I have no financial interest in Blanchard’s, other than the fact that I spend money there.
Just saw this today, amid a Twitter storm of righteous indignation about how terrible this business is and how we should all boycott them.
I don’t know about the specifics of the situation beyond what’s in the article, but it certainly sounds like Blanchard’s employees made a relatively big and probably racist mistake.
The knee-jerk response was, “Oh, I’m never shopping there again!”
Well. Okay. What’s the aim of your boycott?
Is it to drive Blanchard’s out of business?
Is it to make sure that your money isn’t supporting a racist business?
Okay, but then there’s this: Blanchard’s has one of the most diverse staffs of any retail business in JP. Are you boycotting those stores with all-white staffs? Are you boycotting those stores where people of color are allowed to scoop your ice cream but never seem to find their way into managerial positions?
I guess what I’m saying is that Blanchard’s screwed up in a very visible way here, but this, like everything, is complicated, and when you’re looking at a business’s record on race, you absolutely have to look at their hiring and promotion practices. On that score, most of the businesses that JP’s white liberals patronize look piss poor.
See you in the craft beer aisle.