New York Life Director Who Tells BLM Strategist to ‘Die’ Promptly Fired

Sheryl Estrada, Diversity Inc, August 18, 2016

New York Life (No. 23 on the 2016 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity) took swift action in firing Corey Multer, a managing director at the company for more than 20 years, after he wrote a racist and misogynistic threat against Shanelle Matthews, the lead communications strategist for the Black Lives Matter National Network.

Last week, in a private Facebook message, Matthews received the following note from Multer’s account:

“You f*cking racist pig whore. The world would be a much better place if you jumped in front of a moving train. Die!”

Matthews, a former strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union, made the message public in a Facebook post. She said she believes Multer was responding to her thoughts on The Movement for Black Lives’, a collective of more than 50 organizations including #BlackLivesMatter, policy platform released August 1. The platform focuses on domestic policies but also on international issues, including stating support for Palestinians.

“He sent me this message, I assume because I recently made some explicit comments regarding my views on Zionism with which he observably disagrees,” she wrote. {snip}

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At 6:27 p.m. the same day [Matthews contacted them], New York Life sent a tweet to Matthews announcing that Multer had been terminated from his position.

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A New York Life spokesperson confirmed Multer had been with the company since 1987 and was indeed fired on August 10.

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