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McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski is facing the wrath of the “woke” left over a private text message he sent to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that was uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act request.
Filed by an activist described as “a Vancouver man,” the FOIA request to the City of Chicago uncovered a text message in which Kempczinski blamed the fatal shootings of two children, one of them only seven, on their parents.
“With both, the parents failed those kids which I know is something you can’t say. Even harder to fix,” Kempczinski wrote, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
The text was sent on April 19th, exactly a day after 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams was fatally shot during a gang-related shooting gone bad as she was reportedly sitting with her dad at a McDonald’s drive-through.
In Adams’ case, it was clear that neither she nor her father had done anything wrong.
They just shot my baby!’ Seven-year-old girl is killed in car at Chicago McDonald’s drive-thru https://t.co/0Dr65nYf1t
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 19, 2021
The text was likewise sent three weeks after the justified fatal shooting of 13-year-old juvenile delinquent Adam Toledo by Chicago authorities.
CNN’s law enforcement analyst, Chicago police union chief say cop shooting of Adam Toledo justified https://t.co/WXffAQqeNQ
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 16, 2021
In Toledo’s case, many felt that the parents were to blame, given as the teen had been out on the streets in the middle of the night pointing a gun at drivers — and given also that he’d resisted arrest and fled the scene when initially approached by the authorities.
Adam Toledo had been missing for two days before he was shot by police. His mother didn’t report it. The parental neglect this child suffered is a tragedy. We have a catastrophic parenting problem in this country. In the cities it’s even worse.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 16, 2021
Just sad. Parental failure.
— Fred Stout (@FredStout20) April 16, 2021
Perhaps kids like Adam Toledo shouldn’t be out on the streets at 2am brandishing a firearm. Blame the parents, not the cops.
— eyelon boi (@7738129_) May 31, 2021
Adam Toledo was running around #Chicago at night with a gun.
Not at home with his supposed loving family.
Who didn’t even know where he was or what he was doing.
Hold the parents accountable and start picking kids up after curfew and fine the family upon delivery.
Wake up America
— AngryChair ✝️🇺🇸🍿 (@AngryChair10) May 27, 2021
Based on the public’s reaction, the argument could be made that Kempczinski was half right in what he’d written to Lightfoot.
However, that’s not how the “woke” left views his tweet. Since day one, they’ve maintained that Toledo’s justified shooting was illegal — and that it was just another example of “racist policing.”
And so, with Kempczinski having been outed as someone willing to buck the left’s narrative about the Toledo situation, the left has mobilized against him.
“A dozen organizations, including the Chicago Fight for $15 and a Union, Little Village Community Council and Centro Sin Fronteras, have planned a protest at the company’s headquarters Wednesday,” according to the Tribune.
The restaurant chain is headquartered in Chicago.
“He doesn’t know what it is to be poor. People like him look at our community like garbage and at the same time want to sell us their products. We give a lot of money to his corporation. He should put that money back into our community,” Little Village Community Council president Baltazar Enriquez said to the paper.
It’s not clear what poverty has to do with a juvenile delinquent pointing a gun at innocent people and then running from the police.
The left-wing organizations are also planning to send an open letter to the McDonald’s CEO calling his private text “ignorant, racist and unacceptable,” and complaining about the completely unrelated, alleged poor work conditions at the restaurant.
Note that this comes despite McDonald’s having fully embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, to the point that last year it paid tribute to deceased, guilty criminal suspects like Mike Brown.
You’ll be happy to know they are now social justice warriors who apparently endorse the attempted murder of a cop because they feel sorry for Mike Brown. So there’s that as well. pic.twitter.com/kY34Ar8giM
— Nate🇺🇸🏳️🌈🇻🇦 (@big_nate2000) June 30, 2020
However, the company’s decision to bow to the “woke” mob apparently did nothing to protect it from the torrent of outrage that it now faces.
And, indeed, it appears Kempczinski has decided to bow down yet again, despite his private texts being publicly released — something that one could argue was unethical.
“When I wrote this, I was thinking through my lens as a parent and reacted viscerally. But I have not walked in the shoes of Adam’s or Jaslyn’s family and so many others who are facing a very different reality,” he wrote in an apologetic memo sent Tuesday to the company’s employees.
“Not taking the time to think about this from their viewpoint was wrong, and lacked the empathy and compassion I feel for these families. This is a lesson that I will carry with me,” he added.
Lightfoot has also thrown him under the bus.
“As the Mayor has said previously, families do everything they can — moms, dads, grandparents — to love and support their children, and tragedies can still happen. Victim shaming has no place in this conversation,” her spokesperson said to the Tribune.
But this wasn’t how she reacted when she received Kempczinski’s tweet seven months ago.
“Thanks, Chris. Great to see you in person. Such a great work space, and your folks were terrific. I said to Joe I would be happy reach out to the operator to offer support. He and his team members have got to be traumatized. Terrible tragedy. Thanks again, Chris,” she texted back at the time.
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