We have officially run out of problems, America.
A gay student group at Duquesne University fears that a proposed Chick-fil-A outpost could jeopardize the school’s safe spaces.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Lambda executive board members Niko Martini told The Duke (the university’s student newspaper).
Is Che Guevara slinging hash at Chick-fil-a these days? Is Pol Pot now in charge of mixing up those delicious Oreo shakes they do so well?
Isn’t it more than a little hyperbolic to accuse a fast food joint of having a “questionable history on human rights?”
The self-indulgence continues:
I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the university’s mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion,” Martini went on to tell the newspaper.
So far, the student government association has not passed a resolution one way or the other. And with good reason.
A university spokesperson told the newspaper they picked Chick-fil-A at the request of the student body.
And there it is. When anonymously asked to vote, the Duquesne student body chose Chick-fil-a. Why? Because it is delicious.
Everyone, everywhere votes for Chick-fil-a in any new city or town because the food is fantastic and the service unparalleled. It’s an outstanding company that continues to defy critics and naysayers who predicted financial doom for it more than four years ago when the organization’s late CEO, Truett Cathy, dared to share that he had built Chick-fil-a on Biblical principles.
The periodic furors over Chick-fil-A are even more outrageous when one considers that similar outrage is rarely leveled at businesses that support liberal causes.
The owners of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream came out in public support of same-sex marriage and the Black Lives Matter movement and even my most stridently conservative friends and relatives still eat it by the crate.
And good for them! I, for one, am sick and tired of the boycotting of harmless things like chicken sandwiches. Growing up in a religious household, I was privy to all types of nonsensical pronouncements from moms at church who would say that this-or-that part of pop culture must be avoided at all costs to, “Send a message to Hollywood!” Did that message ever get sent? No.
In this case of the “Great Duquesne Chick-fil-A Debacle of 2017,” if I was the head of a gay-straight alliance group on campus, I’d be focusing a tad more on some actual alliance-building instead of devoting myself to getting a fast food restaurant kicked off campus.
Economist Thomas Sowell blames just such shortsighted strategizing on “Stage One Thinking.” Anyone, regardless of politics, can be found guilty of engaging in such imprudent behavior. That’s because Stage One Thinking is visceral and emotional – just like all of us. It feeds on instant gratification and cheap thrills. It revels in easy wins and minimal effort. It rarely accomplishes real change in the long term.
If the goal is tolerance, a place like Chick-fil-a, a business known for giving young people of all creeds, colors, and orientations the chance to work a good job for a quality company (with delicious food), should be way down on your public relations Hit List.
In other words: If you want to start a dialogue about tolerance on the campus of Duquesne University, start by practicing some yourself.