Bossier Sheriff Posts Letter Boycotting Ford Over NFL Sponsorship
According to a post on Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook Page, Sheriff Julian Whittington is boycotting Ford due to the company's NFL sponsorship.
In a letter to Hixson Ford, a local Ford dealership in Bossier Parish, Sheriff Whittington says "The Bossier Sheriff's Office will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with these (sic) who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation."
Some members of the NFL have been participating in a silent protest by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem, in efforts of raising awareness of racial inequality in our country. Even after it was explained that the protest was NOT against our troops or our flag, many citizens accuse the protestors of being un-American and not supporting our troops.
Even though the Sheriff supports the players' rights to protest, he goes on to say "..we, the Bossier Sheriff's Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere."
The Sheriff also let the dealership know that they knew the decision was probably above the dealership's heads, and that the letter and the boycott would encourage the dealer to approach Ford about changing their sponsorship agreement with the NFL.
Response to the letter posted to Facebook has been mixed, but mostly in support of Sheriff Whittington's actions. One of the posts against the decision said this:
This sheriff is using his political office position to make a statement. He can personally refuse to purchase ford products, but should not be allowed to make that decision for the entire police department. This is wrong on so many levels. - Facebook User
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