Fundraising with Bigots

I get it. There’s a new restaurant in town! Everyone will want to go to it, so of course, it’s logical to have a fundraiser there. But it’s important to look at what company you’re supporting. There is no perfect company, but choosing to raise funds with an openly bigoted company is a little harsh.

On April 26, SUAB was planning on holding a fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A. It has since been cancelled, but it’s problematic to think this fundraiser was a possibility in the first place.

Chick-Fil-A is openly homophobic. According to Huffington Post and other news sites, Chick-Fil-A donated an outrageous $5 million to anti-gay organizations. One of these organizations, the Family Research Council, is a legitimate hate group, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.

Oh yeah, these groups that were donated to have said and done a range of things, such as saying they want to make “gay behavior” illegal and showing gay people as pedophiles.

Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy publicly stated he was supportive of a “traditional family.” And apparently supporting same-sex marriage means we will be bringing God’s judgment on the nation. Mr. Cathy has since said that he still believes in his ‘opinion.’ Hate isn’t an opinion – it’s hate.

There has been a decrease in funding for anti-LGBTQ+ groups, but the company has still been sued for discrimination several times. Truett Cathy, who founded Chick-Fil-A, said he would indeed fire employees for “being sinful.” Because being gay is a sin, according to this company.

I understand why SUAB was interested in a fundraiser with Chick-Fil-A. Like I said, it’s a new location and people will probably go there anyway, so why not use it for an opportunity to raise money for an organization?

Thankfully, this fundraiser has been cancelled. There are plenty of other places to have fundraisers that aren’t as publicly bigoted, and I am glad the fundraiser isn’t going to take place, because putting your name with a hateful, bigoted company is pretty gross. With the influx of LGBTQ+ students on our own campus, it’s important that they know they are welcomed and safe.

Saying, “Let’s go eat at a company that donates money to literal hate groups that hate people like you!” is not making us feel welcome or safe.

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