Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy asks white Christians to repent, fight for black Americans in wake of police killings

Dan Cathy, conservative billionaire CEO of fast food chain Chick-fil-A, urged white Christians to take advantage of the “special moment” in American history now, to repent of racism and fight for their black “brothers and sisters” in the wake of ongoing protests over the police killings of Rayshard Brooks and other black Americans like George Floyd.

Cathy responded, “I can only imagine the indignity, the emotional indignity, I can only imagine it.”

The Chick-fil-A CEO said he believes that because white people have not asked enough about the experience of black people, their response has been one of apathy and indifference.

“It’s somebody else’s deal. This is about police shooting people, it’s much more than that,” Cathy said. “It’s about the grind of that kind of indignity and other expressions of it.”

He explained that in recent weeks he had been having deep conversations with black staff members at Chick-fil-A and has learned about the “subtleties of these indignities or injustice expressed even in a corporate setting.

"Even in an environment like Chick-fil-A. That’s where, that’s what’s put so much edge about the situation.

“We’ve got a real bad situation. We don't need to let this moment miss us. It has to hurt us. It has to hurt us. And we as Caucasians until we’re willing to just pick up the baton and fight for our black, African American brothers and sisters, which they are as one human race, we’re shameful,” Cathy, whose company is headquartered just outside of Atlanta, said. “We’re just adding to it. Our silence is so huge at this time. We cannot be silent. Somebody has to fight and God has so blessed our city, but it’s shameful how we let things get so out of whack.”

Cathy further noted that before white people start taking action to help in the fight for racial justice, they must also go through a “period of contrition.”

“I think before we start to jump into action we need a period of contrition and a broken heart in the city of Atlanta and a sense of real identity. Not just criticize the people that are burning down that restaurant last night,” Cathy said.

“We got a heart for the Rayshard Brooks and the others … We’ve got to have a sense of empathy of what led to this. This is the tip of the iceberg of incredible amounts of frustration and pain that the whole spectrum of the African American community, that somewhere or another that can quickly illustrate Lecrae, just as you did, that most of us white people are just simply out of sight out of mind. We’re oblivious to it. We cannot let this moment pass.”