Costco Pulls Cheese Brand From Its Shelves After Founder Calls BLM Organization A Terrorist Group
The founder has since apologized and committed to $100,000 to an educational and food security endowment.
September 25, 2020 at 12:29 am
Costco has removed a popular cheese brand from more than 100 stores after the company's owner called the Black Lives Matter movement a terror group on social media last month.
Brian Henry, the founder of Palmetto Cheese and mayor of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, came under fire for a post on Aug. 25 that critics have blasted as a racist take on the killing of two local residents, Today reports.
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Henry connected the Black Lives Matter movement to the killing of Laura Anderson and her step-father, Nick Wall, who were killed in an altercation following a car accident on Aug. 24, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.
"I am sickened by the senseless killings in Georgetown last night. 2 [sic] innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man," Henry wrote. "So why do we stand by and allow BLM to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis … this has gone on too long. Rise up America. This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations they are."
Following public backlash, activists and organizers have called for the mayor to resign. Marvin Neal, the Georgetown, South Carolina, NAACP president, said instead of using his powers as mayor to support residents, Henry has used his position to stoke racial tensions.
"When two white people were allegedly killed by a Black man in Georgetown, SC, Mayor Brian Henry of the neighboring town of Pawley’s Island Beach had the opportunity to bring citizens closer together. He instead chose to use his platform to cause further racial divide and controversy by venting his frustrations on social media," Neal told Today.
According to The Post and Courier, the main daily newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, signs have been displayed in Costco store that read "Over 120 Costco's throughout the US are no longer carrying this item," where customers would usually find the cheese product.
Although Henry confirmed Palmetto Cheese was removed from Costco’s inventory, he did not disclose the rationale behind the move.
“Costco rotates items in and out during the course of the year. They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business,” Henry told The Post and Courier. “We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future.