Chick-fil-A CEO Says White Christians Should “Repent” Racism, Justifies Burning Down of Wendy’s
On Sunday, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy made a bizarre statement in which he called out white conservative Christians to repent racism, and justified the burning down of another fast-food giant, Wendy’s over the death of Rayshard Brooks.
Dan, who was the son of the Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy, opened up about racism after several of their restaurants suffered from vandalism. In a roundtable discussion with Passion City founder Louie Giglio and Christian rapper Lecrae, Cathy claimed that white people should not condemn the protester’s behavior of destroying businesses and properties. Instead, the CEO claimed that people should understand the collective frustration that had resulted in the riots.
Cathy said that his “plea would be for the white people, rather than point fingers at that kind of criminal effort.” He continued that instead, Americans “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.” To prove his point, Cathy even went down to shine Lecrae’s shoes.
He went on to say that what the world needs right now are expressions of “humility,” “shame,” and a “sense of embarrassment” over systemic racism. He also narrated how speaking among black members of his staff had opened his mind to realize that there had been an ongoing “conscious and unconscious biases” in the workplace that makes black employees feel disrespected, and undermined.
He also believed that white people’s lack of time to ask about black experiences had led to a “sense of apathy and indifference.” He claimed that it fostered an idea that police brutality and other issues might only be limited among members of the black community.
In addition, Cathy also spoke about another fast-food giant, Wendy’s, after it was burned down by protesters. He believed that white people need a “period of contrition” and that they should eventually stop criticizing and condemning people who are burning down the restaurant. He called out that being a Caucasian meant that they should be willing to get “the baton” and fight alongside members of the black community. He added that whites have a social responsibility since they all belong to “one human race, “we’re shameful,” Cathy added.
The CEO’s statements came after the restaurant, which was praised for promoting Christian values, redirected its course to support organizations that celebrate LGBTQ pride, and had even hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour.
On Thursday, the restaurant was filled with panic and fear after 10 COVID-19 cases were tied to a Lenexa, restaurant, and prompted it to close its doors. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners confirmed that several coronavirus cases were tied to that Chick-fil-a location. In North Charleston, South Carolina, another Chick-fil-A restaurant had to close down after a worker had tested positive from COVID-19.