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Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said white people need to approach discussions about race with empathy and try to understand the “emotional indignity” black people face in an unjust system.
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However, most white people have been “oblivious” to racial inequalities, according to Cathy. He made the comments during a conversation about racism at Atlanta’s Passion City Church with Pastor Louie Giglio and Christian rapper Lecrae.
“It has to hurt us. As Caucasians, until we’re willing to pick up the baton and fight for our black African American brothers and sisters – which they are as one human race,” Cathy said. “We’re shameful. We’re just adding to it. Our silence is so huge this time. We cannot be silent. Someone has to fight. God has blessed our city and it’s shameful how we’ve let things get so out of whack.”
CHICK-FIL-A CEO PROMISES TO USE ‘POWER AND INFLUENCE’ TO FIGHT INJUSTICE
Protests over racial injustice and the deaths of black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have spread across the country. In Atlanta, a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy’s restaurant on June 12 even after protests had occurred there. The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, has been fired and charged with murder.
Protesters burned that Wendy’s the next night. Cathy said about a dozen Chick-fil-A restaurants had also been vandalized in protests over the past week, but he wasn’t upset.
“My plea would be for the while people, rather than point fingers at that kind of criminal effort, would be to see the level of frustration and exasperation, and almost the sense of hopelessness that exists among some of those activists within the African American community,” he said.