Coca-Cola, Delta, Home Depot Virtue-Signaled on George Floyd; Silent on Hamas

Hayden Ludwig of Restoration of America writes at American Greatness today about how “America’s corporate giants became footsoldiers in the Left’s ‘woke’ revolution,” as radicals burned down cities, using the death of George Floyd as an excuse. He points out four Atlanta-based companies — Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Home Depot and UPS — as examples of those who virtue-signaled to “appease the rabid ‘progressives,'” but who now have remained comparatively silent following the barbaric terror attacks by Hamas on the nation of Israel.

Excerpts from Ludwig’s article:

On June 4, 2020—a scant 10 days after Floyd’s death—Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey addressed the beverage giant’s 83,000 employees about their “duty to Black people in America.” “Simply put,” Quincey said in his 1,100-word monologue, “America hasn’t made enough progress, corporate America hasn’t made enough progress and nor has The Coca‑Cola Company … As of this writing, Coca-Cola has been totally silent on Hamas’ attack on Israel and the radical leftists marching for Palestine in America’s universities….


Racial equality and justice for all” was the message from Home Depot (now former) CEO Craig Menear, who related his “deep pain and anguish over the senseless killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and other unarmed Black men and women in our country. We cannot ignore that their deaths are part of a pattern of racism … Systemic racism? Nothing a $1 million check to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law can’t fix. The Lawyers Committee is a close ally of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a radical pro-Hamas group with close ties to Islamic terror groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood….


Delta CEO Ed Bastian (pictured above) [brayed] about the “ugly reality” unfolding in Minneapolis, “a city we consider our second home … “What happened in Minneapolis is not an outlier,” Bastian thumped, nor the deaths of black men in [Georgia] and New York, “where injustice lives in plain sight.”…

Meanwhile, Ludwig noted no equivalent expression of concern from Bastian or Delta about Hamas’s evil.

The closest thing was a brief mention that the airline had canceled U.S. flights to Tel Aviv. “Our hearts are with all who are impacted,” the company mewled, offering $1 million to the Red Cross to help affected Palestinians and Israelis—nary a mention of Hamas or terrorism.

National Legal and Policy Center owns stock in Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Delta, and sponsored shareholder proposals at the last two annual meetings for the soft drink maker and the big box retailer. We called out the leadership over their inappropriate, and even destructive, involvement of their respective companies in divisive political issues. We plan to weigh in once again at their shareholder meetings next spring.

Read Hayden Ludwig’s full piece at American Greatness here.




Tags: Black Lives Matter, Coca-Cola, Craig Menear, Delta Airlines, Ed Bastian, George Floyd, Home Depot, Israel, James Quincey, terrorism