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Detroit — General Motors Co. is planning a series of meetings with Black-owned media executives after canceling a virtual meeting scheduled for Thursday between CEO Mary Barra and the leaders who called her out in an ad this week.
Instead, GM is planning to host meetings over the next few weeks with Black-owned media executives, including those who took out the ad. The automaker said it plans to increase its spending with that segment to 4% in 2022 and will continue to increase spending with a target of 8% by 2025.
The ad, which first ran in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday, was published in Wednesday's editions of the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Michigan Chronicle.
It was placed by a group of Black media executives headed by Weather Channel owner Byron Allen. The ad claimed Barra had previously refused to meet with the Black executives and called GM out for not spending enough money with the companies.

GM expressed frustration that the ad ran again in two national newspapers.
"We are disappointed that Mr. Allen and his fellow signatories resorted to additional paid media advertising to advance a narrative of factual inaccuracies and character assault against our CEO, Mary Barra," GM spokesman Pat Morrissey said in a statement. "It is particularly perplexing given that the paid advertising appears after the GM team has had repeated meetings with Mr. Allen and his team, and after we had scheduled a meeting between the signatories and Ms. Barra."

The group of Black media executives ran the ad a few days after Barra spoke at a conference about the automaker's commitment to becoming the "most inclusive" company. GM and other companies have been more vocal about their diversity and inclusion efforts since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died last year after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck, prompting nationwide protests and calls for action.
Allen is the first signature on the ad. The founder, chairman and CEO of Allen Media Group LLC/Entertainment Studios owns 16 ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX network affiliate broadcast television stations and other national outlets, including The Weather Channel.

In an interview with The Detroit News, Allen said if Barra were a man he would have just sued GM instead of issuing an open letter advertisement. But he gave her "the benefit of the doubt" because she's a woman and worked hard to get where she is.

In 2020, GM spent $2.7 billion on advertising and promotions, according to an SEC filing. Allen said the seven signatories on the ad received $5 million.
"We are not speaking on behalf of just those seven people, we're speaking on behalf of Black-owned media," he said. "Black-owned media takes in very little money from General Motors.
"These are the biggest Black-owned media companies in America, and when we're taking in less than $5 million collectively out of nearly $3 billion — that is the very definition of systemic racism."
Allen said he wants to see "a real number that provides real economic inclusion for Black-owned media. I am hoping that we have a good outcome and the next ad is celebrating Mary Barra and General Motors."
 

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Wow, Just Wow.

If you want to sell more Mouse Traps, build a better Mouse Trap.

This whole Era is getting out of hand. Started when "McDon---'s Coffee is Hot" IMO. Would you be able to Sue if your coffee was a Luke warm 96.3 degrees?

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In an interview with The Detroit News, Allen said if Barra were a man he would have just sued GM instead of issuing an open letter advertisement. But he gave her "the benefit of the doubt" because she's a woman and worked hard to get where she is.
Isn't this just as Politically Incorrect? or is just Stoking the Coals?
 

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Wow, Just Wow.

If you want to sell more Mouse Traps, build a better Mouse Trap.

This whole Era is getting out of hand. Started when "McDon---'s Coffee is Hot" IMO. Would you be able to Sue if your coffee was a Luke warm 96.3 degrees?

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Isn't this just as Politically Incorrect? or is just Stoking the Coals?
Good lord. You can't make this stuff up.
 

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Were I GM I'd put 50% of my marketing budget to black-owned companies, but 0% to these extortionists. Then they couldn't say a damn thing.
I was going to say the same thing - increase my spending, but exclude these extortionists. She should turn around and sue them for libel - they called her a racist with zero evidence. Like I said in the other thread, they're just butt hurt because she wouldn't meet with them personally and directed them toward the chief marketing officer who was in charge of this effort.
 

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If GM had any guts, they'd schedule no separate meetings with black-owned companies. Meetings based on skin color is the very definition of racism.
 

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I was going to say the same thing - increase my spending, but exclude these extortionists.
Divide up their share and for use it for other minority owned companies, if you truly want diversity. (we know better)

She should turn around and sue them for libel - they called her a racist with zero evidence.
Heck yeah. Don't negotiate with terrorists.
 

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I thought in U.S.A you can choose what company, media or whatever, you want to work with?
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In an interview with The Detroit News, Allen said if Barra were a man he would have just sued GM instead of issuing an open letter advertisement.
So it means it is better to have woman as a CEO so black-owned media won't sue you or what?

I mean ..in my country we have ****ty politicians, corrupted judiciary, lousy media, some minorities that are allowed to robbed other peoples and doesn't get punished by police or court etc . but i thought it is better in U.S.A.
 

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GM is a true victim of extortion. Why does their work not speak for them? Sales is difficult, but if you can bully people into purchasing your stuff, why not? The Mafia does it all the time.
This sheit is going to come back and bite everyone who is not involved in the blackmail
 

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In an interview with The Detroit News, Allen said if Barra were a man he would have just sued GM instead of issuing an open letter advertisement. But he gave her "the benefit of the doubt" because she's a woman and worked hard to get where she is.

Isn't this just as Politically Incorrect? or is just Stoking the Coals?
Yeah, that one stuck out for me too.........

How about this one; so when should we expect they sue Ford and Stalantis; would love to read that case..... clowns.

When asked about why Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis NV weren't also addressed in the ad, Allen said: "Let me just say this way, everybody in corporate America will be held accountable. We're gonna close the trade deficit between White corporate America and Black America."

Keep waiting, the racism that has been engineered by the likes of Lemon is disgusting
They are creating more racism, hate anger and extremists; keep escalating.......... it doesn't end well, like they give a crap, they just want power.
 

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Were I GM I'd put 50% of my marketing budget to black-owned companies, but 0% to these extortionists. Then they couldn't say a damn thing.
I would agree with this, except there is one thing missing. The companies that get shunned will continue to advertise and accuse. Reality and truth have no place in Cancel Culture. If they continue to yell loud enough, and threaten enough, they will get their way. This is why Cancel Culture still exists................. because those who are aimed at by it are too scared to stand their ground. This is what the "cancelors" are banking on because it has been working great up to now. Why stop??

Rotten Rottie Rescue here in AZ, which is one of the BEST Rottweiler rescues in the country had it happen to them. A couple of people didn't like what they did with a purebred puppy that they got surrendered to them. Facts be damned. So, they worked on cancelling them. Posting a huge string of lies on a large dog lovers page with selective quotes taken out of context. No one in the dog lovers page checked for the facts.................. they just set about destroying this rescue. Hundreds of fake negative reviews on Yelp and Google. Posting horrible things about the owner of the rescue, Shelly. She was destroyed.................. but we fought back. A large group of us attacked the attackers. We posted hundreds of positive reviews, and had other people who had adopted dogs from them do the same. We reported everybody and everything. It took weeks and many hundreds of hours, but we.................... and RRR came out on top.

It is possible to win this horrible game. It does take a HUGE amount of intestinal fortitude and effort..................... which is why everyone just caves, which just makes this garbage perpetuated by losers, more prevalent.

GM needs to take out their own ads. They need to have minority owned advertising companies that they work with take out ads. This needs to be an all out war, or MOB wins.
 

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The fact that people walk around thinking what skin color they have is pretty strange. No one gives a s * t what color you are broda!
I wouldn't say it's a uniquely American thing to do, as it is done (consciously or subconsciously) around the world.
Americans do make a big deal about it because of our own inherent cultural beliefs that "everyone is created equal."
It's nice to say, and it feels good when saying it.

But in practice, it doesn't always work that way. And I actually think there's a cultural shift going on in this country, where many parts are finally seeing these problems come to light. And we're finally recognizing it.
 
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