You see, among Ulukaya's philanthropic efforts -- which include a pledge to donate at least half of his wealth to charity -- is a charity he founded that helps refugees living in America start new lives. In addition, one of his own yogurt plants in Idaho has a workforce that's roughly 30 percent refugees and, to a very special group of people, there's nothing more horrifying than new Americans with a different skin color having a decent job.
So Ulukaya found himself the subject of headlines like "American Yogurt Tycoon Vows To Choke U.S. With Muslims," which we guess is supposed to be scaremongering even though it's hard to strike fear into someone's heart with the words "Yogurt Tycoon Vows." Other "news" sites have falsely accused Ulukaya of calling for American businesses to lead an "Islamic surge," tried to tie his refugee employees to unrelated rape cases, accused Ulukaya of exploiting cheap foreign labor instead of hiring Americans, and blamed Idaho's new yogurt plant for a freaking tuberculosis outbreak.
Breitbart"Spiked 500 percent" means six cases in a year instead of one, and the weird sentence structure means that the two events were completely unrelated.
But there's no cruel labor exploitation here -- all of Ulukaya's employees make above minimum wage and have benefits that include paid paternal leave, and Idaho is a top destination for refugees because it has a low unemployment rate, so they can bring new jobs to the state instead of snatching existing ones. In fact, every Chobani employee was recently given shares in the company based on the length of their tenure, making the oldest employees millionaires overnight.
Ulukaya's reward for assuming that the average person would rather help make yogurt than starve to death or get shot at has been anger, boycotts, and threats. Ulukaya's billions of dollars probably provide ample comfort in this time of need but, just in case, he continues to donate to charity and has promised to help teach other businesses how to successfully integrate refugees into their workforce.
JB Jakubek via Inc "Step 1: Don't be a douche. End of lesson."
The head of Human Rights Watch called him "the xenophobe's nightmare," and a professor of agricultural economics argued that all the complaining has probably done more to help his brand and sales than hurt them. But perhaps the best argument in Ulukaya's favor is that refugees from a variety of countries like Myanmar and Afghanistan had been working happily and peacefully in his business for years before the internet's giant wheel of things to randomly start hating landed on freaking yogurt.
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