Yesterday, a high ranking employee of Franklin Templeton Investments, Amy Cooper was caught on a now viral video, making a racist false police report against an innocent Black man in Central Park, New York.
Cooper is not the only Franklin Investment employee accused of racism. One of the former CEO’s of the company Charles B. Johnson, has been criticized for allegedly supporting anti-Black racism in the past.
In 2018, Johnson and his wife, Ann, each donated thousands of dollars to the campaign of a confederate flag waving Republican U.S. Senator from Mississippi, Cindy Hyde-Smith.
On the campaign trail, Hyde-Smith was running against Mike Espy, a Foundational Black American democratic candidate, when a video surfaced showing her jokingly making references to public hanging.
After the lynching reference controversy became public, several corporations, including Walmart, AT&T and Pfizer, publicly renounced their support for Hyde-Smith and asked that she return contributions they made before her comments became public. But Charles B. Johnson was criticized for donating more money to Hyde-Smith after the hanging comments became public.
Charles B. Johnson, who is also part owner of the San Francisco Giants, was also criticized for donating money to a conservative PAC that ran racist ads targeting Black voters.