Cracker Barrel offers a plant-based option. Conservatives lose their collective s**t

Cracker Barrel offers a plant-based option. Conservatives lose their collective s**t

August 6, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

“I just lost respect for a once great Tennessee company.”

“Are you kidding me? Who do you think your customer base is? I still order the double meat breakfast and it’s not even on the menu anymore. “


“There’s no such thing as sausage made from plants! Call it what you want but it still isn’t sausage. Just like ‘transgender,’ call it what you want but..…..….well you know.”

As we say about accepting everything that you may not agree with—abortions to same-sex marriage—what business is it of yours? No one asked for your opinion. If you don’t like it, then don’t marry someone of the same sex, have an abortion, or eat the damn veggie patty.

For me, Cracker Barrel was simply one of those places you see off the highway when you’re driving from one state to another. But, boy, was I wrong. It’s a beloved institution founded in 1969 in Lebanon, Tennessee. And in that 50-plus-year history is a deep streak of racism and discrimination far more relevant than a vegan sausage.

The Washington Post reports that in 1991 Cracker Barrel was called out for reportedly firing gay employees whose “sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values which have been the foundation of families in our society.” The company eventually ended the policy after heavy pressure from gay rights activists, The Los Angeles Times reported.

But in 2004, the Justice Department settled a lawsuit against the chain after numerous claims of racial discrimination against Black customers.

The complaint lists against Cracker Barrel include:

  • “seated white customers before African American customers who arrived earlier”

  • “provided inferior service to African American customers after they were seated”  

  • “treated African Americans who complained about the quality of Cracker Barrel’s food or service less favorably than white customers who lodged similar complaints”

The reality is that restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., and others aren’t trying to be political. They’re trying to make money. And since heart disease is the leading cause of death for all people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., maybe Impossible sausage will help a few folks live a little better. It won’t change everything, but at least it’s a start.

And that’s in addition to the impact of our meat consumption on the planet. According to the folks at UCLA Sustainability, “From a greenhouse gas emissions perspective, it is without doubt; significantly better for the environment to eat plant-based foods.”

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