Before I lay the hammer down which I bought from home depot I want to make it clear that the action taken by Lowe’s obviously does not represent the views of every one of their employees so it’s important to keep it fair.
Anyways, the old Lowe’s slogan “Let’s build something together” is gone and recently they changed it to “Never stop improving”. Bad timing.
When I first read that the retail home improvement store Lowe’s pulled their ads from the TLC eight part series “All American Muslim” for the simple fact that they didn’t want to support the American Muslim community, I asked myself what influenced this corporation to submit to such a low moral standard?
After investigating some more I discovered that a right wing christian organization known as the Florida family association put pressure on Lowe’s to stop showing the ads and they actually listened. So much for being kind during Christmas season, they might as well make the Grinch their CEO by being this mean.
Okay Lowe’s, before you help people rebuild homes, you need to rebuild your company values and ethics and live by them. All the fat-cats at Lowe’s need to practice what they preach. I mean come on, Why couldn’t you be chill like Best Buy and welcome the American Muslim community? Not a good idea, I mean after all, we’ll have an easier time going to home depot who have over 1,000 more stores nationwide anyways.
Lowe’s pulling ads shows how pathetic active islamophobia movements are but even more how weak corporations can be. Seriously, I mean what’s next Lowe’s? Are you going to have a sign outside each store saying “No Muslims Allowed”? Whatever happened to being a real American and following the values embedded in the United States declaration of independence….. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”.
Now that Lowe’s has gotten themselves into this mess, it’s an important time for both American Muslims and non Muslims to speak up and take constructive action. By letting them simply move on like everything is all good then we are letting the ideas of religious discrimination and racism spread. In the words of Russell Simmons “This country is built on religious freedom. This is the kind of hate that tears this country apart.”
So what do we do from here? Below are some ways on how we all can help in an organized, productive and civilized fashion.
Five Quick Tips on How to Take Action Against Lowe’s:
- First thing we all need to do is stop buying at Lowe’s until their stance is fixed.
- Let them know that we won’t tolerate bigotry and religious discrimination. Call, email, blog, just send your message. Here is some info that can help: Lowe’s Customer Care P.O. Box 1111 North Wilkesboro, NC 28656, 1-800-445-6937, firstname.lastname@example.org . ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) has already made this email process easy, take action here
- Sign the petition on the signon.org
- Contact the CEO of Lowes! Here is his corporate contact info: email is email@example.com, phone #: 704-758-2084
- Spread the word through your social networks, word of mouth is the most powerful tool in advertising.
One quote before I bounce, It’s from Prophet Isa (peace be upon him) who said:
“In kindness, be like the earth beneath your feet. In generosity be like the flowing rivers and in mercy be like the sun and the moon for they rise and set on the good and the wicked”. – Prophet Isa (peace be upon him)
After reading this , we should definitely give Lowe’s a chance to change for the better. But until they do, then Chill Yo, Don’t Shop at Lowe’s Yo!