Chickens staying home to be roasted….or stand by your stand.

 

“9 Companies Still Standing With Paula Deen…” 

 

        A few years ago I visited a farm, and I noticed that the chickens were walking around, pecking and eating whatever was on the ground; including walking and pecking behind other chickens (I guess that this was a form of natural recycling).  And so I ask the farmer: “It seems that the chickens are (literally) eating everything and anything on the ground.”  He sympathetically looked at this Brooklyn raised brother and graciously said: “Yes sir, they do”.  As “Lady Bubba” fights for her financial life, her business connections/endorsers are running away from her at Usain Boltian like speed.  Racism (in terms of endorsements) is bad for business marketing purposes; but not necessarily bad for business itself.  I am very interested in the diversity record of all of these companies in terms of internships, recruitment, hiring, promotion, presence in key top management positions and the percent of utilization of Black and Latino businesses and professional consultants.  Finally, I have a sneaky suspicion that the first group of chickens who swiftly flew the coop are aware or suspect that perhaps there is a follow-up group of racial offensive revelations to come concerning Ms. Deen; and so, “Let’s cut this chic(ken) loose now”.  If nothing else comes out; will time help, aided by the long-term memory challenged purchasing public to swallow, digest and forget her offensive words and attitudes?  That is the hope and gamble of the remaining companies.  These other 9 guys I guess; are just waiting, hoping and planning to peck on whatever in the end, is left on the ground.

 

“9 Companies Still Standing With Paula Deen…”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/paula-deen-controversy_n_3511818.html