This story really takes the cake! It is way beyond normal hypocrisy because the actions arise out of the ridiculous belief that all members of law enforcement are racist.
Walmart is apologizing for refusing to make a police officer’s retirement cake last week after an employee told the cop’s daughter that her “thin blue line” cake design might be considered racist.
The police officer’s daughter, who has remained anonymous, told radio host Todd Starnes that she went to a Walmart in McDonough, Georgia on Thursday to ask for a cake with the American flag in black and white with a blue stripe added in.
But one of the employees at the bakery balked at the common police officer emblem, telling the woman “the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake,” she recounted to Starnes. When she asked for a simpler cake, with just one blue line on a chocolate background, the employee said she didn’t “feel comfortable” with that design either.
“I asked her, ‘Is there something wrong with cops?’” the woman recalled, according to Starnes. The employee again refused to make the cake.
The customer’s friend posted a complaint for Facebook on her behalf:
Shortly after the first post went up, Walmart apparently realized how ludicrously its employees had behaved. The store promptly apologized and offered to make the cake after all (though if they really wanted show their contrititon, they could offered to bake the cake at no charge):
Refusing to make a cake honoring a police officer’s dedicated service protecting the community is not just absurd but offensive. The only thing discriminatory about this story is the behavior of the Walmart employees themselves. Unfortunately we are living in a cultural moment where everything is viewed through lens of identity politics. Very sad.
Cross-posted at DeneenBorelli.com