Posted on June 2, 2023

Former Chick-fil-A Boss Dan Cathy Suggests White People Shine Black People’s Shoes in Resurfaced Video

Ariel Zilber, New York Post, May 31, 2023

A three-year-old video showing Chick-fil-A’s boss shining the shoes of a black man during a plea for white people to fight racial injustice resurfaced this week amid a push by outraged conservatives to boycott the fast-food chain over its hiring of a diversity officer.

Dan Cathy, the son of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, got down on his knees at a church in Atlanta in June 2020 as the city was gripped by protests over the police-involved deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.

“I invite folks to put some words to action, and if we need to find somebody who needs to have their shoes shined, we need to just go right on over and shine their shoes,” Cathy said.

The devout Christian — whose father founded the popular chain in Hapeville, 1946 — then stood up and walked over toward Lecrae Moore, a Christian rapper who took part in the roundtable discussion {snip}

The executive bent over and began shining Moore’s shoes.

“Whether they got tennis shoes or not, maybe they’ve got sandals, it really doesn’t matter,” said Cathy, who stepped down as CEO the following year and was replaced by his son {snip}

The dad’s bold gesture came after several Chick-fil-A branches in Atlanta were smashed up during Black Lives Matter protests.


“We’ve got a real bad situation, and we don’t need to let this moment miss us. It has to hurt us,” he continued. “As Caucasians, until we’re willing to pick up the baton and fight for our black African American brothers and sisters – which they are as one human race. We’re shameful. {snip}”