Monday, December 23, 2013

Should Black folk Boycott Cracker Barrel? Restaurant tweets support of Duck Dynasty Star


Cracker Barrel, a country-themed restaurant and gift shop, has a storied history of discriminating on the basis of both sexual orientation and race, which is why it was perhaps surprising when the chain announced on Friday that it would be pulling some Duck Dynasty products from its shops. The show’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, had made comments comparing homosexuality to bestiality and suggesting African Americans were content without full civil rights.

However, it was only 39 hours later that Cracker Barrel was apologizing to fans of the show and promising to sell the products.

Friday evening, Cracker Barrel posted on Facebook the following message championing “fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people” and suggesting that some Duck Dynasty products would be removed from stores so as to not to offend guests:
Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People. We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.
We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores. We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation. We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so. READ FULL STORY

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