(JTA) — MGM Resorts International denounced “hate speech and hate-based actions” in a letter to employees that offered to match their donations to civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League.
“The events in Charlotttesville and Barcelona can easily cause us to feel overcome by hatred and gutted by violence, leaving open questions about our future – as a nation, a global society and even a human race,” MGM CEO James Murren wrote in a letter to all employees that was made public by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
In addition to the ADL, the human rights groups eligible for matching funds from MGM Resorts International according to the letter are: Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, Council on American Islamic Relations, OCA National-Asian Pacific American Advocates, and League of United Latin American Citizens.
MGM Resorts is the largest casino operator on the Las Vegas Strip and employs about 77,000 people worldwide.
Murren was a life-long Republican before he broke ranks last year and endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton.