A crowdfunding campaign has been initiated on the internet with the aim of ensuring the safety of Zyahna Bryant, an activist associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Bryant has encountered significant controversy after her collaboration with Dove to advocate for “fat liberation,” as well as allegations of her involvement in the expulsion of a white student due to a misunderstanding of their remarks. The GoFundMe initiative, initiated by Erica Chapman, who asserts her familial relationship with Bryant, seeks to provide protection for Bryant in light of escalating threats and instances of hate mail that she has seen over the years.
In August, Bryant, a community organizer and student activist, made a public announcement on her collaboration with Dove. The objective of this alliance is to advocate for “fat liberation” and prioritize the perspectives of underrepresented groups. Nevertheless, it came to light that Bryant had advocated for the removal of a Caucasian student, Morgan Bettinger, from the University of Virginia based on remarks that she afterwards acknowledged she could have misinterpreted.
The objective of the fundraising campaign is to generate a total of $15,000, with an amount of around $10,000 already gathered as of the end of Sunday. The precise characteristics of the threats directed on Bryant, as well as the potential security measures that may be implemented for her protection, remain ambiguous.
The association between Bryant and Dove generated significant controversy and prompted demands for a boycott of Dove products. While some individuals have levied allegations against her, claiming that she intends to inflict harm onto Bettinger’s life due to misconstrued remarks, proponents argue that she encounters substantial hazards as a vocal proponent and activist under the prevailing societal context.
The scandal surrounding Dove and its parent company, Unilever, has not been officially acknowledged or addressed by either entity. The primary objective of the fundraising is to provide support for Bryant, enabling her to pursue her advocacy work and academic pursuits without being impeded by instances of racism, including assaults and threats.