Trader Joe's: We won't be bullied

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Black Lives Matter protesterAn author on life issues from a biblical worldview is proud of the American grocery store chain for not giving in to the cancel culture movement's push against its ethnic food labels.

Some consumers were not happy with Trader Joe's having product names like Trader Jose's or Trader Ming's, so they started a petition calling on the grocer to remove the "racist packaging."

Though some reports said Trader Joe's had taken action, the company clarified late last month that those reports were "inaccurate."

"We want to be clear: We disagree that any of these labels are racist," Trader Joe's said in a press release. "We do not make decisions based on petitions."

In response, David Closson of Family Research Council gave Trader Joe's an attaboy on the "Washington Watch" radio program.

"The cancel culture movement is largely just an online phenomena of shaming and public bullying that just wants to cancel or punish people for past mistakes or views that some might think are out of step with today's prevailing culture, which is why I really liked what Trader Joe's said in their statement," said Closson. "They said, These things are not racist. You cannot bully us. You cannot shame us."

Closson

Closson went on to say that everyone -- comedians, politicians, TV personalities, and even some pastors -- is having to scramble to atone for whatever has landed them outside the good graces of the cultural elite.

"The problem with cancel culture is it is historically illiterate, it shuts down important conversations and labels really any nuanced thinking as bigoted or outdated, and most importantly lacks the grace that is needed in a world where people do make mistakes," Closson continued. "We're not perfect."

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