Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said on Sunday that white people should shine the shoes of black strangers to show humility and embarrassment for racism — as he proceeded to shine rapper Lecrae's shoes while he spoke.
"I invite folks just to put some words to action here and if we need to find somebody that needs to have their shoes shined, we need to just go right on over and shine their shoes," Cathy said during a panel discussion about race and the church at a Georgia church.
Cathy said that he had once bought 1,500 shoe brushes for his employees so they could shine strangers' shoes.
"Whether they got tennis shoes on or not — maybe they got sandals on — it really doesn't matter. But, there's a time in which we need to have some personal action here. Maybe we need to give them a hug, too," Cathy said. "...So, any expressions of a contrite heart, of a sense of humility, a sense of shame, a sense of embarrassment begat with an apologetic heart — I think that's what our world needs to hear today."