President Trump made headlines this week when he called for a boycott against tire giant Goodyear.
The president’s comments came after local news affiliate WIBW reported that the following slide was used during a diversity training session at Goodyear’s Topeka plant.
Under a banner reading “Zero Tolerance,” it laid out what is considered acceptable at the facility. On the permitted list are displays of support for LGBT pride and the Black Lives Matter movement. However, workers are prohibited from using the phrases “all lives matter, “blue lives matter,” or wearing MAGA attire.
Goodyear was quick to respond with a statement that claimed the slide “was not created or distributed by Goodyear corporate, nor was it part of a diversity training class.” While the company did not explain where the slide came from, it did admit to banning some political messages while endorsing others.
Goodyear associates are to “refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues,” the press release read.
But to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, that raises more questions than answers.
“They came out and said ‘equity issues,’” Fox News quoted McEnany as saying. “As far as I’m concerned, Blue Lives Matter is an ‘equity issue.’”
“If you can wear a Black Lives Matter hat, guess what, you should be able to wear a Blue Lives Matter one too, particularly when our police officers are targeted…amid riots,” she went on to add.
McEnany also noted that President Trump “will always stand with our police officers, Blue Lives matter, for some reason not being an equity issue, as Goodyear appears to maintain.”
Black Lives Matter protests have been the scene of widespread violence; a Chicago a security guard was shot and critically wounded during a riot last week. Looters also targeted Ronald McDonald House--a charity that provides accommodations to parents while their children undergo medical treatment. Terrified families were trapped inside during the ordeal.
However, Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins was unapologetic, justifying the theft and property damage as "reparations."
"I don't care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci, or a Nike, or a Macy's because that makes sure that person eats," Atkins told reporters. "That makes sure that person person has clothes."
"That's reparations," she stressed. "That is reparations. Anything that they want to take, take it, because these businesses have insurance, they're going to get their money back."
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