It wasn’t me

I would have said, “Attention all shoppers:  Please stop shopping at Wal-Mart.”

An announcement at a Walmart store in New Jersey ordering black people to leave brought chagrin and apologies Wednesday from leaders of the company, which has built a fragile trust among minority communities.A male voice came over the public-address system Sunday evening at a store in Washington Township in southern New Jersey and calmly announced: “Attention Walmart customers: All black people leave the store now.”


Update March 20, 2010:  A 16-year-old has been charged.


4 thoughts on “It wasn’t me

  1. I dearly hope there’s a follow-up where they CAUGHT the person who made this statement and fired him/her.

  2. I guess I’m just not that surprised. It’s Wal-Mart. What do you expect from a store that has unethical business practices and exploits cheap labor from overseas to pass those “discounts” onto Americans just itching for a deal at any cost?

  3. Unfortunately, it’s not really that some companies practice and continue to benefit from racism while companies constructed as “ethical” do not. It seems companies or organizations are often hidden behind “ethical” frameworks, such as PETA or some of the widely publicized green movements. For example, the constructed ‘goodness’ of many green movements is there or assumed to be there when viewed from a certain angle, a certain position (a position of privilege) that continues to benefit from environmental racism.

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