In my previous post, there were two main points that I wanted to make:
- The Target boycotters weren’t doing a good job of making it clear what exactly they are boycotting.
- I had a hard time understanding the idea of boycotting a corporation because they support candidates with whom I disagree.
I stand by the first point and partially by the second, but I have a new viewpoint. Before I go into the details, though, I want to thank the people that commented or had conversations with me in person on this topic. I was genuinely interested in hearing other points of view and I really appreciated my friends’ willingness to discuss this with me.
Through these conversations, I found (at least) one flaw in my reasoning. I debated the idea of boycotting a company who makes donations that support a candidate who disagrees with me. If we were talking about fiscal policy, that would be one thing, but in this case we’re talking about basic human rights. And those shouldn’t be debatable.
On NPR the other day, I heard a California voter who voted for Prop 8 saying that he felt it was unfair that one judge was able to negate the voice of the majority of California voters. I immediately found myself arguing with the radio, saying “It wasn’t that he overturned your law because he disagreed with it. He overturned it because it was unconstitutional. Just like any law that forbids Mormon churches would be overturned. It doesn’t matter if you vote for it. You can’t pass any law you want in this country – you have to abide by the rules that are our foundation.”
So that’s how I see this now. Tom Emmer does not support equal rights for all Americans. That goes against everything I (and we) stand for. And, Target, by making this donation and declining to make a comparable donation to a gay-rights organization, you have said that you do not support equal rights for all Americans.