These four Jimmy John bozos were fooling around, playing with dough. One made a noose with the dough, except that nooses aren’t made out of dough, so it wasn’t a noose. He then looped the dough-noose over his neck, as you can see. Then they posted the hilarity on YouTube.
- They would not have done this, presumably, if they thought it was a demonstration of racism.
- There were no African Americans present who could decide that the dough-noose was some kind of threat.
- Nothing in the video suggests a racist attitudes or a racial motive….
Nonetheless, all four were fired. Taking full advantage of the opportunity to signal their one-ness with the George Floyd mobs, Jimmy Johns happily tarred these young employees as racists, and thus threats to civilization, saying,
“We have zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form.The franchisee has taken immediate action and the employees have been terminated. The actions seen in this video are completely unacceptable and do not represent the Jimmy John’s brand.”
Did the four deserve to be fired? Sure. There are lots of good reasons to fire them, like playing with the food. Sending videos of the workplace to social media. Embarrassing the company. Not having the sense to know that even a dough-noose is liable to trigger a freakout in these times of hypersensitive madness when activists are looking for people to make an example of. They should be fired for showing such wretched judgment that they shouldn’t be trusted with food preparation. Or sharp objects.
However, I didn’t see any “discrimination,” and a noose made out of dough isn’t an indication of racism. Would it have still been racist if the four goofs had been black? Three out of four? 50%, with the employee making and wearing the dough an African American? Do you think the four would have been fired then?
Context matters. This is insane, and the citizens who still have their faculties have to duty to keep saying so, loudly and fearlessly.