NEW YORK (VINnews) — A North Carolina county has banned Coca-Cola machines in its vicinity in response to Coca Cola’s criticism of new election laws passed in Georgia recently which would require photo ID for absentee voters, limit the number of drop boxes for ballots, and prohibit providing food and drink to voters waiting in line (other than “self-service” water stations provided by election officials), among other changes.
Supporters claim that the law was needed to safeguard the integrity of the state’s elections after the irregularities discovered in the 2020 election, while critics felt it would restrict access to voting — disproportionately so for voters of color. Among the critics was the Atlanta-based Coca Cola company which said that it would support “federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country.”
In response to the corporation’s blatant political stand, Surry county in North Carolina has banned Coca-Cola machines, in an attempt to fight what they see as political intimidation by the giant company.
The county commissioners in the all-Republican county voted 3-2 last month to prohibit Coca-Cola vending machines in county-owned properties. WXII News reported however that the machines had yet to be taken out. It’s not clear how many vending machines there were in county buildings in Surry, which has roughly 73,000 residents in the northern part of the state.
“The left wing in America, they defund, they boycott, they cancel, they tear down statues — all sorts of egregious actions. The expectation from them is the opposing political side will cower in the corner and we’re supposed to accept that and it’s supposed to be OK. And it’s not OK.” Eddie Harris, Surry County county commissioner, said in his explanation of the move.
”Millions of Americans believe that the last presidential election was not held in a fair manner and that more voter fraud will occur in the future if elections are not more closely monitored and regulated,” Harris reportedly wrote in a letter to Coca Cola’s CEO.
Harris also blasted Coca Cola’s double standards on political issues:
“I have seen no public statements from you or Coca Cola regarding the placement of China’s ethnic Uighurs and Turkic Muslim minorities in concentration camps. Where is your outrage of this persecution in a Communist country in which Coca Cola is heavily invested? Harris wrote in a letter published by The Daily Wire.
“It has also come to our attention that your company has adopted policies that disparage people based on their race. According to a whistleblower, your employees were asked to be ‘less white’ and another training slide said: ‘In the U.S. and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white.’ The slide detailing what it means to be ‘less white’ noted 10 areas in which Caucasians should improve. This type of bigoted and racist thinking has no place in corporate America or our country. People should be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.” Harris continued, adding that “citizens of Surry County and across America are growing increasingly tired of large multinational corporations and their CEOs pushing an increasingly intolerant, bigoted, left-wing, divisive political agenda on its customers.”
Harris expressed his hope that other counties would follow suit and take a stance against Coca Cola and added that he hoped that “future marketing efforts and comments emanating from your company are more considerate of all your customers’ viewpoints.”