It's become impossible to ignore how the current political climate in the United States has engendered a rise in mainstream hate speech—especially when it comes to the xenophobic vilification of immigrants and refugees entering the country.
Case in point: Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani yogurt, has come under fire from hatemongers after the conservative website Breitbart published a series of stories earlier this year drawing fuzzy links between Chobani opening a factory in Twin Falls, Idaho, and a rise in tuberculosis cases in the region and sexual assault cases in the city. As a result of Breitbart's fearmongering, Shawn Barigar– the mayor of Twin Falls– and Ulukaya found themselves on the receiving end of a consumer boycott, racist epithets, and death threats.
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"Hamdi Ulukaya, the Kurdish entrepreneur, born in Turkey, who founded and is the majority owner of Chobani yogurt, has publicly stated that 30 percent of his company's 2,000 employees are refugees," writes Breitbart's Michael Patrick Leahy, going on to draw a connection between immigration to Twin Falls and its growing rate of TB diagnoses.