In case you were living under a rock yesterday, it was Chick-fil-A appreciation day. Facebook and twitter were flooded yesterday with images of people crammed into local Chick-fil-A stores to show their support for their president, Dan Cathy, support of “traditional marriage”.
Now I think there are two things that are obvious:
1. Chick-fil-A has a right to take a stand for or against whatever they want.
2. People have a right to either support it or not. That’s the beauty of a free market society. It’s all pretty simple. If you agree eat there. If you don’t agree don’t eat there.
Gay marriage will become legal and accepted by this society. As a society, we have evolved and we will continue to evolve to a point where hetero and homosexual people can marry. Things are already headed that direction and if a chicken restaurant wants to stick to their guns and not evolve with the rest of society, go for it, but this train has already left the station.
I think the most fascinating part of this whole debate are the people who had their picture taken yesterday in the restaurants. As a history major, I studied the civil rights movement in the 50s and 60s. The big mystery to me in all the pictures of the desegregation of southern schools was not the courageous people who actually desegregated the schools, but in the crowds standing behind the students yelling against desegregation.
Who were the people yelling at the African American students? How did it make them feel that they were always going to be remembered in history as the people screaming at the African American students? Back in the day, segregation was also justified by the Bible. Do those people now enshrined in history have any regrets now that segregation is something that makes people reel in horror?
I hope you see where I am going with this. The people who supported Chick-fil-A yesterday and allowed themselves to have their pictures taken and plastered all over social media will also be part of history. As our society continues to progress and homosexual marriage becomes legal and accepted, how will those people feel? Will they have any regrets? Do the whites yelling behind the African American who were desegregating schools have any regrets now that those pictures plaster the walls of civil rights museums across this country? I tried to research and see if any of the white bigots had any regrets and I couldn’t find anything.
I guess only time will tell how this plays out. I think the sad statement is that I know some of the people who took part in the Chick-fil-A appreciation day. I guess as time passes, I’ll be able to ask them how it made them feel to be part of history. The ugly part of history.