Emory’s slap on the wrist to Chick-fil-A since the Atlanta chicken chain dissed “arrogant” LGBT activists isn’t enough for some students, who are organizing efforts to challenge the company’s campus restaurant.
The renewed activism comes as Emory students return to their uber gay campus after a summer break and not long after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy quietly met with college leaders in Atlanta to discuss LGBT issues. Cathy made his dislike for the gays known in two interviews in July, kicking off a national firestorm.
Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community are calling for the University to remove the Chick-fil-A located in the Cox Hall Food Court.
The LGBTQ community has formed a committee focusing specifically on removing Chick-fil-A, and students have written letters to University administrators on the subject.
“The symbol of Chick-fil-A, the restaurant itself, has become a potent symbol of discrimination and inequality,” said Andy Ratto, a fourth-year student in the Laney Graduate School and a member of the committee.
Emory hasn’t responded with anything beyond its statement last month, though students and now alumni keep writing letters.
University campuses have every right to deny doing business with a food vendor, especially one that creates a divisive, potentially unsafe learning environment for students. There is no justification for a business operating on campus that directly funds hate group activity toward a population of students represented within the campus community.
Emory’s gayness recently ranked it among the most gay-friendly in all the land. Will its bromance with Chick-fil-A prove to be a drag on that?