Back the Blue
While Chick-fil-A released a statement after these earlier controversies saying they would leave the gay marriage issue “to the government and political arena,” they didn’t stay out of incendiary topics for long.
The restaurant is back in the news after a Texas location took an overtly public stance on one of today’s biggest issues in America: the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing reports of policy brutality, especially against minorities.
Go Blue or Go Home
In several pictures that quickly made rounds on the internet, Chick-fil-A employees can be seen wearing shirts that say “BACK THE BLUE” and “GO BLUE OR GO HOME.” The local chain manager, Eli Advincula, confirmed that the shirts were meant to “show our support for Police Lives Matter […] they are out on our streets every day.”
Police Lives Matter is a movement born amidst recent anti-police demonstrations that urges citizens to obey and respect law enforcement in order to promote cooperation and safety.
Taking a Stance
Needless to say, reactions to the restaurant’s decision to wear these shirts and decidedly show support for one cause over the other has lead to mixed reactions.
Many people found the simple gesture to be brave, especially considering the recent decline in popularity among police and other first responders. Others felt that the company was once against laying down its foot in social issues that it was better off avoiding.
The most important thing to remember, however, is that the shirts were primarily designed to show support for a local football team. While the manager did confirm that the shirts’ duality was intended to comment on the police issue, they were first and foremost made for some good old Texas high school football, a fact which many people failed to understand before commenting.
In the above purported Facebook post from Chick-fil-A, the company clarifies that this was a decision made by the one chain and not representative of the restaurant corporation as a whole.
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