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Executives with the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise were shamed into issuing an apology for its perceived support of law enforcement after a picture of an employee wearing a shirt that said: “Back the Blue” went viral again on social media.
And while that slogan is often associated with police officers, in fact, the employee’s shirt didn’t even have anything to do with them.
The shirts were circa 2015 and they were linked to a local high school football team.
Chick-fil-A didn't release "Back the Blue" shirts in response to July 2016 protests against police violence. The shirts were created in support of a high school football team.
PUBLISHED 12 JULY 2016
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A Reuter’s fact-check of the image was added by Facebook after the picture was posted recently to its platform, adding a message that indicated it contained “partly false information.”
“A representative from Jackson Spalding, Chick-fil-A’s public relations firm confirmed to Reuters that these t-shirts were made in 2015 by ‘one locally owned-and-operated Chick-fil-A restaurant’ to support a local high school football team,” Reuters reported.
“The photo is currently being taken out of context,” the representative told Reuters, “so we apologize for any confusion this has caused.”
Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, recently published a statement regarding protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last month. Cathy wrote that Americans who wield power and influence, including himself, should use whatever resources they have available in order to help the country heal. He also discussed what effects recent discussions about race and privilege had on him.
But while there was a negative reaction to the shirts online from people who assumed they were supportive of law enforcement, others said there is nothing wrong with being able to identify an injustice — Floyd’s death — while still acknowledging that the vast majority of police officers are good people doing a tough job to protect communities.
Fox News contributor and former U.S. Marine bomb technician John Joey Jones said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that “honest people can” make the distinction.
“If that young lady’s dad is a cop, why couldn’t she wear ‘Back the Blue’ every single day? Why would she have to be shamed away from doing it, or why would her employer apologize for her?” Jones said.
(Source: Fox News)
“That’s a scenario that would be pretty reasonable,” he continued. “The point is, if you’re the type of person that the heroic actions of police officers…mattered to you two days ago, but for some reason don’t matter to you today, then you’ve succumbed to a narrative that isn’t true and you are the one with the problem because you don’t have conviction in your life.”
Far-Left groups and some Democrats have openly called for ‘defunding’ police departments around the country following the Floyd incident. Also, in the case of Minneapolis, the city council is openly vowing to disband the department altogether — though elected officials have not said how law enforcement would work or function in the aftermath.
“We’re here because we hear you,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said Sunday during a rally. “We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police. We are here because here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period.”
But Jones said turning the death of Floyd into a racial issue used to justify endangering entire communities by getting rid of police officers is a mistake.
“When it comes to racial equality, that is a non-partisan issue,” he told the “Fox & Friends” hosts “The idea that we’re anti-cop, that’s something different. That’s not racial equality, that’s attacking that in and of itself is a good thing and filled with honorable people.
“Somebody’s got to put their foot down and say, we’re not going to do anything but cower to a political ideology if we keep going down this road,” Jones added.
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