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The students of USI have spoken and, apparently, they are pining for poultry.

Sodexo has been in the process of replacing Archie’s Pizzeria and Burger King with more attractive chains such as Steak n’ Shake or Chick-fil-A.

Despite more pressing matters the university is facing, the idea of alluring food options has campus abuzz.

As a self-proclaimed mostly vegan, the idea to implement two more dining establishments on campus that contain murdered critters is less than amusing.

However, my quarrel is with the people preoccupied with a proposed Chick-fil-A replacing BK—which seems to be everyone.

My first qualm is that the chicken-choking establishment is closed on Sundays.

The university’s late six-point strategic plan included an initiative to make campus 24/7, or as close to it as possible.

Opening a restaurant that refuses to raise its gates one day of the week seems counterproductive.

But that’s not really a huge deal. Campus remains dead on weekends regardless.

The problem erecting a Chick-fil-A arouses is one of image.

The company is well known for its controversial political statements. I mean, did everyone forget about the 2012 Dan Kathy fiasco?

Kathy publicly sided against same-sex marriage—or marriage as is the more appropriate term—bolstering the fowl-slaying company’s Christian ethos.

I have no issue with a Christian restaurant coming to campus, unless it is discriminating against a portion of the student demographic.

Chick-fil-A hasn’t only verbally denounced the LGBT community but the black community as well.

Recently Chick-fil-A workers have been spotted sporting shirts that read, “Back the Blue,” which is guised under the support of their fellow police officers. This is a direct retaliation to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Similar slogans have been used to retaliate the black empowerment movement such as the hash tag #AllLivesMatter.

Yes, police lives matter. Yes, ALL lives truly do matter. But these phrases were coined to make it sound like the Black Lives Matters group consists of a bunch of white-hating racists, which is outrageously inaccurate.

Police brutality is a massive problem in this country and this organization’s number one cause is to bring light to this issue and create change. Most organizations have a singular goal, they have to.

Spreading resources too thin does not create change. Honing in upon one specific goal allows a group of people to really tackle the issue from every angle.

Denying them their cause is a waste of energy that could be allocated toward something more fruitful.

Adding a Chick-fil-A to campus just adds to the support of racism and discrimination, even if only symbolically.

Will adding a Chick-fil-A to campus really cause so much strife? Maybe not, most people love to chomp down on the crispified carcasses they cater.

All I have to say about this whole restaurant replacement predicament is #ChickenLivesMatter.

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