Indra Nooyi #BeBolder and Denounce White Supremacy

Indra Nooyi, Chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo

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Due to immense pressure on Trump for downplaying the violence committed by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville and putting the “blame on both sides,” his Strategic and Policy Forum and the American Manufacturing Council disbanded yesterday.

While Pepsi Chairwoman and CEO Indra Nooyi’s former seat is no longer a tacit endorsement of Trump’s hateful rhetoric and policies like the escalation of ICE raids, Muslim and refugee bans, and the discriminatory voter fraud commission, we are still waiting for her explicit denouncement of white supremacy.

There’s an easy solution. We call on Indra Nooyi to sign onto our Asian Americans Against White Supremacy joint letter with Advancing Justice.

Now is the time to act. As Asian Americans, we cannot let our community leaders be used as pawns in holding up white supremacy.


This is the letter we'll send to Indra Nooyi on your behalf:

Dear Indra Nooyi,

As Asian Americans, we are calling on you to explicitly denounce white supremacy. We acknowledge that the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum was disbanded yesterday due to intense pressure on Trump for downplaying the violence committed by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville and putting the “blame on both sides”. Yet, to abandon ship when it is clearly sinking is not enough.

Your seat was a tacit endorsement of Trump’s hateful, racist rhetoric and policies - such as the escalation of ICE raids, the Muslim and refugee bans, the discriminatory voter fraud commission - all antithetical to the family-friendly values of Pepsi. His Presidential campaign and now his administration have consistently attacked our Asian American community and all of us who also identify as Latino, Muslim and Black, women, immigrants, refugees and disabled people.

This is a matter of personal conscience. As an Asian American leader, our community looks to you to be an example. We urge you to publicly join, and share, our joint letter with Asian Americans Advancing Justice denouncing white supremacy and bigotry in all its forms. Your colleague Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck, said as he resigned, “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Indra Nooyi, we know you have that same responsibility and will do the right thing by boldly and loudly denouncing white supremacy.

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To: Indra Nooyi, Chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo
From: [Your Name]

Dear Indra Nooyi,

As Asian Americans, we are calling on you to explicitly denounce the Trump White House and its endorsement of white supremacy. We acknowledge that the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum was disbanded yesterday due to intense pressure and passionate campaigning. Yet, to abandon ship when it is clearly sinking is not enough.

Your seat was viewed as a tacit endorsement of Trump’s hateful, racist rhetoric and policies; all antithetical to the family-friendly values of Pepsi. His Presidential campaign and now his administration have consistently attacked not only our Asian American community, but also Latino, Muslim and Black communities as well as women, immigrants, refugees and people with disabilities.

We believe that you too think that this is a matter of personal conscience. As an Asian American leader, our community looks up to you to be an example. We urge you to denounce the White House whose President espouses bigotry and tolerates domestic terrorism. Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck, said as he resigned, “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Indra Nooyi, we know you feel that same responsibility and will do the morally conscionable action by boldly and loudly denouncing the Trump White House and white supremacy.