When I read this NY Times article last night I was so angry I had trouble going to sleep. The article stuck with me most of the day and I felt I had to say something. It’s embarrassing that in this great country there are still people who are full of such anger and hatred towards others they manipulate social media to spread their ugly messages. A person associated with one of the presidential candidates political campaign, his publication is mentioned in the NY Times article, has chosen to be a purveyor of lies and hate against Chobani Founder Hamdi Ulukaya. We have an obligation to stand up to these bullies, disavow their lies and not allow their messages to go unopposed.
I have been fortunate enough in my life to have worked with some of the best entrepreneurs in the food industry. I am proud to have known Hamdi Ulukaya. He is an American hero and a good man who cares about his fellow human beings. He has chosen to help others who are less fortunate by promising to give away a majority of his fortune to assist refugees. Normally this is would be something that we would be celebrating. I believe we must speak up and defend those who are being unfairly smeared by organizations and people of hate. Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King said it best. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/business/for-helping-immigrants-chobanis-founder-draws-threats.html