Wal-Mart Image-Builder Celebrates Racism Week

Wal-Mart's very own paid Civil Rights Leader/apologist Andrew Young abruptly resigned from his position yesterday after giving an interview in which he said his employer was good for the urban working class. Which is basically what he was being paid to say, except for the extra bit he added about the folks who aren't so good:

Jewish, Arab and Korean shop owners had "ripped off" urban communities for years, "selling us stale bread, and bad meat and wilted vegetables."

We, personally, have loved our various corner store, deli, and bodega owners, be they stingy Jews, inscrutable Koreans, or freedom-hating Arabs. But we subsist entirely on beer and cigarettes; and we're white, so if they saw us make a feint for the produce, they'd probably bring out the good stuff.

Still, this was a colossal misstep, made all the more hilarious by this sentence:

Mr. Young, 74, a former mayor of Atlanta and a former United States representative to the United Nations, apologized for the comments and retracted them in an interview last night.

Clearly the best American UN rep ever. The Birchers and neo-cons think some tantrum-prone mustachioed pussy like Bolton's gonna destroy World Government? Clearly, they shoulda just stuck with Andrew Young -- did he get all Do the Right Thing every time he addressed the assembly? "Every single one of you guys rips off the black man every chance you get. Just for that, I'm vetoing this Security Council resolution. Didn't even read it. Fuck you, Luxembourg."

(As a former urban mayor and advocate for the working poor, we're guessing Young knew exactly what he was doing, and just decided to take Wal-Mart down from the inside -- it's just sad that he didn't have time to get to the queers and Mexicans.)

Wal-Mart Image-Builder Resigns [NYT]


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