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Goodyear’s Racial Discrimination Story Just got Even Worse

Just when you think a story about leftist activism can’t possibly get any worse, it inevitably proves you wrong. – That is certainly the case with yesterday’s story about Goodyear, and its efforts to indoctrinate its employees by endorsing the propaganda of the openly-Marxist Black Lives Matter domestic terrorist group.

For those who may have missed it, here is the central aspect of that story:

But that consideration of ever buying from Goodyear ended this morning when news broke about a new attire policy the company has adopted for its employees. Check out this graphic:

So, it’s perfectly fine for Goodyear employees to wear clothing endorsing BLM, an openly-Marxist domestic terrorist group funded by front groups for George Soros and the Democrat Party. But it is not ok for those same employees to wear attire endorsing law enforcement or their desire to make America great again. You seriously cannot make this stuff up, folks.

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As I noted in that post yesterday, Goodyear management responded to the story by issuing a mealy-mouthed statement denying the slide had been distributed by the company’s corporate office, but not denying that it in fact reflects formal company policy. In other words, exactly what you would expect from a company that is guilty of the accusation.

This morning, the story got even worse for the company. Check out this clip that was aired by OANN:

That is a leaked recording of an actual internal Goodyear training seminar. In the recording you clearly hear the speaker – who is without any question at all communicating company policy – openly telling people that the company outright endorses race-based discrimination, telling the employees that wearing “black lives matter or LGBTQ pride on their face coverings, shirts or wristbands…will be deemed appropriate…However, if any associate wears all, blue or white lives matter shirts or face coverings, that will be not appropriate.”

Get it? Black lives good, white lives bad.

Not only is this policy advocating actual race-based discrimination reprehensible, it is also very likely completely illegal under U.S. law. The company could probably get away with denying the right to wear shirts or other clothing displaying slogans like “blue lives matter” and “all lives matter,” but directly punishing employees for for “white lives matter” stuff could truly be a bridge too far.

All of which explains why the only intelligent policy for a company to adopt is a policy against any sloganeering in the workplace. But at Goodyear, it is obvious that the temptation for management to engage in politically-correct virtue signaling was too strong to resist.

Let the lawsuits begin.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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Need New Tires? Don’t Buy From Goodyear. **UPDATED** **UPDATE 2**

Need tires? Don’t even think about buying Goodyear. – I’m currently searching for new tires for our car, and was looking seriously at a 50,000-mile set from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. After all, it’s a great American company – or at least it used to be – and I’m all about buying American since China’s government intentionally spread a deadly virus all over the world.

But that consideration of ever buying from Goodyear ended this morning when news broke about a new attire policy the company has adopted for its employees. Check out this graphic:

So, it’s perfectly fine for Goodyear employees to wear clothing endorsing BLM, an openly-Marxist domestic terrorist group funded by front groups for George Soros and the Democrat Party. But it is not ok for those same employees to wear attire endorsing law enforcement or their desire to make America great again. You seriously cannot make this stuff up, folks.

In response to this bit of news, President Trump himself issued the following tweet:

Conservatives have always been reluctant to play the same kinds of boycott/cancel culture games that the left has made a daily part of our lives. But this really and truly does need to change.

There is a increasingly hostile and intense war for the soul of this nation taking place right now, today.
Sadly, only one side is really fighting it, and it isn’t us.

That must change.

Boycott Goodyear Tire and Rubber, folks. Boycott this deplorable company and its management like your way of life depends on it.

Because you know what? It does.

**UPDATE** – Shortly after this piece was posted, Goodyear released the following lame and unconvincing statement:

I do not believe the highlighted part of this statement for a moment. The rest of it is your standard, overly-lawyered corporate gobbledygook.

Goodyear should be boycotted. Period. We must stop tolerating this kind of blatant discrimination against traditional American values.

**UPDATE 2** Looking at the Goodyear website, we find this press release from 2016:

GOODYEAR EXPANDS TIRE FACTORY IN CHINA

PULANDIAN, China, November 2, 2016 — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced it has broken ground on a $485 million expansion of its state-of-the-art tire factory in Pulandian, Dalian, China. Goodyear Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer took part in a ceremony with Lu Lin, deputy mayor of Dalian, China.

When completed in 2020, the expansion will increase the plant’s capacity by about 5 million tires a year, enabling Goodyear to meet the strong and growing market demand for premium, large-rim-diameter consumer tires in China and the Asia Pacific region. By 2020, Goodyear expects tires with rim diameters of 17 inches or greater to account for nearly 60 percent of its replacement tire sales volume in China.

“This investment in our Pulandian factory speaks to our long-term strategy of pursuing sustainable growth in the Asia Pacific region and increasing Goodyear’s presence in high-value segments of the global tire market that are growing at rates above the total industry where we can capture the value of our brand,” Kramer said. “The city of Dalian has been supportive of our developments here, and we look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership.”

“Goodyear’s latest investment in Pulandian strengthens our presence in China. As one of our most important and key growth markets, our global brand and innovative product portfolio in China will gives us a competitive edge,” said Chris Delaney, president, Asia Pacific.

Goodyear was the first global tire manufacturer to enter China when it invested in a tire manufacturing plant in Dalian in 1994. The company moved production to the new Pulandian factory in 2012 and opened its new China Development Center on the Pulandian campus in 2015 to increase the speed and efficiency of developing high-quality premium tires for China-based auto manufacturers.

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

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Ugh. So much for Goodyear being a “great American company.”

Boycott Goodyear like your way of life depends on it. Because it does.

That is all.

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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