Ben & Jerry’s has a good product. Why do they, or any company, feel the need to step in to political and social issues? Can’t they just be content to sell their product and leave it at that?
Blue Lives Matter, an organization that honors law enforcement nationwide, is calling on all Americans to boycott Ben and Jerry’s after the ice cream makers endorsed Black Lives Matter.
Last week, the ice cream company posted an essay from the company’s founders on their Facebook page noting the company’s support for Black Lives Matter, a controversial group that says they’re fighting against systemic racism and injustice.
Ben and Jerry’s endorsement drew outrage from every corner of the internet. Still, the company stuck to their guns saying, “Choosing to be silent in the face of such injustice is not an option.”
“Systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining civil rights and social justice issues of our time,” the company wrote. “We’ve come to understand that to be silent about the violence and threats to the lives and well-being of black people is to be complicit in that violence and those threats.”
Now, Blue Lives Matter, an organization formed in response to the increased outrage against America’s law enforcement, wants all Americans to boycott Ben and Jerry’s to send the company a message.
In a statement posted to the group’s website, Blue Lives Matter said Ben and Jerry’s went too far in their accusation that law enforcement is guilty of “widespread systemic and institutionalized racism.”