A Chic-fil-A in Texes recently showed its public support of the so-called police lives matter campaign that counters the Black Lives Matter movement. The Chic-fil-A ordered t-shirts for its employees that reads “Back the Blue” and “Go Blue or Go Home.” When interviewed about it, the restaurant manager, Eli Advincula, stated:
[We wanted to] show support for Police Lives Matter because officers are out on our streets every day.
He also added that the shirts show support to their local high school football team whose colors are blue and green. It has yet to be seen if Chic-fil-A will make a statement in regards to the Texas store’s actions.
The problem is that when we look at a similar action that was taken by a Dunkin Donuts employee, the dialogue was completely different. There was much controversy about how offensive the actions of that employee was to police officers; however, nothing has been said about the way that this Chic-fil-A’s actions may offend or affect the Black Lives Matter movement. It is still yet to be seen whether Chic-fil-A will make a statement about the Texas store’s demonstration. However, it is not likely that they will be opposed as Chic-fil-A is known for hosting fundraisers for the families of fallen officers.
There is a trend developing where we mix politics with business. Granted everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs; however, I find it deeply problematic when a business entity blends the politics of it’s owners and leaders into the core of the business structure. This can lead to an oppressive atmosphere in the workplace that may alienate employees who may not agree but may otherwise enjoy working at the company.
While it is understandable that people are passionate about their opinions there has to be some boundaries in order to maintain public peace and allow America to bring true its promise made in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I’m not sayin; I’m just sayin,
An Angry Black Man