Chick-Fil-A's CEO Says White People Should Do This to Fight Racism
The CEO of the wildly popular yet controversial fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A offered a curious solution to the social ills of racism and prejudice that still exist in America. Dan Cathy suggested that white people should shine the shoes, and perhaps give a hug to, their fellow citizens who are black, and even revealed he once sent 1,500 shoe polishing brushes to his staff as an example.
Cathy sat down for a televised discussion at Atlanta's Passion City Church on Sunday with local Pastor Louie Giglio and rapper Lecrae for what was described by the church as "an open and honest conversation around how racism has plagued our city for generations, and the steps we can all take to confront it head-on in our church, our neighborhoods, and our hearts." Atlanta has arguably been the center for national civil unrest lately, most recently due to the killing of Rayshard Brooks in an Atlanta-area Wendy's parking lot.
The conservative billionaire CEO urged white Christians to take advantage of this "special moment" in American history, asking them to repent for racism and fight for their Black "brothers and sisters" in the wake of ongoing protests over the police killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, and many others.
But it was his shoe-shining comment that raised eyebrows when the CEO even went so far as to brush and shine the shoes of rapper Lecrae with whom he shared the stage. A video of that moment was uploaded to YouTube, which you can watch here:
The Chick-fil-A CEO said that, in his esteem, white people have shown apathy and indifference towards racial inequalities because they have not considered the experience of many Black Americans. "It's somebody else's deal. This is about police shooting people, it's much more than that," Cathy said, as reported by Christian Post. "It's about the grind of that kind of indignity and other expressions of it."
Chick-Fil-A has been at the center of a number of political controversies, as the conservatively-owned food chain remains closed on Sundays for religious reasons. Most recently, the FAA launched a religious discrimination investigation into the fast-food chain's record of anti-LGBTQ behavior, which includes almost $2 million in donations to groups opposing same-sex marriage in 2017 and anti-same-sex-marriage comments that Cathy made in a radio interview in 2012. Chick-Fil-A representatives have not immediately responded to requests for comment.