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Wells Fargo offers its customers the ability to personalize their credit and debit cards with images “that reflect what’s important to you.” A family photo, a picture of your pet, your kid’s artwork — “the choice is yours,” the banking giant advertises on its website.

So Rachel Nash, a Baltimore city schoolteacher, tried, as the company advises, to “make a statement with an image.”

When her city erupted in protests over the 2015 death of a young black man, Freddie Gray, from an injury sustained while in police custody, the white English teacher wanted to express solidarity with a national movement protesting the string of police killings of black citizens and signal to students that she was willing to listen by wearing a “Black Lives Matter” tank top to school.

Nash says she’s fed up with white people who freely disparage black youth in front of her and wants to extend the conversation to those she interacts with while she buys groceries, gets coffee, dines at restaurants — wherever and whenever she uses her debit card.

But Wells Fargo rejected her design by email saying that, “her design did not meet the company’s guidelines.” A customer service rep told Nash that Wells Fargo “didn’t want to be associated with any antisocial or offensive organizations.”



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