Everyone please read this.
Sorry I’m not sorry, but I want a restaurant that doesn’t donate to bigotry in legislation.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I’m not going to give my money to a company that gives some of their profit to such endeavors. I’m also not going to cheer on an athlete that makes racist comments, just like I won’t support an athlete that condones (or commits) violence against women.
Considering the history of the Olympics, and the hostages murdered, I stand by Greece for kicking her off the team. Hopefully she’ll learn a lesson more valuable than winning an Olympic medal. Hopefully it will make people think. Hopefully it will prevent other people from making the same mistake. But above all, this move says, “We as a country don’t condone this,” and I think that’s awesome.
Here’s the thing.
If it was just some guy serving me a sandwich, and I was handing him money so he could eat and put a roof over his head, maybe that’s one thing.
But if I’m giving him money and part of that money is going to people who are promoting something that I find morally reprehensible, guess what?
It isn’t about the sandwich anymore.
What your money goes to matters.
In fact, in a capitalist country like the U.S., where your views are sometimes only as heard as your money can make them loud, where your money goes matters a lot. Yes, we live in a democracy. But our democracy is not only run by our voices, it’s run by our money. Our money speaks for us.
If it was just Joe Somebody on the corner selling me a sandwich, if he was selling it to me along with a mouthful of ideology like Chik-Fil-A’s, my appetite would probably be ruined anyway.
But when your money speaks for you, and the money you fork over for that sandwich is saying “I support what this company is spouting,” it’s not just a sandwich anymore. And if you don’t understand why what we do with our money is important, I suggest you Google “boycott” and “Montgomery bus”…or “Delano grapes”…or, um, “Boston” and “tea.” Sit in on a basic civics class. Something.
Is boycotting Chik-Fil-A the same scope? Probably not, but you never know how something will spread.
And if your craving for a particular sandwich is more important than my rights as a human being, well, let me step off my more civil soap box and tell you how I really feel.