The roots of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s activism lie in rural Alabama

“Robertsdale, Alabama. There are few clues that this is the home town of Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the place where his ‘most improbable journey’ began and where he forged the beliefs that today put him at the center of a national debate over privacy,” Todd C. Frankel reports for The Washington Post. “His name is not noted on the town’s welcome signs along the main drag, Route 59. There’s nothing in the local chamber’s brochures, and the local paper rarely has anything about him. His old high school keeps a glass case celebrating former NFL running back Joe Childress, Class of 1952, but not the leader of the world’s most valuable company, Class of 1978.”

“Walking around the town and talking with residents, it can feel as if Cook is a forgotten favorite son,” Frankel reports. “‘I kinda wonder about that sometimes, I really do,’ said Rick Ousley, a former classmate who recalls Cook fondly and now runs a computer repair shop in town.”

“Cook never sought out attention and many here are quietly proud of him, but Ousley suspects the lack of recognition is also tied to Cook’s prominent positions on sensitive social issues. Cook, who is gay, has advocated for gay rights. He once criticized Alabama for its lack of progress in a speech at the state capitol in Montgomery. He also helped fund a gay rights initiative in the Deep South,” Frankel reports. “‘That was offensive to a lot of people down here,’ Ousley said. One local pastor even vowed to stop using his iPad because of the Apple leader’s views.”

“At the local high school, there is one sign that appears to connect Robertsdale with Cook. Every student there has a MacBook laptop. The familiar Apple logo is visible throughout the halls. The laptops were bought a few years ago by the county school system. But last month the school board voted to move in a new direction. This fall, every student will be assigned a Lenovo Chromebook instead,” Frankel reports. “It’s nothing personal. The Chromebooks were just cheaper.”

Tons more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the power of the initial price tag trumps everything among people with a certain mindset, it seems. Even if it means shortchanging your children, the almighty dollar wins. It’s a good thing not everyone is so shortsighted. Looks like Robertsdale High School won’t be graduating any more Fortune 500 CEOs anytime soon.

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  1. Cook, like the others part of the insane Left, should understand disassociation with something of which yo disapprove is a two-way street.

    Cook should leave and become a social justice warrior, where like all ‘socialists’ – just a pretty name for communism the way ‘gay’ is a facade for homosexual – he can make people think and behave as he commands.

    Fact: Hitler was a socialist. (Once the Left plays that card, the other side also can.)

    And insane. 💗💓☮💙💛💔💞💖🤓😫😨🤐👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👏🏿

    1. The right – with their current prominent representatives such as Trump, Cruz and Rubia and past reps such as Batshit-Crazy Bachmann and Category 5 Moron Palin – have got no right to call ANYBODY insane.

    2. Fucking liberals – wanting equal rights for everybody! I think they should have the freedom to live the way I think they should live – according to christian sharia law based on an Iron-Age book of fairy stories. My way is the right way.

    3. How exactly did you make he leap from social justice (which seems reasonable to most people) to communism, which exists only in China and a few other corrupt nations. A place that the USA calls a “most favored trading partner” and where Apple proudly does business, I might add.

      Fact: the founding fathers, to a man, all supported socialist ideals. After all, they passed the Continental Army and Hamilton’s bank to fund it. OH GOD, THE USA WAS SOCIALIST FROM THE BEGINNING!!!!

      1. SJWs perverted the Catholic notion of social justice. It’s not about justice for them, it’s about dominance, control and obedience. Your “fact” is ludicrous. Greens are red on this inside, they are too cowardly to be honest about their fetish for power.

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