Coke is apparently too woke for Surry County, North Carolina.
Elected leaders there recently voted to boot Coca-Cola vending machines out of government buildings because of its support for the “out-of-control cancel culture and bigoted leftist mob,” as one county commissioner put it.
According to some news reports, the local Coca-Cola bottler is lobbying to retain the machines.
Even if that happens, though, the message from the majority was clear, as contained in a letter to James Quincey, the beverage giant’s CEO, by County Commissioner Eddie Harris.
“The left-wing in America, they defund, they boycott, they cancel, they tear down statues — all sorts of egregious actions,” Harris told local media in an interview. “The expectation from them is the opposing political side will cower in the corner and we’re supposed to accept that and it’s supposed to be OK. And it’s not OK.”
The Surry County Commission majority denounced Coca-Cola for its recent diversity training seminars and for its reaction to Georga’s new voting law.
In his letter, sent on official county letterhead, Harris wrote, “I have seen no public statements from you or Coca Cola regarding the placement of China’s ethnic Uighurs and Turkic Muslim minorities in concentration camps. Where is your outrage of this persecution in a Communist country in which Coca-Cola is heavily invested?”
Harris added, “It has also come to our attention that your company has adopted policies that disparage people based on their race. According to a whistleblower, your employees were asked to be ‘less white’ and another training slide said: ‘In the U.S. and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white.’”
“The slide detailing what it means to be ‘less white’ noted 10 areas in which Caucasians should improve. This type of bigoted and racist thinking has no place in corporate America or our country. People should be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.”
Continuing, Harris noted, “Additionally, your corporate political commentary favoring the Democratic Party and their attempts to divide Americans by race and ethnicity are unnecessary in an era where Americans of all beliefs are more divided now than at any time in the last century.
“Michael Jordan once said ‘Republicans buy sneakers too’ when asked why he didn’t make public comments about politics. Citizens of Surry County and across America are growing increasingly tired of large multinational corporations and their CEOs pushing an increasingly intolerant, bigoted, left-wing, divisive political agenda on its customers.”
In concluding, Harris wrote, “Our Board felt that was the best way to take a stand and express our disappointment in Coca-Cola’s actions, which are not representative of most views of our citizens.”
“Our Board hopes that other organizations across the country are taking similar stances against Coca-Cola and sincerely wishes that future marketing efforts and comments emanating from your company are more considerate of all your customers’ viewpoints,” he added.
Back in April, as The Free Press reported, eight Republican state lawmakers in Georgia notified Coca-Cola, which is headquartered in Atlanta, that they were removing Coke products from their offices because of the company’s support for liberal criticism of Georgia’s new voter-integrity law.
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