Goodyear has just added itself to the growing roster of corporations lending their support to the progressive agenda.
Earlier this week, the tire company sparked a boycott among conservatives after an internal training presentation allegedly showed that Goodyear allows employees to wear gear promoting Black Lives Matter and LGBT issues but will ban anything with “Make America Great Again,” “All Lives Matter,” or “Blue Lives Matter” verbiage.
A photo of the slide from the presentation was reportedly leaked to WIBW by an anonymous Goodyear employee:
The slide was initially spotted and amplified by “Hoaxed” filmmaker Mike Cernovich.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 18, 2020
After the incident gained national attention, Goodyear denied that the slide was created by or under the auspices of the company.
Yesterday, Goodyear became the focus of a conversation that created some misconceptions about our policies and our company. Goodyear has always wholeheartedly supported both equality and law enforcement and will continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/oO6jUg2rTR
— Goodyear (@goodyear) August 19, 2020
In the statement, Goodyear argues that “the visual in question was not created or distributed by Goodyear corporate, nor was it part of a diversity training class.”
“Goodyear is committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful workplace where all of our associates can do their best in a spirit of teamwork,” Goodyear spokesperson Melissa Monaco said, according to WIBW. “As part of this commitment, we do allow our associates to express their support on racial injustice and other equity issues but ask that they refrain from workplace expressions, verbal or otherwise, in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party as well as other similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of equity issues.”
The employee, however, had different feelings about the policy.
“If someone wants to wear a BLM shirt in here, then cool. I’m not going to get offended about it,” the individual told WIBW. “At the same time, if someone’s not going to be able to wear something that is politically-based, even in the farthest stretch of the imagination, that’s discriminatory. If we’re talking about equality, then it needs to be equality. If not, it’s discrimination.”
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