PROTESTERS are boycotting a Cambridge Whole Foods after workers wearing Black Lives Matter masks were sent home, reports say.
People have picketed outside the Boston store every day since June 25 when seven employees walked off the job, convincing shoppers to spend their money elsewhere.
The Boston Globe reported that around 40 of them turned up on Sunday holding up signs and erupted into loud whoops and cheers every time someone decided to shop somewhere else.
Now, protesters are urging the corporation to change its ban on BLM masks, saying there should be “no place safe for racism” in corporate America.
“There should be no place safe for racism, and the only way that happens is if they say it out loud and stop hiding behind neutrality,” protester Jason Slavick told the Globe.
Suverino Frith, 21 – who worked there for two years and was one of the staffers turned away – claimed the company were “careful people” and reluctant to take a stand.
“They don’t want to alienate anyone,” Frith told demonstrators . “They don’t really want to choose a side; they just want to seem like they are. Only that’s too bad, because we’re choosing a side for them.”
More than 20 employees at the Whole Foods walked off the job on June 30 to decry the organization's mask policy, WHDH reported.
“I don’t know what it is about Black Lives Matter that threatens store management, but silencing our support for black lives is silencing the customers and communities we hold dear,” worker Savannah Kinzer told the station.
Frith said he was taken aback when he and his coworkers were asked to leave because of their BLM face coverings.
“With the core values that we have at the company, that we always talk about, it didn’t seem like that would be the response,” Frith told the newspaper.
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