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My take: the Georgia voting law & boycotting companies

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By Mak Krivka—

After Georgia passed the recent voting rights law, multimillion dollar corporations in the state decided to speak up and pull their companies from the state to show their opposition to the law. There is a case to argue that these companies should not be pulling their businesses out of the state. In my opinion, it should be a hard no. I say this because  this is simple and two fold. People should not care about what a corporation has to say on a political matter, and quite frankly it is not their job to comment on political events.

Most people will not be concerned about a voting rights bill when they go to the store to buy a case of Dr. Pepper. I am frankly sick and tired of everyone having an opinion on anything that happens in politics. I would even go as far as to say that by pulling their plants out of states such as Georgia, these companies may create a negative connection with their consumers. I consider what is happening in Georgia to be a  publicity move, and it is harmful for the workers in these companies who need these jobs. It says more about our country right now that the CEO of a company is more concerned about being a “woke champion” than a provider of jobs. 

It is not the job of companies like Coke and Delta to tell us what we should believe in or not believe in. The job of companies like Coke is to supply their product to the masses, not to have an official statement ready anytime a lawmaker does something they don’t like or a law is passed that they don’t consider up to their terms. 

Companies should realign themselves with the ideas they were founded with like hard work and the American dream. They are forgoing these values to appease a small population of the country who feels this way. 

I, an everyday American, do not care what the top 1% think about these issues because they do affect them in the least bit. The utter selfishness of these companies to get their 15 minutes on the news that overshadows the fact that they have just seriously damaged their workers and the possibility of them losing their jobs and all benefits with it. To put it plainly: big corporations, please mind your own business and do what you do best: sell us bottles of Coke.

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