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Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Receiving Equality Award

dan cathyThe Urban League of Greater Atlanta seems to think Chick-fil-A CEO and noted marriage equality opponent Dan Cathy is a deserving of an award for his civil rights work, though what work that actually is remains a big, old, deep-fried mystery.

For its 52nd Champions of Justice and Equality award, the Urban League, which focuses on the economic empowerment of African Americans, is honoring Cathy and actual civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis this Saturday.

While Lewis is known for his pioneering efforts in the civil rights movement and helping to organize 1963’s March on Washington, Cathy is known for putting his foot in his mouth and generally being the worst.

In addition to Chick-fil-A’s history of donating to anti-gay groups, Cathy has frequently made his own opinions on homosexuality and marriage equality known. After Cathy openly admitting to his bigotry last year, Chick-fil-A suffered a backlash and a boycott. Then earlier this year, Cathy proved his stripes had not changed when he tweeted his disappointment following the historic Supreme Court decisions in June.

Somehow that doesn’t strike us as particularly just or equal, but apparently the Urban League of Greater Atlanta has a different view.

h/t: Fenuxe

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    • andy_d

      Contact for this event, as posted on the website is:

      Dottie Johnson
      404 659 6580


      Nov 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      So basically this group also hates gays and are anti-gay bigots, and they want to reward the guy.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nyc0123

      Just say boycott

      Nov 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @Cam: Well, to be fair I’ve heard allot of these so called black leaders say civil rights are only about black rights. Real selfish mofo’s.

      People should be outraged by this organization. It’s essentially a giant fuck you to the gay community.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • calista

      There’s a statue of Dan Cathy in the downtown Atlanta business district since Chick-fil-a was founded in Georgia. I suspect that he or his marketing team bought this “honor” to deflect from all the bad publicity they’ve been getting.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC

      I hate the man’s views, but I will say this: In his business, he does put his money where his mouth is. He is not open on Sunday, which means he takes a big hit in revenue. Unlike other “Christian” businesses that are open on Sunday, Dan Cathy made a business decision and stuck by it. Still, it would be a cold day in hell before I ever eat there again.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rickhfx

      Brought to you by Geico ! Boycott ?

      Nov 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      Just one more reason I never eat at Chik-Fulla-Shit!

      Nov 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo

      I’d be awesome if his award was bowel cancer.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

      Dottie Johnson has a lot o’ ‘splainin’ to do!

      Nov 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo

      @2eo: That works even with the mistake, I will be awesome indeed.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover

      Fried chicken? I guess this award might make sense if the Urban League also gave an award to a brewer of 40 oz. malt liquor. Oh, and a heroin dealer while they’re at it.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      Boycotts don’t work…show up and protest the awards….

      Nov 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheBigOne

      @Ben Dover: Oh no you didn’t LOL

      Nov 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mcflyer54

      Kind of makes you wonder how much money Mr. Cathy and/or Chick-fil-A have donated to the Urban League. Maybe they just appreciate all those high paying fast food jobs his company has provided.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv

      It will be interesting to see how the other award winner, John Lewis, reacts. He has been a strong supporter of gay civil rights, actively opposing DOMA while in Congress, and supporting same-sex marriage. He also drew parallels with black civil rights:

      “I’ve heard the reasons for opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples. Cut through the distractions, and they stink of the same fear, hatred and intolerance I have known in racism and in bigotry.”

      Nov 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarthKitsune

      so, it boils down to urban people praising a guy who makes fried chicken? you go ahead and give this guy an award, have Uncle Remus present it while you’re at it.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OhioMan

      Well what does one expect..is it not Atlanta?

      Nov 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • technicolornina

      Someone should contact this group and point out that Dan Cathy donates to groups whose direct aim was to push through the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda.

      If their focus is on African-American rights (which–let’s not be bitchy here–ARE still a very real issue), and part of those rights has to do with being forcibly dragged from Africa centuries ago, THE FATE OF THOSE STILL IN AFRICA SHOULD BE A MATTER OF THEIR CONCERN.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Teleny

      @Merv: John Lewis is a classy guy. I’m dure he will say something about building tolerance that Chicken Filet idiot will ignore.

      Nov 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol


      Your ra•cism is unacceptable. Please stop it, ASAP.

      Nov 16, 2013 at 12:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol


      We should contact them and tell them that supporting a bigot like Dan Cathy is a horrendous thing to do.

      The number was posted above.

      Nov 16, 2013 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwtraveler

      It reminds me of HRC honoring Goldman Sachs for their support of the gay community. Hypocrisy is an equal opportunity disgrace.

      Nov 16, 2013 at 12:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sirald66


      Those are their reasons why.

      Nov 16, 2013 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sukhrajah

      This goes to show, that in 2013, where states are tearing down the walls of marriage in-equality, and that we are coming out in greater and greater numbers – that there are still those that wish to destroy/hamper/diminish our efforts. It just strengthens my resolve to boycott Chick-Fil-A as well as the Urban League. As a man of color that has lived in the Atlanta area for some time, I guess it will be harder than most – but I am going to make it work.

      Nov 16, 2013 at 4:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • longpastdue

      @sirald66: Thank you for posting that. It shows that while he is still a douche and in my opinion not deserving of any award he is NOT recieving and “Equality,” award. The award he is receiving is basically for money donated to inner city youth programs it’s called the “Community Empowerment Award.” So again, still a douche but they aren’t claiming he is making strides for Equality.

      Nov 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Damich

      …and now the winner of the Best Steaks and Burgers award goes to Chick Fil A!

      Nov 17, 2013 at 8:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      I really wish that those seeking to boycott would realize how ineffective it is. This company has grown a great deal during this boycott. Not to mention, ALL corporations cause serious human rights issues. If we boycotted them all, we would not be able to buy anything.

      Nov 17, 2013 at 9:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      @Caleb in SC: If he wants to put his money where his mouth is on the issue, where is all the news about his donations to the poor. If he was truly following religion, he should have all kinds of news stories devoted to him following the true teachings of Christianity. However, there are none. I would think giving millions to actual charities instead of hatred would garner some press.

      Nov 17, 2013 at 9:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      What people really should realize is that no issue is ever black or white…. it is always shades of grey.

      I think that the reasoning that they give is very adequate, but also maybe someone is smart enough to realize just how much national attention this would garner on both sides of the aisle.


      Nov 17, 2013 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan

      @longpastdue: Kind of makes you wonder why QT is presenting it as an Equality award? It couldn’t have anything to do with catering to race baiters now could it?

      Nov 17, 2013 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pauleky

      @tdx3fan: I’m glad the leaders of the Civil Rights movement didn’t think as you do.

      Nov 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover

      @Kangol: “The Big One” LOL-ed my comment which must be what you’re objecting to. I could have made it clearer, I meant that fast food, fried chicken is a negative African-American stereotype. Maybe not quite as negative as 40 oz. malt liquor, but negative nonetheless! So was this the reason the Urban League gave them an “equality award”? The whole thing makes no sense, unless maybe they just like negative stereotypes?

      Nov 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle

      @Ben Dover, first off, he is NOT getting an equality award. He’s getting a Community Empowerment award for his philanthropy. Queerty false headline was used to bait people like you, and you fell for it, hook line and sinker judging by your [email protected] comments that you tried to backtrack on. Click on the link that @sirald66 provided. And the silly line about heroin dealer. Which is definately more common in other areas. @tdx3fan you have valid points. @Kangol: thanks for calling out that junk.

      Nov 18, 2013 at 12:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover

      @Tackle: I’m not “backtracking” on anything. Negative stereotypes exist, whether you or I like them or not. WTF is a “Community Empowerment” award? How is it different from an “equality award”? I assume the “Urban League” wouldn’t give an award to a watermelon farmer or a banana importer, but I’m not going to object to those things because they’re actually good for you.

      Fried chicken is bad for you! Btw, go fuck yourself.

      Nov 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle

      Haha. Someone is angry. Glad I struck a nerve. Yes negitive sterotypes exist , and so do onlien gay [email protected] And why don’t you ask them what is the difference between the two awards. By the names, even a child could figure that out. And sure they would give an award to watermelon farmer or banan importer. If the right amout of money was given. Just like they would give an award to a botox manufacture or a company that makes wrinkle removing cream. If the price is right. And both are good for YOU. And the sun is bad for YOU. And Btw, I’d love to fuck myself with my big Black dick.

      Nov 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • customartist

      Atlanta Urban League
      Nancy Flake Johnson | President and CEO
      Direct phone: (404) 659-6575
      [email protected]

      Atlanta Urban League
      229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 300
      Atlanta, GA 30303-1600

      Mr. Herman Andrews
      Mr. Gregg Barber
      Mr. John A. Berry
      Ms. Moanica Caston
      Dr. DeRetta Cole
      Stacy Cole
      Ms. Pamela Cross
      Dr. Joyce Dorsey
      Ms. Karen Brewer-Edwards
      Ms. Janicka A. Green
      Ms. Francey Hakes
      Atty. Kenneth B. Hodges, III
      Mr. Michael Johnson
      Mr. Matthew Levin
      Mr. Nick Nelson
      Ms. Gail Nutt
      Mr. Glenn Patton
      Mr. Mark Pitts
      Mr. Ernest W. Quarles
      Ms. Myra Reeves
      Mr. Daraka Satcher
      Dr. Jabari Simama
      Ms. Ciji Tatum
      Ms. Deborah A. Thomas
      Mr. Otis Threatt
      Mr. Carl A. Tims
      Ms. Charmaine Ward
      Mr. John Wirtz

      Nov 19, 2013 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ben Dover

      @Tackle: Your anger is misplaced and you’re throwing around the “r” randomly & meaninglessly. Save it for the Urban League for its wallowing in self-hatred & [email protected] & reinforcing negative black stereotypes. The award only makes sense if they are also giving one to, for instance, a brewer of 40 oz malt liquor. The “logic” is the same.

      @customartist: Heh heh, thanks for the info!

      Nov 19, 2013 at 8:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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