Friday, August 18, 2006

Andy Abandons Principles

Civil rights leader Andrew Young, who was hired by Wal-Mart to improve its public image, resigned from that post last night after telling an African-American newspaper that Jewish, Arab and Korean shop owners had “ripped off” urban communities for years, “selling us stale bread, and bad meat and wilted vegetables.”

In the interview, published yesterday in The Los Angeles Sentinel, a weekly, Mr. Young said that Wal-Mart “should” displace mom-and-pop stores in urban neighborhoods.

“You see those are the people who have been overcharging us,” he said of the owners of the small stores, “and they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they’ve ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it’s Arabs.”

LSB: Hey, Andy - "the Jews, then the Koreans and now the Arabs" rented high dollar spaces in inner city locations that Wal-Mart abandoned for the suburbs; these businesses purchased expensive insurance to protect themselves in the neighborhoods Wal-Mart did not deem suitable for their business; and other "big businesses" sold them that stale bread, bad meat and wilted vegetables, as they were independent and didn't have the buying power of - oh, I don't know - Wal-Mart. (Besides, when was the last time you were in a Wal-Mart and checked out their veggies. Wal-Mart holds on to their produce long after if should be discarded. Nasty!) So much for the principles you learned from MLK, Jr. I guess racism doesn't exist exclusively among older, white, male Republicans any more.

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