Walmart has apologized for refusing to make a police-themed cake for an officer’s retirement party. The police officer’s daughter went to a McDonough, Georgia Walmart recently and asked an employee at the store’s bakery for a cake with an American flag in black and white with a blue stripe added in. (The “thin blue line” design is a commonly used police officer emblem). But a bakery employee refused to make the cake, asserting that “the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake.” Nobody?
The officer’s daughter then asked for a simpler cake, one with a single blue line on a chocolate background, but the employee said she didn’t “feel comfortable” with that design either.
Taylor Wilkes, a family friend and fellow Georgia police officer, criticized the store via a Facebook post, calling the store’s behavior “appalling.” “There is nothing racist about the symbolism behind the ‘thin blue line,’ yet people CHOOSE to make EVERYTHING about race,” Wilkes wrote. “I’m so tired of it.”
You and me both, Taylor. You and me both.
Andrew Breitbart famously- and brilliantly- said, “Politics is downstream from culture,” meaning that when our culture is defiled, degraded and deformed, our politics will be too. That truism is writ large in our two remaining presidential candidates.
And in how we won’t decorate our cakes.