Prime sponsor for Spotlight Lexington has despicable global record
By Ian Epperson
How many times have you heard the phrase, “the World Equestrian Games are coming?” It’s perhaps the single phrase that can sum up the past year in Lexington. Everyone is getting ready for the Games. We’ve fast-tracked the streetscape improvements downtown. Business owners and managers have been attending training sessions to help them cater to international customers. The Herald-Leader churns out several articles a week regarding the WEG. The city is even putting together a festival entirely for the games.
Spotlight Lexington, the city’s festival during the games, has Coca-Cola as one of its primary sponsors. The choice of Coke as the exclusive soft drink and non-alcoholic beverage provider of Spotlight Lexington should be a concern to social and economically conscious Lexingtonians. Coke has willingly turned a blind eye to the violent repression of its unionized workforce in South America. As well, its business model in India includes monopolizing water sources for use in its bottling factories, water sources that communities depend on. The result has been polluted water and poisoned Coke products.