A North Carolina county is banning Coca-Cola vending machines in public office buildings under its purview as a response to corporate left-wing activism.
The commissioner leading the effort acknowledged that “Yes, we are trying to cancel Coca-Cola. To use their tactics against them.”
Boycotts traditionally have been part of the progressive toolbox, but conservatives are increasingly receptive to adopting a similar technique to send a message to virtue-signaling corporations and their politics-pushing executives.
Surry County commissioners, all of whom are reportedly Republicans, adopted the resolution in a 3-2 vote to remove the soft-drink machines as a way to register disapproval with woke Coke’s criticism of the Georgia voting reform law.
Coke machine ban advocate and voting integrity advocate Eddie Harris, the longest-serving commissioner in Surry County, implied that, as alluded to above, turnabout is fair play and that the response to the boycott from constituents has been mostly positive. Surry County is located in the Greensboro-Winston Salem area.
“The left wing in America, they defund, they boycott, they cancel, they tear down statues – all sorts of egregious actions,” Harris explained in an interview with Winston-Salem based WXII TV.
“The expectation from them is that the opposing political side will cower in the corner, and we’re supposed to accept that, and it’s supposed to be okay. And it’s not okay,” he explained.
The Georgia-based Coca-Cola company — which recently shelved a controversial diversity program — is one of many corporations that have intervened in politics with regard to voting laws or other issues, with a leftist narrative as the default position. This includes using their financial power in an attempt to influence public policy and to perhaps deliver or threaten to deliver economic punishment for noncompliance. The decision by Major League Baseball to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta after the voting law passed is one example.
This trend throughout Big Business has prompted Fox News Channel host Steve Hilton to suggest that woke-ism is tantamount to corporate America’s new religion.
Harris, who described Election 2020 as a mess that left many voters with serious doubts about the process, also wrote a letter to Coke’s CEO in which he asserted, in part: “Millions of Americans believe that the last presidential election was not held in a fair manner and that more voter fraud will occur in the future if elections are not closely monitored and regulated.”
A locally owned Coca-Cola bottling company has reportedly reached out to the commissioners with the hope of setting up a meeting to discuss the situation. So far, the machines have yet to be physically removed.
Commissioner Harris also lamented the fact that people can not express their opinion on important issues such as critical race theory out of concerns that the woke mob will threaten their livelihood and that they will otherwise be smeared.
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