For Boycott, Both Sides of the Spectrum Too Strong

In the March 1 issue of The Point News, an article was submitted by Eden Carswell entitled “Chick-fil-A: ‘I Wants My Sammitch.’” This article has sparked more discussion over what has already been an extremely hot topic among the campus community.

While I agree with Eden regarding the moral implications of Chick-fil-A as a corporation, I feel like the bigger picture at hand should not be the LGBTQ community, but rather the role of conscious consumerism.

As conscious consumers, it is our job to weigh the pros and cons of outlets available to us. Unfortunately, in a country like the United States, we have a tendency to feign ignorance for the sake of consumerism and it’s only when light has been shone on something that we finally get up in arms about something. Chick-fil-A is no exception to this rule.

However, let me point out that it is common knowledge that Chick-fil-A isn’t open on Sundays, it owns the WinShape Foundation which reaches out through fundamental Christian beliefs, and the corporation was founded in the American south. So how is it that just now people are realizing that a southern, Christian corporation like Chick-fil-A gives proceeds to Christian groups who oppose LGBTQ rights?

All it really comes down to is allowing ourselves to see the facts and make informed decisions on what we spend our hard earned money on. Without the persistence to inform ourselves, we wind up sitting around in the dark which, in cases like Chick-fil-A, can become an issue larger than what it really is.

We have to be mature about this .Do I think that buying a chicken sandwich should be equated with giving the LGBTQ community the finger? Absolutely not – that’s a very extremist view of the situation and, frankly, quite ignorant. On the other end of the spectrum, do I think that harassing someone with chicken sandwiches because he disagrees with the moral foundations of a company is acceptable? Not even – that’s cruel, childish, and ridiculously uncalled for.

Now that some revealing information has been released regarding company activity, we obviously have to re-evaluate where we stand. Getting carried away, and this goes for both parties, isn’t going to solve anything and we as adults should not judge others for making their informed decisions.

I am proud to say that I consider myself part of the LGBTQ community here at the college as a friend, a supporter, and an ally. However, I refuse to dislike someone on the basis that they bought a sandwich. To me, that sounds just as wrong as supporting anti-gay causes.

It’s preposterous to say the least. I think everyone just needs to look at the facts, make educated decisions, and leave it at that. Protest if you want to and buy if you want to. Or, try to find an alternative. I personally couldn’t care less about Chick-fil-A. Did I mention I’m a vegetarian?

 

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