Chick-fil-A CEO urged white people to take action against racism and said he does not blame looters after multiple locations were damaged last week
Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A.
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Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, urged whites to repent and act against racism during a panel discussion on Sunday at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Cathy said a dozen Chick Fil A restaurants had been destroyed in the past week.
"My plea would be that instead of pointing fingers at this type of criminal effort, the whites see the level of frustration and despair, and almost a sense of hopelessness, that exists among some of these activists within the African American community," said Cathy in discussion.
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Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, urged whites to take action against racism in a time of tensions and protests in the United States after Rayshard Brooks died, a black man who died after a white cop shot him last week would have.
In a panel discussion on Sunday at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with Passion City founder Louie Giglio and Lecrae, a Christian rapper, the CEO of the fast food chain spoke of remorse and understanding.
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The CEO said a dozen Chick-Fil-A restaurants had been destroyed in the past week, but urged the whites not to blame the vandals.
"My plea would be that instead of pointing fingers at this type of criminal effort, the whites see the level of frustration and despair and almost a sense of hopelessness that some of these activists have within the African American community that is so upset "said Cathy.
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The Cathy family, which owns Chick-fil-A, cites Christian values as part of their philosophy that guides their management of the company. Founder Truett Cathy, Dan Cathy's father, translated his beliefs into his business practices, which contributed to the success of the fast food giant.
During the round table, Cathy mentioned that "conscious and unconscious prejudices" are not uncommon at work and in corporate offices, and mentioned a conversation he had with a Black Chick-fil-A employee who said she had hers Experience job injustices.
Dan Cathy previously shared his thoughts on what's happening in the U.S. via a LinkedIn post that was posted on the Chick-fil-A website. In the post, Cathy described how Chick-fil-A helps rebuild and donate resources to what he calls "the most heavily used zip code in Georgia."
As Cathy spoke of repentance, she got up and shone Lecrae's shoes on stage, saying that the world must have a sense of shame, embarrassment, and "an apologetic heart."
"Our silence is so great at this time," Cathy said during the round table. "We cannot remain silent. Someone has to fight."
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