Paul Kersey has a new post up on SBPDL.com about the implicit whiteness of Chick-fil-A restaurants.
After running through all 190+ Chick-fil-A locations in Georgia, he has empirically confirmed that Chick-fil-A only seems to thrive in upscale White Christian middle class enclaves.
Here in Alabama, few things are more obvious than the implicit whiteness of Chick-fil-A restaurants. In a state where black people love fried chicken, I couldn’t think of a single Chick-fil-A restaurant that I had ever seen in a Black Undertow ghetto area, and I am familiar with all of the majority black cities and counties in the Alabama Black Belt.
Paul Kersey writes:
“In reality, Chick-fil-A is company that is entirely wedded to a business model completely reliant on serving communities with strong social capital and a thriving middle-class. Yes, the religious aspect is important, but it is the concept of community (as Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam begrudgingly told us, communities can only thrive when trust and high social capital are present; i.e., a lack of diversity) that is fundamentally at the heart of the Truett Cathy’s enterprise.”
Let’s start with the peculiar geographic distribution of the Chick-fil-A restaurants on my own home turf in Southeast Alabama:
(1) Auburn, AL: 78.05% White
Chick-fil-A has three locations in Auburn which is not surprising given that 86.4 percent of Auburn University students are White and most of them come from the upscale middle class evangelical Christian families that are the foundation of the Chick-fil-A business model:
1627 Opelika Rd Ste 54
Auburn, AL 36830
326 W Magnolia Ave
Auburn, AL 36832
255 Duncan Dr
Auburn, AL 36849
The Chick-fil-A restaurants in Auburn are strategically located on the Auburn campus, at the Village Mall that caters to the Auburn-Opelika metropolitan area, and right on the main drag on East Magnolia Ave where Auburn students live in off campus housing near Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Two of the Chick-fil-A locations – Duncan Drive and East Magnolia – are in Census Track 404 which is 83 percent White. The Village Mall location straddles the Auburn-Opelika border in Census Track 411 which is 57 percent White.
(2) Opelika, AL: 50.6% White
Opelika is Auburn’s blacker and more downscale twin sister. There are more blacks and fewer upscale middle class White Christians here. Normally, we wouldn’t expect to see a Chick-fil-A location in Opelika, but the new TigerTown strip mall has opened up on I-85 in Opelika and this is a key area that attracts the commerce of all the White Auburn students like the Village Mall location.
2052 Tiger Town Pkwy
Opelika, AL 36801
The TigerTown location in Opelika is effectively a fourth Auburn location.
(3) Phenix City, AL: 52.94% White
Chick-fil-A has one location in Phenix City, AL which is a suburb of Columbus, GA:
3711 U.S. Hwy 280
Phenix City, AL 36867
The Phenix City location is strategically located in North Phenix City in Census Track 304 which is 72 percent White. This is the newer and more upscale part of Phenix City where Whites have been forced to move out toward the countryside and rebuild their civilization to escape the Black Undertow.
(4) Dothan, AL: 67.33% White
3418 Ross Clark Cir
Dothan, AL 36303
Chick-fil-A has one location in Dothan on Ross Clark Circle which is the White metropole of Southeast Alabama. This Chick-fil-A restaurant is located in the more ritzy part of Dothan’s commercial district in Census Track 404 which is 82 percent White.
(5) Troy, AL: 55% White
Where else would you expect to find a Chick-fil-A in Southeast Alabama?
Troy State University
214 Adams Ctr
Troy, AL 36082
Of course, you can find the only other Chick-fil-A location in Southeast Alabama in the heart of the Troy University campus, which is the third largest state university system in Alabama. The Troy State University student body is 52 percent White.
There are enough upscale middle class White Christian students in Troy to justify one Chick-fil-A on campus. As we have seen, there are four Chick-fil-A locations in Auburn-Opelika, which is strange considering that Troy has 18,788 undergraduates whereas Auburn has 19,254.
The difference being that Auburn students are more White, more upscale, and more middle class, and have more money than Troy students, which always means more Chick-fil-A restaurants.
(6) Montgomery, AL: 37.3% White
After Southeast Alabama, the next area that I am most familiar with is Central Alabama, and 37.3% White Montgomery boasts an impressive list of five Chick-fil-A locations:
915 Ann St
Montgomery, AL 36107
201 Monroe St
Montgomery, AL 36104
2682 Eastern Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36117
1250 Eastdale Mall
Montgomery, AL 36117
6921 Eastchase Loop
Montgomery, AL 36117
As we saw in Phenix City, the overall demographics of a city can be misleading, as the Chick-fil-A restaurants are never found in the Black Undertow areas, but are always found in suburban sprawl areas where upscale middle class White Christians have relocated to rebuild their civilization.
The Eastchase Chick-fil-A is located in the brand new Eastchase outdoor mall off Taylor Road in Census Track 5406 which is 82 percent White. The Eastdale Chick-fil-A location is still in Eastdale Mall – in Census Track 5402 which is 39 percent White – which until recently was “the White mall” in East Montgomery before the new outdoor Eastchase mall opened up to deter loitering by the Black Undertow.
The Montgomery-Promenade Chick-fil-A is located at the intersection of Vaughn Road and Eastern Boulevard. Until recently, this was also a very upscale middle class White Christian area, but the Black Undertow has expanded out of West Montgomery over the last ten years, and the demographics of Census Track 3302 have changed to 47 percent White/47 percent black, which is reflected in the flight of businesses in that shopping center and the encroachment of dollar stores from the west side of town.
The RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery on Monroe Street is a 22 story building that boasts its own Chick-fil-A location. There are plenty of White Christian customers among its tenants. The Ann Street location near downtown Montgomery caters to the 88 percent of Whites in Census Track 3301, the 85 percent of Whites in Census Track 17, and the 47 percent of Whites in Census Track 16.
(7) Prattville, AL: 83.09% White
Prattville has one Chick-fil-A location:
1967 Cobbs Ford Rd
Prattville, AL 36066
The Prattville-Millbrook area in Autauga County and Elmore County on the other side of the Alabama River are White suburbs where White Montgomery has been fleeing to escape the Black Undertow. So naturally, Chick-fil-A has opened a location in Prattville like it has opened a location in Eastchase where Whites are also retreating further into Montgomery County.
Whites are rebuilding Montgomery there because the immutable laws of The Visible Black Hand of Economics are steadily transforming East Montgomery into West Montgomery complete with the all standard features of a Black Undertow ghetto economy like innumerable abandoned shopping malls, depreciated homes, dollar stores, title pawn stores, hair and nail salons, beauty supply stores, car washes and cash advance stores.
(7) Daphne, AL: 85.33% White
1682 Us Highway 98
Daphne, AL 36526
Foley, AL: 74.49% White
3013 S Mckenzie St
Foley, AL 36535
Spanish Fort, AL: 93.64% White
30500 SR 181 Suite B
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
For some strange reason, there are three Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Mobile suburbs in Baldwin County, AL which is 85.7% White. Could it be because Mobile is also being rebuilt in the Whitopias of Baldwin County by upscale middle class White Christians who are trying to escape the violent crime, dysfunctional schools, and collapsing property values caused by the Black Undertow?
(8) Mobile, AL: 48.2% White
Mobile has four Chick-fil-A restaurants:
435 Schillinger Rd S
Mobile, AL 36695
University of South Alabama
350 Campus Dr
Mobile, AL 36688
Bell Air Mall
3215c Bel Air Mall
Mobile, AL 36606
3244 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL 36606
Naturally, there is a Chick-fil-A on the 64 percent White campus of the University of South Alabama, and we can also find Chick-fil-A in the Bell Air Mall where upscale middle class White Christians would be shopping.
The Chick-fil-A on Dauphin Street off I-65 caters to the 88 percent of Whites who live in Census Track 3302, Census Track 3301, and the 59 percent of Whites in Census Track 28. The Chick-fil-A on Schillinger Road caters to the surrounding census tracks which range from 60% White to 82% White.
There are no Chick-fil-A restaurants in Southwest Alabama outside of Mobile County and Baldwin County.
If you are looking for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in South Alabama, you will only find them in areas that are whiter than average, more upscale than average, more middle class than average, more evangelical Christian than average, and more Republican than average. You literally won’t find them anywhere else.
OD celebrates White Man’s Chicken Day by observing that black people love fried chicken, but for some reason Chick-fil-A doesn’t love black communities. Eat mor chikin!