Chick-fil-A caves: Don’t worry, Black Lives Matter, we weren’t actually supporting police (Op-ed)

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It has been made clear over the past couple weeks that if you support law enforcement, you are now considered a racist.

One of my friends had her hairdresser tell her that she would no longer be able to do her hair because she is a former police officer. A hair dresser!

It’s cancel culture at its finest. Or worst, really.

I have seen on social media where vehicles with Blue Line Flag stickers or license plates have been vandalized. We have seen company after company pandering to an ignorant society by posting messages online advertising their support for Black Lives Matter and their commitment to fight racial injustice.

Shouldn’t that go without saying?

We can now add Chik-Fil-A to the ever-growing list of people who are apologetic panderers.

Earlier this month Chik-Fil-A apologized for a picture of a Chik-Fil-A employee wearing a t-shirt with “Back the Blue” printed on the back of it. The picture has been circulating on social media.

According to Fox News, Chik-Fil-A had taken criticism about the photo, mainly critics were accusing the chain restaurant of being racist.

So Chik-Fil-A explained they were simply supporting a local football team. Not law enforcement.

Wait. What?

I understand that the t-shirt was in support of a football team but why would Chik-Fil-A be so quick to correct the belief that the company supported law enforcement? People are continuing to push the narrative that if you support law enforcement you cannot also condemn racial injustice. The two are not mutually exclusive!

So much for inclusion.

Chik-Fil-A did not stop there.

Last Sunday, Chik-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy discussed racism during a 70-minute roundtable discussion held at Passion City Church in Atlanta.  Also in attendance was Louie Giglio, Passion City founder, and Lecrae, a Christian rapper.

During the discussion, Cathy said:

“We as Caucasians, until we’re willing to just pick up the baton and fight for our black, African-American brothers and sisters, which they are as one human race, we’re shameful. We’re just adding to it.”

The son of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy went on to say:

“[The company has had] about a dozen Chick-fil-A restaurants vandalized in the last week, but my plea would be for the white people, rather than point fingers at that kind of criminal effort, would be to see the level of frustration and exasperation and almost the sense of hopelessness that exists on some of those activists within the African-American community.”

Dan Cathy continued the pandering to Giglio and Lecrae:

“I invite folks just to put some words to action here and if we need to find somebody that needs to have their shoes shined, we need to just go right on over and shine their shoes. Whether they got tennis shoes on or not — maybe they got sandals on — it really doesn’t matter.

“But there’s a time in which we need to have some personal action here. Maybe we need to give them a hug too. I bought about 1,500 of these [shoeshine brushes] and I gave them to all our Chick-Fil-A operators and staff a number of years ago.

“So, any expressions of a contrite heart, of a sense of humility, a sense of shame, a sense of embarrassment begat with an apologetic heart — I think that’s what our world needs to hear today.”

To put his money where his mouth is, Cathy shined the shoes of Lecrae during the discussion.

So – we are apologizing, shining shoes, ignoring destruction of property and I am sure there will be something else added in a day or two.

But when will it be enough?

As we saw, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a massive wave of public outcry. The people demanded action and got it. Even though Derek Chauvin and other MPD officers were fired and charged in Floyds death, even with officials responding quickly and appropriately, nothing could quell the masses.

Cities still burned, and police officers were senselessly killed around the country during violent protests and riots. Which are still happening, weeks later.

Not one person is speaking up about all the reforms policing has seen over the last decade. Procedural Justice, Restorative Justice, alternatives to incarceration and the list goes on and on. That’s not even counting the technological innovations like body cameras and less lethal force options.

You would be hard-pressed to find another field that has seen such reform and evolution as policing, particularly in urban areas. So, when is someone going to advocate for the modern-day police officer and offer us an apology?

I don’t think we should hold our breath.

This anti-police move isn’t the only business showing their hate for cops.

Earlier this month, Law Enforcement Today told you about a donut shop that was really “sticking it to the man” by degrading police and military. Here’s that story again in case you missed it.

 

 

 
The owner of a donut shop based out of Rhode Island decided that they were going to join in on the ongoing virtue signaling about slandering police.

The way this was done was in two parts: By broad-brushing police as being “above” the law, and by pulling all military and police discounts from his shop.

The shop in question is Allie’s Donuts, and the revelation of ending police and military discounts was delivered via the shop’s Instagram account on June 6th. Ironically, the message that literally said “shame on you” to police and military was on the anniversary of D-Day.

The text from the first portion of the Instagram Story from Allie’s Donuts stated the following on the evening of June 6th:

“A note to the officer who profiled the Providence firefighter the other night: That is an example of terrible job performance. If you were an athlete, you would be cut from your team.

If you were an employee, we would fire you immediately. But you are a Police Officer. And despite being the ones responsible for protecting the law, you may be considered ‘above it’ & face ZERO consequences for your mistake.”

Chick-fil-A caves: Don't worry, Black Lives Matter, we weren't actually supporting police (Op-ed)

There are a lot of assumptions going on from said speculation of an isolated incident.

Matt Drescher, who is the owner of Allie’s Donuts and handles the Instagram account in question, alleges that just because someone is a police officer that they may be “above” the law.

There have been multiple instances where law enforcement officers get arrested for alleged crimes – even before the riots and protests kicked off after the death of George Floyd.

There was the LAPD officer arrested in early May for allegedly shooting another officer during a camping trip. There was the Dallas police officer arrested on May 4th for DWI.  Even in Rhode Island, where Drescher lives, a Cranston police officer was arrested for assault on May 18th.

That’s only this past May, and it’s not even all of the police officers arrested for alleged crimes either. 

This narrative that police habitually don’t get arrested for crimes and are “above the law” is complete nonsense.

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On the second portion of the Instagram Story from Allie’s Donuts, Drescher decided to end all discounts for military and police:

“We’re fed up. Until local police takes action to solve problems with racism & injustice, [Allie’s Donuts] will choose to stand with people of our great state. We will no longer offer military or police discounts. Thank you for your service, and shame on you for your silence.”

Chick-fil-A caves: Don't worry, Black Lives Matter, we weren't actually supporting police (Op-ed)

Obviously, the donut shop belongs to Drescher. So, if he wants to end discounts, then that’s certainly his right.

But where exactly is the “silence” coming from both police and military lately?

The military’s commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, acknowledged that what happened to George Floyd was bad. Police chiefs and sheriffs across the country have said that what happened to Floyd was unjust.

Just where in the hell is this so called “silence” in which police and military need to be shamed for?

Furthermore, “problems with racism” isn’t something that is exclusive to policing and thus doesn’t fall solely in the hands of police to “solve” – and there’s no magic fix to stop all racism either.

Racism is something that can be combated proactively via education, and reactively when incidents related to racism crop up.

But suggesting that someone or some entity “solve” issues related to racism is like tasking someone with fixing stupidity. To date, there has yet to be a solution to bad ideas or ideologies spreading and being adopted; which racism is a product of the aforementioned.

But, let’s be honest: Drescher just wanted to virtue signal by spreading divisive rhetoric.

If everyday people took the same formula of seeing evidence of one bad police officer and labeling all police as a part of the problem and applied that logic everywhere, you’d call them out for being dumb.

Imagine if someone was mistreated or racially profiled at a Dunkin’ Donuts and decided that it was up to all donut shops to fix that problem. That’s like getting harassed at Target by an employee and saying you’ll never shop at Walmart again, because retail outlets need to address issues from your Target experience.

The anecdote is just plain stupid. Period.

The nonsense Instagram Story caught the attention of the North Kingstown Police Department, and even they posted on Facebook that the online virtue signaling was divisive:

“Sad to Hear … this is divisive. We certainly do not need nor want a discount, however this message of targeting (removed hate) your police and fire departments, your local military and your veterans is distasteful- let’s start talking about how to lift UP our community and not tear it down- police themselves aren’t the problem – racism is the problem. Thank you to our community for the love.”

At the end of the day, it’s Drescher’s donut shop and he can do what he wants and conduct his business however he feels. However, don’t buy into the nonsensical narrative that he’s contributing to. 

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