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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:56 AM

If you only read one plea to fight white supremacy from a local produce company, make it this one:



Our little roadside signs have power. Most of the time, they let folks know that our hanging baskets are on sale, that today’s sweet corn is the best ever, that Santa will be at the market this weekend, or that the Fall Festival will be closed due to rain. During the off-season, sometimes we utilize them differently. Sometimes, we try to offer a smile on a daily commute. Sometimes, a message of support and inclusion to a community that is struggling makes someone’s day. Sometimes the messages on our signs make people think… and sometimes, they make some people angry.

Last week, some of our customers and neighbors asked us to clarify the sentiment behind our sign that said “Rise & Resist.” So, we changed it to read “Rise Up Against Injustice” and “Resist White Supremacy.” We sincerely believe that fighting injustice and white supremacy is a responsibility that can- and should- unite us all. We struggle to see how anyone other than self-identified white supremacists would take this as a personal attack.

Some have asked why we feel called to have such a message on our signs at all. Here is why:

Cox Farms is a small family-owned and family-operated business. The five of us are not just business-owners; we are human beings, members of the community, and concerned citizens of this country. We are also a family, and our shared values and principles are central to our business.

We’re not seeking to alienate folks who have different perspectives on tax reform or infrastructure spending. But when it comes to speaking out against systems of oppression and injustice, we see it as our moral responsibility to use our position of privilege and power, along with the tools of our trade and the platforms available to us, to engage visibly and actively in the fight for justice. Our roadside sign messages are one small way we do this.

Some folks have expressed that they would prefer not to know where we stand. We appreciate that being an informed consumer can sometimes be exhausting, disappointing, and frustrating. It can involve making hard choices about values and priorities. We respect that some have decided to no longer patronize our business as a result. We also know that there are some who may see our signs, roll their eyes, and still choose to come back for the kettle corn. We get it.

Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” We consider the present state of our country to be far beyond partisan bickering or politics as usual. We see our nation in crisis, and peoples’ lives and safety and humanity are hanging in the balance. We are gravely concerned about the hateful words, destructive actions, and detrimental policies coming from this administration. We are not neutral, and we will not feign neutrality to appease our customers. We are committed to speaking out for love and justice, even if it costs us some business.

Almost twenty years ago, some visitors started a boycott because we fly rainbow flags over our hay tunnel, and they were concerned that Cox Farms was “promoting the homosexual agenda.” A few years ago, some folks got very angry about the Black Lives Matter sign hanging in a window of an owner’s home on the farm. Last year, some locals took offense at our “We love our Muslim neighbors” and “Immigrants make America great!” sign messages. What do all of the messages have in common? They are statements of inclusion. They attempt to tell members of our community, people that might feel discriminated against or alienated in a particular moment, “Hey, you are welcome here, too.” To our customers and neighbors that feel that this is somehow a divisive stance, we ask you to reflect on the possibility that your lived experience may be one that hasn’t necessitated a message of inclusion to make you feel welcome.

We’re not strangers to controversy or hard conversations. When we take a stand, we do so knowing that it could hurt our bottom line, and we are comfortable taking that risk. As a family, we know that when you’re on the right side of history, love wins. Right now, it means that some people in our community no longer feel comfortable supporting our business, and we respect that. While our intention was not to make anyone feel unwelcome, we certainly respect every consumer’s right to decide which businesses to support in our community.
Reprinted in full with permission.

https://twitter.com/coxfarmstweets

Even though, this place is close to me, I learned of this from boing boing
https://boingboing.net/2018/02/12/beloved-virginia-farm-takes-he.html

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Reply If you only read one plea to fight white supremacy from a local produce company, make it this one: (Original post)
FSogol Feb 12 OP
UpInArms Feb 12 #1
awesomerwb1 Feb 12 #2
CrispyQ Feb 12 #3
PatSeg Feb 12 #6
efhmc Feb 12 #11
CrispyQ Feb 12 #12
efhmc Feb 12 #29
CrispyQ Feb 12 #30
efhmc Feb 13 #38
LoveMyCali Feb 12 #31
CrispyQ Feb 12 #32
Faux pas Feb 12 #4
bottomofthehill Feb 12 #5
OldManTarHeel Feb 12 #7
FSogol Feb 12 #14
ancianita Feb 12 #8
Generic Brad Feb 12 #9
malaise Feb 12 #10
calimary Feb 12 #13
Hulk Feb 12 #15
PatrickforO Feb 12 #16
AllaN01Bear Feb 12 #17
volstork Feb 12 #18
bpj62 Feb 12 #19
hfojvt Feb 12 #20
LanternWaste Feb 12 #21
FSogol Feb 12 #23
hfojvt Feb 12 #25
FSogol Feb 12 #28
appalachiablue Feb 12 #22
smirkymonkey Feb 12 #24
hfojvt Feb 12 #26
smirkymonkey Feb 12 #27
Amaryllis Feb 12 #33
Silver Gaia Feb 12 #34
chwaliszewski Feb 12 #35
apkhgp Feb 12 #36
yuiyoshida Feb 13 #37

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:07 PM

1. Good on them

They understand that silence will not protect us

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:11 PM

2. Respect.

I hope they end up getting a lot more business from their message of inclusion, tolerance and love.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:28 PM

3. Kick!

We’re not seeking to alienate folks who have different perspectives on tax reform or infrastructure spending. But when it comes to speaking out against systems of oppression and injustice, we see it as our moral responsibility to use our position of privilege and power, along with the tools of our trade and the platforms available to us, to engage visibly and actively in the fight for justice. Our roadside sign messages are one small way we do this.


I have two friends who have each, recently, had a novel published. One writes locally, too, articles & reviews, for papers & magazines, & she tackles politics in her blogs & on her FB page. The other only writes about fiction & her genre. So the political one has gotten a couple of 1-star reviews of her book & the non-political one suggested it was because of her politics, to which the political one said, "I'm not changing who I am just because there are jerks out there that would rate me based on my politics."

The non-political one responded, "I'm not saying change who you are, just don't advertise your views."

The political one responded, "That would be changing who I am. I have to speak out about abuse & injustice when I see it."

I've already left her a 5-star review, so I went & bought three copies of her book after that exchange.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:47 PM

6. Good for her

The issues right now go far beyond politics. This is about what kind of world do we want to live in. Speaking out about injustice is hardly advertising. Quite often silence is complicity.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:50 PM

11. So what is the name of the political book?

Let's give her some free publicity.

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Response to efhmc (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:05 PM

12. You asked for it. :)

Transference

Here's a recent ad she posted, but I think the sale is over. The 1-star review is kind of humorous though. In a 'moran' sort of way.



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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 05:55 PM

29. Is she from Colorado?

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Response to efhmc (Reply #29)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:11 PM

30. Not sure, but she's lived here for years.

We met in a writing critique group through meetup.com

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #30)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:43 PM

38. Can the book be promoted on twitter?

Do not know the rules about that. Anyway, I wish her luck.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:41 PM

31. Added to my wishlist

Payday is Friday. The reviews that I saw all looked great, thanks for sharing this with us.

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Response to LoveMyCali (Reply #31)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:50 PM

32. Cool!

I told her she'd be rich in a few days. It's a quirky story, but I liked it.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:43 PM

4. Kickin' with gusto!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:46 PM

5. We love Cox Farms

We would bring out children to the Pumpkin Patch when they were little and have lots of great memories. The apple cider donuts are amazing. They have an additional little farm stand closer to our house where we get veggies and holiday sweet (pies and stuff).

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:49 PM

7. I Shopped at Cox Farms in Vienna, VA for Years . . Good Folks & Great Produce

Thank you, Cox Farms for taking a 'Stand' against these racists.

Sadly, there have been repeated incidents in Loudoun County, VA of KKK propaganda being left at the entries of driveways of homes, placed in plastic bags, and in some cases even CDs containing the same pitiful messages.

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Response to OldManTarHeel (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:43 PM

14. Probably a waste of effort for the Klan. Loudoun county

Has more Diwali decorations than Halloween

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 12:58 PM

8. I support all companies that support the Live And Let Live Agenda -- the original American agenda.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:11 PM

9. Well, there's a controversial stance

It's right up there with "Love thy neighbor" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

The only people who find statements like that to be objectionable are the worst of our species.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:21 PM

10. K & R

Lovely

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:19 PM

13. Definitely good on them!

With another great quote for my quotes file -

Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

WELL worth remembering! Your silence and/or inaction speaks VERY loudly.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:44 PM

15. Bravo...the righteous shine through the dark of these times.

Good for these moral and corageous souls. If there is a heaven, they deserve a place at the table with the Great Ones of history.

Wake up and stand up, America. You are only as great as your people.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:46 PM

16. I found their website, and they are 'hibernating' for winter.

But, I've bookmarked this thread so when they open again I can buy stuff from them.

It takes guts to do what they did. That's pretty outstanding. Live and let live!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:47 PM

17. the first andmendment applies to every one.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:56 PM

18. Im sorry

that I cannot recommend a million times.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:04 PM

19. Pumpkin Patch

We took our kids to the fall pumpkin patch every year when they were young. Cox Farm has always been up front about thier politics and it is refreshing to see a business take a stand. The farm is on the Fairfax/Loudoun County line and as an earlier poster stated you are likely to see more Diwali lights then pumpkins in that area.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:08 PM

20. I am not sure what that means

How exactly does one "resist" white supremacy? Does that mean "support open borders"?

All they seem to be doing with their sign is virtue signaling.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:17 PM

21. It's not surprising that many people are forced to perceive it as such

"All they seem to be doing with their sign is virtue signaling..."

It's not surprising that many people are forced to perceive it as such; the objective support lacking for that allegation is more than compensated by the vague, almost nonsensical questions pretending relevance.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:35 PM

23. Some people read what was written in lieu of just looking at pictures

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Response to FSogol (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:55 PM

25. sometimes I think I want human interaction

then I actually interact with humans.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 04:15 PM

28. Pat your high horse once from me.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:25 PM

22. K & R. Bravo Cox Farms in Centerville, Va.!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:42 PM

24. Good for them!

"If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." - Eldridge Cleaver

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 04:02 PM

26. I never knew that to be from Cleaver

thought it was a general 1970s slogan, and not just about race. Presumably there was more than ONE problem.

Once I went with our church youth group from Layton up to Ogden to hear Cleaver speak, but he ended up not making it because of airplane delays or something. As I remember it there were only about 30 people there, including about 10 from our group.

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Response to hfojvt (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 04:05 PM

27. That wasn't his exact quote, it was paraphrased from what he actually said.

What he said was:

The correct (full) quote is: 'There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you're going to be part of the problem.'

Same meaning basically, just different wording.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:29 PM

33. I live on the other side of the country but just liked them on FB.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:19 PM

34. I wish I could shop there!

I looooove these people.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:20 PM

35. Awesome approach!

If only everyone thought like that.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:34 PM

36. Is there a necessity for these signs?

When there are people who march around with Tiki torches shouting hate speech
There is a necessity for these signs

When Hate groups take their hate speech to the streets of our country
There is a necessity for these signs

When members of Hate groups find it necessary to kill people that march against them
There is a necessity for these signs

When members of Hate groups find it necessary to teach their children to hate like they do
There is a necessity for these signs

When we have to eradicate this menace nationwide
from every house
from every building
from every street
from everywhere that people congregate and gather
There is a necessity for these signs



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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 01:27 AM

37. Probably far better than

COX CABLE.

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