I was scrolling through my FB feed this morning on my phone, whilst fighting to pry myself out of bed and I saw a status from one of my sorority sisters. My soror is married to a woman and in her status she noted that while she loved some Chik-Fil-A, they would no longer be getting her dollars because the founder of the fast food chain does not support gay marriage.
There was a similar discussion in one of my FB groups about the same topic, and my response in a nutshell was that if I boycotted every company that took a stand on a particular issue then I might not have a lot of places to shop. Target donated dollars to anti-gay marriage campaigns, Wal-Mart is known for it’s union-busting activities, hell my own employer is a major defense contractor. My rationale was what I CAN do is strive to treat people decently in my own personal life to the best of my ability.
However, when it came to Komen Foundation pulling funds from Planned Parenthood, I was the first to click the donate button. So what makes me any different than my sorority sister? Not much I guess. She’s choosing to spend her dollars her way and I’m choosing to spend mine my way. But what about you? Do you put your money where your mouth is by choosing to financially support (or not support) businesses or causes that reflect your personal views? Do you find that the two sometimes conflict?
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