The CEO of PayPal, Dan Schulman, admitted in a recent interview that his company consults with the SPLC—Southern Poverty Law Centre — which, in recent years, seems to be turning into a radical, far left, anti-Christian organization for blacklisting conservatives. It is said that PayPal has been denying services to conservatives and blacklisting them under the disguise of ‘company corporate values.’
Schulman says that PayPal identifies itself with values like diversity and inclusion and it will go to great lengths to separate itself from groups and people that are against those values. PayPal has taken many steps that make its stance evident.
“Businesses need to be a force for good in those values and issues that they believe in. It shouldn’t come from backlash or people taking heat on it, because then it’s in response, as opposed to the definition of who you are and then how you react to the context that you find yourself in,” said Schulman and claimed that the “white supremacist” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 was one of the defining moments for them to blacklist the conservatives – as if “white supremacists” have something to do with conservative values.
Schulman also said, “The line between free speech and hate, nobody teaches it to you in college. Nobody’s defined it in the law.”
PayPal has taken an opposing stance against conservatives before 2017 too. Though Charlottesville was the defining moment, the following event from 2016 makes it evident that PayPal was against conservatives from much before.
“I think North Carolina was probably the moment that was the most visible, where we basically said this violates our core value and we need to make a very public stand on it,” said Schulman about pulling out of an investment in North Carolina after a bill passed was passed by the state that made using bathroom of their biological sex mandatory for people. This investment was estimated to generate 400 jobs.
“There are those both on the right and left that help us. Southern Poverty Law Centre has brought things. We don’t always agree. We have our debates with them. We are very respectful with everyone coming in. We will do the examination carefully,” Schulman explained about working with SPLC.