“At IMC, a guiding principle of our commitment to excellence as a company is to treat all people with dignity and to act with integrity. Inclusiveness is a core value of our organization. We celebrate diversity and view it as a strength and unequivocally denounce any form of discrimination. In order to build relationships and exceed expectations internally and with our customers, we continue to work together to better understand one another, and to evolve together to achieve success today and well into the future. We believe through kindness and fundamental fairness that we cannot only build an exceptional company but we can positively influence our industry and community.”
Maricich says the High Point Market should not be the focus of a boycott as a result of HB@, AKA Hate Bill 2, and that the protests against it are misplaced because, he says, more than 70% of the exhibitors are small businesses, mostly from outside of North Carolina, that depend on the market to drive revenues.
But here’s the deal, Mr. Maricich: when people don’t have a vote, when their legislators rush through a bill, and their governor signs it, as he said, in the hopes of denying any discussion or criticism, We The People have no choice but to voice our anger in other ways, usually, and most effectively, through boycotts.
If a high profile concert is cancelled because the performer refuses to sing in a state that legislates hate then that’s his right.
If a company decides to move their expansion somewhere else because a state government has allowed discrimination and intolerance to become law, that’s their right.
If a sporting event threatens to move to another state to avoid being associated with legalized discrimination, then that’s their right.
And if vendors and visitors to an event, even one as large and profitable as yours, decide that they would rather stay home than funnel their money into a state that has allowed transgender people to be treated so shabbily with such vitriol, then that’s their right, too.
The people of North Carolina, and anyone who may, or may not, visit the state, didn’t have a voice or a vote in that Hate Bill, so We The People, from The Boss to PayPal to the Average Joe who opts to stay away, will use our wallets and our credits cards as our voice.
Money talks, it’s time for that bull shiz law to take a walk.
This threatened boycott might hurt your bottom line, but think how many people are affected by hate, how many trans women are beaten and killed, and then ask yourself, is money more important than a life?