Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy took part in a discussion with Christian rapper Lecrae and Atlanta Pastor Louis Giglio on repentance for racism at the Passion City Church. Cathy spoke about the indignity black people feel in America and how unconscious racism exists even at their headquarters. The CEO of Chik-fil-A also spoke about how a dozen of his restaurants were vandalized in the BLM/Antifa riots and asked that white people try to understand “the level of frustration” of the rioters.
During their discussion on race, Cathy shared a story of a revival at a church in Texas where a young man who was so gripped with conviction over the racism in his small town in Texas, that he took a shoe brush and he walked over to an older African man and began to shine his shoes.
Cathy stood up, while he was telling his story, as he began walking over to Christian rapper Lecrae, who was seated on the stage with him, as Cathy told the audience, “So, I invited folks to put words to action here,” he said, adding, “and if we need to find somebody who needs to have their shoes shined, we need to just go over and shine their shoes.”
CEO Dan Cathy reached over and gave the black Christian rapper a hug, as the rapper laughed and reminded everyone that in addition to shining his shoes, he’d also like some stock in Chik-fil-A. Cathy ignored his request, as he continued to tell white people how to atone for their sins of racism, “I bought about 1,500 of these (shoe-shine brushes) and I gave them to all our Chick-Fil-A operators and staff a number of years ago. So, any expressions of a contrite heart, of a sense of humility, a sense of shame, a sense of embarrassment begat with an apologetic heart — I think that’s what our world needs to hear today.”
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