Monday, August 02, 2010

So Long Red Wing

Red Wing Shoe Company
David D. Murphy, President
Red Wing Shoe Company
314 Main Street
Red Wing, MN 55066


Dear David,

I bought my first pair of Red Wing Boots in 1988 to work on the Aggie Bonfire. They have protected my feet on so many occasions that I eventually started wearing them everyday, everywhere, and for everything. I have swayed numerous friends and family to start enjoying your quality boots. I have even convinced wardrobe to allow me to wear them in several national commercials and the films “Where the Heart Is”, “Brothers”, and the upcoming “Bringing Up Bobby”.

Your boots are synonymous with who I am and I have been proud to support your company for over 22 years.

This is why it deeply saddens me to declare that I will never, ever wear your brand as long as your company donates to PAGs like Minnesota Forward and supports candidates like Tom Emmer or anyone against equal rights for all Americans.

I fully support your decision and right to donate to these people, but I cannot even allow a fraction of one cent of my money to make its way into their coffers.

Thank you for 22 really good years.

Kind Regards,



Ray

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Ray for being a man of conviction. I try to inspire my students to speak up for what they believe is right even if it isn't always the popular opinion at that moment.

I try every day to get them to realize that what SOME people think is "right" at this moment might be thought of as inconceivable in the future. We talked last year about private domain & do you have the right to do whatever you want in your own home? Most thought yes...I asked if they thought that they could marry anyone they wanted...again most thought yes.

I then reminded them that there is an entire section of out population that DOES NOT have the right to marry and other rights that most of us take for granted are not afforded to these people, either. Marriage, Adoption, Property, Divorce, Custody....

I think I opened some eyes...

I hope so, at least!!

~Kimberly

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Go Ray!

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Good job, buddy!

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