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The Wayfair Walk Out

June 26, 2019
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The outrage is genuine, but what is the point behind the attacks on Wayfair?

In our latest chapter of performative wokeness, progressive celebrities have rallied to join their voices in denouncing the online furniture company Wayfair, because it sells furniture to the government for a border detention facility. The whole thing is big on social media. A big walk-out is planned by protesting employees.

The walk-out, planned for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. near the company’s Boston headquarters, comes after Wayfair executives said they would fulfill an order for beds and other items for a detention center in Carrizo Springs, Texas, according to two Wayfair employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The order was placed by BCFS, a government contractor that manages the facility…

The protest comes days after lawyers and doctors reported that children were being denied basic items including toothpaste and soap at a detention center in Clint, Texas.

The beds were sold to a different facility– one that was closed back in January. But the protests are driven by anger over the more recent horrific reports. “We cannot sit silently as these atrocities continue at the border,” one employee told the Wapo.

Naturally, AOC is all in.

But I have questions: how does the walkout help the kids down there? From Wapo:

Although the order placed last week by BCFS might help provide beds to children who might otherwise be sleeping on the floor, Wayfair employees said they felt strongly that the company should not support the government’s efforts to detain migrants seeking asylum.

Emphasis added there. Wayfair is not selling tasers, or shackles, or rubber bullets… the company is providing “beds to children who might otherwise be sleeping on the floor.”


How is that outrageous?

Exit question: Let’s say a company – let’s call it Sykes Inc. – supplied the centers with soap, toothbrushes, or blankets. Would that business also be dragged? Would there also be calls for walkouts and boycotts? The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one.

We want the children to have what they need – including beds – but then target the businesses that provide them. This is nuts.