The founder of a dairy farm called the Black Lives Matters movement, a terrorist organization, and lost one of his biggest clients. Costco immediately pulled Palmetto Cheese from the shelves of their fleet of stores after learning that the man behind the brand, Brian Henry, went on a “racist” tirade against the civil rights organization. But not Costco is facing retaliation along with the Boycott Costco hashtag and the All Lives Matter movement.
Henry finds himself in a hard spot. His unpopular beliefs have ended one of the most lucrative business relationships in his company’s history. But Costco has already replaced the shelf space Palmetto Cheese occupied in their 120 stores. And this sense of expendability fuels the rage of the All Lives Matter movement. If someone’s wellbeing could be cast aside so easily, how could their lives matter?
Supporters rallied around Henry on Twitter. Besides owning the cheese brand, he also serves as mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. One person, Terry Forshee, wrote: “The truth is now punishable by the “woke” mob. Disgusting. I hope Costco pays big time.”
But what “truth” does she speak of? We can only now by examining the Brian Buck Henry post on Facebook.
“I was sickened by the senseless killings in Georgetown last night. Two innocent people were murdered. Not two thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. Two white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man. Tell me, where is the outrage? When and where will we begin rioting and burning down businesses in Georgetown.”
He went on to say, “Answer is simple. It won’t happen. Because we live in a civil society, and it won’t change what happened. The victims’ families and friends will mourn undoubtedly feel anger and confusion. Can’t imagine their pain. So why do we stand by and allow BLM lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis?”
Later, he wrote: “Rise up America. This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations that they are.”
“All lives matter,” he concluded. “There I said it. So am I a racist now? I think not. How about the POS who just gunned down three defenseless white people? You be the judge.”
He held a public press conference to apologize for his comments.
“I am profoundly sorry to those I offended with my post last week. My comments were hurtful and insensitive,” Henry told reporters on September 3. “I spent that past ten days listening and learning. The conversations I’ve had with friends, our staff, the community, and faith-based leaders provided me with a deeper understanding of racial inequality and the importance of diversity sensitivity, which is very much needed to heal Pawleys Island, Georgetown and our country.”
He’s confirmed that his brand of spicy cheese spread would no longer be available at the national wholesale chain. However, he is hopeful they’ll have him back.
“Costco rotates items in and out during the course of the year. They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business,” Henry told The Post and Courier. “We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future.”
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