By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
Leave it to a Chick-Fil-A to try to counteract the efforts of high-profile incidents committed at other, popular fast-food franchises to marginalize police officers. Recent photos taken at a Chick-Fil-A in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston, shows both employees and patrons wearing t-shirts that read “Go Blue or Go Home,” as well as “Back the Blue.”
While restaurant manager Eli Advincula admits that the messages are partly an expression of support for the local high school football team, he declares that they are also meant show support for law enforcement. Reportedly, the response to the t-shirts has been very positive, and, as welcome as that is to hear, it should be of little surprise; the “Black Lives Matter” movement that has largely served as the fuel for recent anti-police rhetoric is an extremist effort that does not represent the majority of citizens. However, the traction it has gained is a testament to the power that can be wielded by grass roots efforts in this day and age of social media, and it’s a good lesson about the tactics that are available to those who hold viewpoints that are more traditional and mainstream.