I wrote this in response to a friend’s blog post yesterday explaining to her and her reasons the situation from my perspective with the food chain and why it seems a tad extreme how people are reacting.
Let me be clear, I don’t disagree with her, nor do I totally agree with her, but I decided to share my stance. It’s probably different from many others. I thought I’d share it since it IS the topic of the moment.
I live in Los Angeles, CA. I did not grow up with Chick Fil A. I was introduced to it 2 years ago when in Georgia and fell in love with it.
Until I came home and found out that they are extremely anti-Semitic. THEY DO NOT HIRE JEWISH people.
Right now, today, in 2012.
I am Jewish and I cannot be okay with that. I’ve stayed quiet. I just choose not to spend my money there. I don’t have one near me so it hasn’t been an issue, but when I do have the choice again, I won’t be giving them my money. I’m Jewish. If I am not good enough to work in their stores should I want to, why should I wish to spend my hard-earned money there??
That being said, I also do not support Wal-Mart since seeing the documentary on how they treat employees and big enterprise. I stand by what I say and how I feel. I don’t jump on the bandwagon, I research the information and make my decisions. I often pass it along since many don’t always know, but I don’t feel that everyone has to agree with my opinion or stance. The outrage this has caused and drama our country is ensconced in is out of control.
Do I think a whole state should be able to tell a private owned food chain that they cannot go into their cities?? No, that seems a tad extreme.
Do I think my friends should all stop eating there because I have? I don’t.
Would it make me feel supported by my friends if they chose to stand up and support me for being Jewish and alienated by a company that also excludes Gays IN 2012??? ABSOLUTELY.
But we no longer live in a world where I believe friendship outweighs ones choice in fast food. And it seems if you didn’t grow up as a minority in this country, you don’t understand the sting that this whole issue hits to the core of a person.
But, I’ve concluded in the past year or two since joining social media, when this topic has popped up over other subjects, I realize that when you grow up a minority, whether that’s Jewish, Black, Gay, Hispanic, Asian or any other race or religion different from Christianity or Catholism, you have a very very high sensitivity to this sort of thing EVERY SINGLE DAY.
It’s hard enough to be different and not observe the same holidays and traditions and feel like an outsider regularly, I’ve been doing it for 37 years and I love my religion and my traditions but it’s not easy being different. That’s all. – Traci xoxo
P.S. I leave you with this poem that I’ve posted before. It was written after the Holocaust. I think its important to remember the words. We are all human. We are all part of this incredible universe, why, oh why do we support anyone or anything that would alienate ANY group and be proud enough to announce it??