Surry County, North Carolina is banning Coke machines as their way of fighting back against left-wing politics. This happened after Coca-Cola criticized Georgia for passing voter integrity laws. Officials say they are fighting back in the culture war using the left’s own tactics.
Banning Coke Machines
Surry County Commissioner Eddie Harris said it’s time to fight back. Plus, it’s time to do what the left does. “The left-wing in America, they defund, they boycott, they cancel, they tear down statues…all sorts of egregious actions.
He said the left expects them to cower in the corner and say that everything is OK. Harris said they won’t do so.
In a vote of 3 to 2, the commissioners voted for banning Coke vending machines. As a result, the county ordered the removal of all Coke machines and products in county-owned buildings.
Then, Harris sent an official letter to Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. He wrote that Coke’s position is “wrong on many levels” and seems selective. “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 asked.
Letter To Coca-Cola
Harris also said that they learned about Coke’s policies. This includes policies that disparage people based on their race. He said some Coke training materials taught employees to become “less white”.
A training slide wrote that in the “US and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel they are inherently superior to their skin color.
The slide detailed how to become less white and outline 10 areas for improvement. Harris said that this “bigoted and racist thinking” doesn’t belong in corporate America.
“This type of bigoted and racist thinking has no place in corporate America or our country. Instead, “people should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin,” he said.
In addition, Harris called out the company’s decision to favor the Democratic Party and their attempts to divide Americans by race and ethnicity.
He said these moves are unnecessary in this age where Americans remain divided. Also, he quoted Michael Jordan as saying “Republicans buy sneakers too” when asked about his silence on politics.
As a result, Surry County and other Americans are wary of large companies and their CEOs. They keep pushing “an increasingly intolerant, bigoted, left-wing, divisive political agenda on its customers.”
Surry Not Sorry For Banning Coke Machines From Government Premises
“Due to your company’s support of the out-of-control cancel culture and the bigoted leftist mob, the Surry Board of County Commissioners voted at their May 17, 2021 meeting to remove all Coca-Cola machines from Surry County Government facilities,” Harris concluded.
“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.”
Georgia Republicans Are Also In Favor of Banning Coke From Offices
Earlier in April, Georgia Republicans said they also want to ban Coca-Cola products from public offices. Consequently, eight state House lawmakers that month wrote a joint letter to Kevin Perry, president, and CEO of the Georgia Beverage Association.
In it, they accused Coke of spreading disinformation about Georgia’s new elections law and kowtowing to “cancel culture.”
In addition, the letter said that Coke decided to mislead the citizens of Georgia and deepen a divide in Georgia. However, the lawmakers decided not to engage in Coke’s misguided intentions.
As a result, they will also withdraw their support to corporations who choose to. “Given Coke’s choice to cave to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately.
Should Coke chose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept its role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship,” the letter said.
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