Wells Fargo lets you design your own credit card or debit card — put whatever image and slogan on it you wish, although they have rules because they’re a big company with lots of lawyers. So no trademarked images, they don’t want to get sued. And nothing controversial, because they don’t want to be in the news.
But what they decide counts as controversial itself can wind up in the news, because they’ve rejected a Black Lives Matter design for a card.
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Wells Fargo says that cards most maintain ‘political neutrality’ though they provide gay pride imagery. However they put Black Lives Matter in the same box as ‘a swastika’ and ‘a Confederate flag.’
A swastika would warrant a clear rejection, Dahl said. As would a Confederate flag.
What about a card with the words “Choose Life” for those who oppose abortion rights?
“Generally speaking, we would err on the side of caution as to what is considered political,” Dahl said in an interview.
Now, Black Lives Matter is a controversial movement, although mostly when critics pick out the more extreme statements made by people who consider themselves a part of it. At root, there’s little question that:
- Black lives do matter
- It doesn’t always feel that way to many in that community
- Saying certain lives matter isn’t saying that other lives do not matter
The movement isn’t known as ‘Only’ Black Lives Matter. Instead it highlights to white people (who may not have been aware) the extra burdens innocent black people face as a result of how they’re treated by law enforcement. There are absolutely objectionable views expressed by many who are part of the movement, and I do not endorse those, but I also don’t think it’s fair to judge on the basis of those more extreme views.
You’d think that with as happy Wells Fargo is to open accounts their customers don’t even want and didn’t ask for, that they’d be willing to accommodate whatever design customers want on their cards since they offer a service to let customers design their own cards.
Then again since they’re arguing that customers who had accounts opened in their names without authorization can’t sue because they are, in fact, customers who agreed to binding arbitration.
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Of course if Wells Fargo won’t make you the card design you want, you can pay a third party to make it for you.
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