The drama in Ferguson, Missouri, feels like it will never end. Now, a major retailer is asking it’s franchise owners to keep the pot stirred by selling #BLACKLIVESMATTER T-shirts in their shops. Keep in mind, theses are shops that are independently owned and operated – corporate should have nothing to say about these stores.
So, a brief but pointed video illustrating the Ferguson drama, in case you haven’t been keeping up:
So according to Gateway Pundit, none of this actually matters to Ben & Jerry’s co-founders:
But that won’t stop Ben & Jerry’s co-founders from pressuring franchise owners to sell #BlackLivesMatter swag at their stores.
The Root reported:
Speaking at their annual franchisee meeting earlier this month in New Orleans, Cohen and Greenfield—who sold Ben & Jerry’s to Unilever Corp. in 2000 but who reportedly remain heavily involved in operations—have publicly declared themselves allies of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Specifically raising awareness about the movement’s “Hands up, don’t shoot” iteration, Cohen urged franchise owners to sell T-shirts benefiting the work of Hands Up United, a grassroots organization founded by St. Louis hip-hop artist and activist Tef Poe and activist Taureen “Tory” Russell.
“Some people might say, ‘Oh, we can’t do that,’” Cohen said to franchise owners. “‘We can’t sell those T-shirts in our shops; it’s controversial.’ But isn’t that exactly the point? If it weren’t controversial, we wouldn’t need to do it. At some point we have to ask ourselves: ‘What do we stand for? Whose side are you on?’”
Too bad, because Chunky Monkey is one of my favorite ice creams, like ever. I seriously hate boycotting thing/people/places because of stupidity. The fire is only fuelsed when you add validity to it by selling this sort of product, and promotes ignorance. Can you just realize that #alllivesmatter and that this drama needs to end?