Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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I don’t care what you do. That’s the gist. I haven’t eaten at Chik-Fil-A in a few years because contrary to what many people seem to believe, the CEO has ALWAYS said things like he’s recently said and he has ALWAYS donated to hate organizations. I found this out a few years ago and haven’t eaten there since.
I love Chik-Fil-A food. I really do. Not to mention that sauce. I miss it.
Here’s the thing though, I can go elsewhere. I repeat, I CAN go elsewhere. I don’t mean that I can, as in, I can just find somewhere else to go. I mean, financially and geographically, I can go elsewhere. Not everyone has that luxury. Yes, it IS a luxury. For me, Chik-Fil-A was nothing more than an easy meal. For others, it is cheap food that, compared to other equally priced fast food places, is fairly healthy. Yes, it would be great if everyone could make their ethical choices and their incessant need to, ya know, live, match up. Most of us can’t.
If you continue to go to Chik-Fil-A, I will not believe that you are automatically an anti-gay bigot. However, if you went to Chik-Fil-A TODAY, I am going to wonder. If you felt the need to make post after post and status update after status update about the “Rights” of the CEO but completely overlook that you DON’T believe in the “Rights” of the protesters, I am going to wonder. Depending on what you actually say, I might even know.
Still, if Chik-Fil-A is your cheap go-to and you are hungry and broke, have at it. You aren’t less of an ethical person for eating there. If we’re being honest with each other, we would ALL be hungry if we only ate at places that were perfectly aligned with our beliefs. If you can boycott Chik-Fil-A, I hope that you will. If you can’t, I hope you don’t let anyone shame you into going hungry.