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A cheese that Black Lives Matter extremists have claimed stinks has suddenly disappeared from the shelves at Costco.
The controversy began last month when Brian Henry, the owner of Palmetto Cheese and mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, took to Facebook to respond to the murder of two local white residents by a black suspect.
In a heartfelt post, he bluntly asked, “Tell me, where is the outrage? When and where will we begin rioting and burning down businesses in Georgetown.”
The answer, he added, is that this won’t happen because “we live in a civil society, and it won’t change what happened.”
And yet, he continued, BLM and Antifa have been allowed “to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis.”
“Should they have a carte blanche license to pillage and destroy? Why? This has gone on too long. Rise up America. This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations that they are. Law and order, protection of liberty, and the right of peaceful enjoyment. If we don’t have that, we no longer have a country,” he wrote.
Below is a screenshot of the since-deleted post:
The post triggered massive backlash from the increasingly radicalized, pro-criminal left, with local officials and residents — including Vincent Davis, the president of the Pawleys Island Civic Club — all slamming Henry.
“Hello everyone to address Brian Buck Henry remarks who is mayor of the town of Pawleys Island beach side not Pawleys Island we are not the same but Brian Buck Henry count your days, cause we will not allow hate of any kind to separate our community. We will always win with Love for everyone. Pawleys Island Strong!!” Davis wrote on Facebook.
Hello everyone to address Brian Buck Henry remarks who is mayor of the town of Pawleys Island beach side not Pawleys…
The backlash prompted Henry into deleting his post and issuing an apology for having displayed so much anger over the death of two people whom he and his wife had known.
“I regret that my post was misinterpreted, and some perceived it as rationally insensitive. My wife and I care deeply about the black community in Pawleys Island and Georgetown County,” he said in a statement to local media.
“Just like everyone in America, I am deeply frustrated with the racial division and unrest in this country. This incident stoked raw emotion from this community, including me. We need more conversation and understanding, and it is my plan to pursue that.”
Despite this apology, left-wing extremists decided to boycott Palmetta Cheese and the so-called “mayosapians” who work there.
Observe (*Language warning):
Please retweet this. This is a NATIONAL brand profiting off of black culture while oppressing black individuals. pic.twitter.com/UlYQyTlnLY
— Iris Myandowski (@ohmygod_kay) August 31, 2020
Henry’s comments were racist, dehumanizing and divisive… Loved Palmetto Cheese since 2007… Once the lot of it that I have is gone, I’ll never buy anymore of it… I get sick to my stomach trying to eat it now… His racist vitriol has left a bad taste in my mouth..#Boycott
— PLAlmanza (@ItsLucyFurr) September 1, 2020
Brian Henry can either resign as mayor or folks should continue to boycott the @PalmettoFamily and the Palmetto Cheese manufacturer. Brian can’t have both.
— The Noum (@NoumThe) September 20, 2020
— Amy Nichols-Belo (@amy_enby) August 31, 2020
During a press conference earlier this month, Henry reportedly pleaded with boycotters to consider the jobs their actions could cost.
“Please consider the hundreds of South Carolina jobs that depend on its success,” he reportedly said.
Fast-forward to last Friday, when word broke that Costco has allegedly stopped carrying Palmetto cheese.
“[T]he popular pimento cheese brand, Palmetto Cheese, will no longer be carried at 120 Costco Wholesale locations nationwide,” the Georgetown Times reported.
As proof, it pointed to a sign “in front of the remaining Palmetto Cheese products at” one Myrtle Beach Costco store.
The sign read, “The * (asterisk) on this sign means that these 2 items are discontinued and will not be re-ordered by Costco. Over 120 Costco’s throughout the US are no longer carrying this item.”
Contacted by the Times, Henry claimed the removal is just temporary.
“Costco rotates items in and out during the course of the year. They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business. We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future,” he said.
That’s not the impression others have gleaned. As of Wednesday morning, the news world was ablaze with reports that Palmetto Cheese products have been permanently discontinued by Costco.
As a result, backlash against Costco is beginning to brew:
— Anonymous Source (@Anonymo47030616) September 23, 2020
@Costco I am not sure I should shop at COSCO after you have pulled Palmetto Cheese out of COSCO. Brian Henry is absolutely correct Black Lives Matters and ANTIFA are both terrorist organizations. Our leaders are allowing these terrorist to scare and harass and terrorize Americans
— Dan Hankemeier (@heighnoon) September 23, 2020
Costco is now virtue signaling that it’s ok to kill white people. That you have no right to object to an organized Marxist insurrection movement that has executed close to 10 white people in the past few weeks.
Costco’s customer base are middle class whites.
— BennyGad (@BennyGad) September 23, 2020
So Costco is supporting BLM? Time to boycott Costco and purchase Palmetto Cheese.
— JS1971 (@Js1971Jim) September 23, 2020
All this is occurring even as Palmetto is doubling and tripling down on its groveling. According to reports, the lids on its products have long featured an image of Vertrella Brown, a black cook who helped popularize the brand’s products.
But the company is now removing her image because of complaints from BLM extremists.
“Our past label held the image of our dear friend and long-time cook, Vertrella Brown. Raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and a cook for more than 40 years, she specialized in Gullah and Low Country Cuisine. She personified the soulful flavor that is embodied in Sassy Henry’s unique, southern recipe of pimento cheese,” a statement on the company’s website reads.
“Vertrella sadly passed away in April 2020. We understand action is necessary to embrace change within our organization and we are committed to making an impact internally and within the community.”
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