Bonobos Stands in Solidarity with Walmart
Everyone is entitled to their own political opinions. It is what makes our country great.
The right to assemble is also enshrined in the Constitution. It is another reason our country is great.
The prescience of the founding fathers continues to astonish me. They were freedom fighters. They made America. They gave us this magical country.
They also were slaveowners — which is confusing to their legacy. How could such brilliant men have only secured freedom for themselves, but not their wives or their slaves?
I personally don’t know. It perplexes me.
The zeitgeist of human history lurches forward, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.
My favorite monument in New York City is in Washington Square Park. I think about George Washington’s legacy every time I pass by.
I adore the man.
It was erected in 1890, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of his inauguration. It is stunning to think how long ago that is.
Washington led the troops to eat their horses at Valley Forge so that they could survive the winter, and so that we might be free. I cannot imagine. The night of this massive snowstorm in New York City, I snapped the camera and I imagined it might have looked like this then.
My boss’s boss is Doug McMillon. He is the CEO of Walmart. This week he issued a statement saying “Donald Trump missed a critical opportunity to bring our country together.”
We, at Bonobos, could not agree more — we condemn the fascism on display at the same time as we understand the right to peacefully assemble no matter the topic. We feel our President could have taken an approach to heal the country, rather to cast both sides as morally comparable.
In a strange way, we are grateful that the insidious forces lurking in our society are now on full display, so that we can confront them with a modern day courage comparable to that which the founding fathers displayed 250 years ago.
We are proud to belong to Walmart, a company which knows how to live it’s values and promote a vibrant and inclusive future for our country — and a company making a profound transition that the world does not yet fully appreciate.
It is indeed a magical world.
The only reason courage exists is because sometimes it is required.
May we all rise up to the task.