How The Nation's Largest Black-Owned Bank Is Honoring The Lives of Slain Black Boys
OneUnited Bank is taking a digital knee.
19-year-old Tony Robinson of Madison, Wisconsin, 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri and 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Ohio, are just three of many black boys whose lives were taken at the hands of police over the past four years. The recent stream of recorded footage of deadly police shootings of unarmed black boys has mobilized movements, created legislation and inspired former NFL player, Colin Kaepernick to take a knee during the national anthem in protest of racism and police killings of black Americans.
As an extension of this national outcry for justice, OneUnited Bank launched a debit card featuring an image of a young black boy draped in an American flag. Painted by acclaimed black artist and muralist Addonis Parker, the image was painted in homage to the young black boys whose lives have been taken over the years.
The selection of the image, named "Doonie" after the artists' childhood nickname, represents the informal mission of the OneUnited Bank team to honor our authentic black voices and experiences by embracing the important tradition within the black community of nicknaming our children. The Doonie Card gives customers access to 25,000 surcharge-free ATMs across the country.
The Doonie Visa Debit or ATM Card allows customers to honor our children and our black boys with every swipe, showing that Black Lives and #BlackMoneyMatters.