Chick-fil-A CEO suggests white people atone for racism by shining shoes of black people

Chick-fil-A CEO suggests white people atone for racism by shining shoes of black people
Chick-Fil-A in Manhattan vandalized during Pride event. Image via Daily Caller

Are you feeling guilty yet about all the injustices blacks have suffered in our fundamentally racist society? If not, you could try walking a mile in a black man’s shoes. Or, failing that, you could shine a black man’s shoes. (RELATED: No, Tim Kaine, the U.S. didn’t ‘create’ slavery)

That recommendation comes to you courtesy of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, who, according to Fox News, proposed the idea during a 70-minute roundtable discussion Sunday at Passion City Church in Atlanta.

White Christians need to repent for racism and fight for their black brothers and sisters, Cathy urged before grabbing a shoe brush and walking over to a rapper named Lecrae, who was also on the panel.

Luckily for those White Christians who have never shined a pair of shoes, a video of Cathy at work was posted to YouTube, showing how it’s done.

“Most of us, white people, we’re out-of-sight-out-of-mind oblivious to it,” Cathy said about injustice against black Americans. “We cannot let this moment pass.”

Earlier this month, a group of privileged whites in Cary, N.C., atoned for their sins against blacks during a prayer walk by kneeling and washing the feet of black community leaders. But shining shoes does have more of the sense of a payback if that is your intention.

I you’d prefer to do something more magnanimous still to work off your white guilt, Chanelle Helm, a Black Lives Matter Louisville organizer, published a list in 2017 of 10 “small” requests Black Lives Matter would like to make of white people. (The use of euphemistic quotes around the word small will become self-explanatory as you read some of the entries, which follows.)

White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.

White people, re-budget your monthly [sic] so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.

White people, especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy), get a racist fired. Yaw know what the f*ck they be saying. You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they racist too.

We good now?

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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