Where Should I Be Shopping?

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    Dec 24, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    Recently there has been a lot of flack about Target and Best Buy providing generous support to conservative politicians who would view me as a second class citizen for being gay and for being Black. These politicians feed on agendas that would tend to make my life more difficult than it needs to be. Being a child of the 60s who rode the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement, businesses that don't support or actually work against me and my kind have received very little patronage, if any. I've always had a difficult time living in the South with politically apathetic Blacks and gays while trying to process how economic muscles are never flexed to reel such retailers into check. The appearance is something of a Stockholm Syndrome with folks catering to those who hold them prisoner while draining their pockets.

    Can someone direct me to a source that provides information on where business spend discretionary dollars? Are there other retailers that we should keep in the cross hairs? Thanks for allowing me to rant.
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    Dec 24, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    Try the small, independently owned businesses in your area. You support your local community that way. My bf and I do a lot of shopping at an independent, family owned grocery store in our area. They have only one store and can't quite give the prices you get at someplace like Kroger, but make up for it with great customer service, specialty items, and even offer cooking classes. It is nice to see the money stay in our area.
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    Dec 24, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    Human Rights Campaign http://www.hrc.org/buyersguide2011/
  • FredMG

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    Dec 24, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    I work at REI, and they don't have "spouse" benefits, they're all called "Life Partner" benefits. If treating employees well means something to you then shop there. The biggest problem the company has is finding enough fair trade and recycled fabrics to make stuff out of.

    In general the Outdoor Industry works hard to have it's good produced for a fair wage, in places with decent working conditions.

    But really, try and get your shopping done before the 20th, and you'll be happier and less stressed for it.
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    Dec 24, 2010 6:43 AM GMT
    nabob7729 saidRecently there has been a lot of flack about Target and Best Buy providing generous support to conservative politicians who would view me as a second class citizen for being gay and for being Black. These politicians feed on agendas that would tend to make my life more difficult than it needs to be. Being a child of the 60s who rode the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement, businesses that don't support or actually work against me and my kind have received very little patronage, if any. I've always had a difficult time living in the South with politically apathetic Blacks and gays while trying to process how economic muscles are never flexed to reel such retailers into check. The appearance is something of a Stockholm Syndrome with folks catering to those who hold them prisoner while draining their pockets.

    Can someone direct me to a source that provides information on where business spend discretionary dollars? Are there other retailers that we should keep in the cross hairs? Thanks for allowing me to rant.


    You really think think they are supporting a party because of their views on gay marriage or because they are racist (really, come on dude)? They are a business. They are going to support who they think will give them the brighter future business wise. They don't give a damn about you. They just care that they are making money, just like every other business.

    But you have every right not to shop there.