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Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Homepage Tribute

Apple today has commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full homepage tribute on the company's website. The image on the site is accompanied by a famous quote from the African-American civil rights leader, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly expressed his admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. in the past, telling journalist Charlie Rose that he keeps photos of Dr. King and politician Robert F. Kennedy in his office at Apple.
"I had the — just tremendous respect for both of them, and so I do," he said. "I look at them every day because I think for people — there’s still too many cases in the world and in the United States where there’s a class kind of structure or where voting or people are trying to convince each other that this other group of people don’t deserve the same rights. And I think it’s crazy, I think it’s un-American."
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King, and many employees in the country are given the day off. Last year, in lieu of a paid day off, Apple pledged to donate an additional $50 for each voluntary hour worked by employees on MLK Day.
Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.



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12 months ago
Good question Apple. Here I'll answer for you.

Running tax avoidance havens out of Ireland while hiring the cheapest labor I can source from China while selling products at the highest possible point in the U.S. Oh wait, you meant to ask what we're doing for other people that aren't shareholders?
Rating: 42 Votes
12 months ago
Just love seeing people drop in on every thread anymore to drop the "Tax Turd" and move on. This, perhaps, is the result of poor education or sheltered world view. Either way, it's getting old.

Every public, for-profit corporation has the responsibility to its shareholders/stakeholders to use every legal means possible to protect it's profits while reinvesting in itself and providing a return on investment. Apple goes far beyond that by voluntarily donating significantly to charities and organizations that make a real difference in the world.

Voluntarily donating extra money to the US federal government, or other governments, by paying taxes they are not legally required to is not a donation I'd personally like to see companies like Apple make.

And if you can't see the reason a gay man from Alabama has a picture of MLK on his desk, you need to go back and study the civil rights movement.
Rating: 21 Votes
12 months ago
Apple should be doing more of these.
Rating: 19 Votes
12 months ago

Good question Apple. Here I'll answer for you.

Running tax avoidance havens out of Ireland while hiring the cheapest labor I can source from China while selling products at the highest possible point in the U.S. Oh wait, you meant to ask what we're doing for other people that aren't shareholders?


Please add all the other companies which do the same, so it's a little bit more fair.
I'll give you Pfizer to start.

AND, while we are at it, please post the laws Apple is breaking by doing what they do.

Then add the politicians and countries who pass the tax codes, labor laws etc. and we have a start.

Ye Apple! Inpirational quote of the day! "What are you doing for others?" - well you are avoiding tax in Ireland to the tune of like 8 BILLION and you sell overpriced products with minimal change year on year to maximise the profit of the richest company ever created! Well done guys, Apple is the modern day mother Theresa!!! Oh.... wait....


Please educate yourself instead of spewing non facts. They are being investigated. That's all for now.
Of course only AFTER many many years of doing the same as other companies.
Rating: 19 Votes
12 months ago

So sick of oppressed Identity Politics.


I'm so sick of racism, but hey ho....... we can't all get what we want eh?
Rating: 16 Votes
12 months ago
Now maybe if they made their executive board a bit more diverse they could help continue what MLK started.
Rating: 16 Votes
12 months ago

The only racist is luther himself, from listening to his speeches he didn't have a good thing to say about white people.

LOL. Yes, we should all go out of our way to praise people who make our lives a living hell. Yet, if someone called you a racist because you didn't go out of your way to say something good about black people, you would start bitching about political correctness destroying this country.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago
Ye Apple! Inpirational quote of the day! "What are you doing for others?" - well you are avoiding tax in Ireland to the tune of like 8 BILLION and you sell overpriced products with minimal change year on year to maximise the profit of the richest company ever created! Well done guys, Apple is the modern day mother Theresa!!! Oh.... wait....
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago

Note: Due to people potentially being racist, this discussion is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum.


Hah, yes I remember the fiasco last year...
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Please add all the other companies which do the same, so it's a little bit more fair.
I'll give you Pfizer to start.

AND, while we are at it, please post the laws Apple is breaking by doing what they do.

Then add the politicians and countries who pass the tax codes, labor laws etc. and we have a start.


Other companies aren't trying to align themselves with great people by putting up tribute pages. When you do that you open yourself up to a special type of criticism.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago

Both MLK day and Columbus Day shouldn't be holidays. That's my opinion.


They could have given me a day off work for Alice in Wonderland and I would have taken it.

Shall we only have days off like "The fourth Monday in every third month starting in January, and 4 additional days to be arranged at the discretion of the employer"? :p Sounds like appointments for dental cleanings.

About honoring Dr. King: who knows where this country would be now if he and his followers of the time had not persevered in their insistence that we try harder to live up to the ideals of our Constitution. It's pretty clear to me that without Dr. King's work we would not have had the 1964 Civil Rights Act. There's only so long a nation can sustain itself on a huge gap between what it says it stands for and what it stands for. History around the world shows us that. We've narrowed the gap between what we say about equal protection and what we do to ensure it, but not enough to sprawl on the couch and figure "mission accomplished".

So I like the question posed on Apple's home page today. It's a reminder we're not done learning how to live together, how to close up more of that gap between our realities and our constitutional ideals.

(And as some members of the forum probably already know since I've posted about it from time to time, the holiday is also extra-special to me because sixteen years ago there happened to be a major blizzard on Martin Luther King day and it caused me to have to quit smoking cigarettes... "free at last"!!) :)
Rating: 9 Votes

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