McDonald’s CEO apologizes after uproar over texts about children’s deaths
Fox Business Flash top headlines for November 9
Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com.
McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski apologized last Friday after a text exchange he had with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot about two children killed in shootings emerged that some criticized as racist.
"The parents failed those kids which I know is something you can't say. Even harder to fix," Kempczinski said in the text message, according to WBEZ-TV in Chicago.
Jaslyn Adams, 7, was fatally shot on April 18 while sitting inside a car with her father at a McDonald's drive-thru in the city last April. Adam Toledo, 13, was killed by a Chicago police officer on March 29. He called the deaths "tragic."
Lightfoot didn’t address the comment at the time.
Kempczinski has faced a backlash, including accusations of racism. Adams was Black and Toledo was Latino.
"I have not walked in the shoes of Adam's or Jaslyn's family and so many others who are facing a very different reality," he said in a written apology to employees."Not taking the time to think about this from their viewpoint was wrong."