riddler78 saidI guess it's not racist because he's Black. Sounds like this is a man who would quite enjoy the company of Zimbabwe's Mugabe.
Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry referred to “dirty” Asian-owned businesses after winning the city’s Council Ward 8 primary, demanding that “they ought to go,” according to a report.
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said on Tuesday night, according to video posted by WRC-TV/NBC4. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
Lemme guess, Marion -- another B set you up, right?
That anybody would even give this Grade A jerk the courtesy of a microphone, given his tired history, is bad enough. That he, a literal self-parody and notorious stand-up comedy punchline, would be even ELECTED to anything like dogcatcher or higher is even worse.
I'm safely going to say, African-American businesses in traditionally African-American neighborhoods =/= clean shops. One does NOT necessarily mean the other. The ability to run clean, legal, and respectful enterprises has not one thing to do with race, and race-baiting clowns like Barry know this. In reality, we have problems with (no adjectives) businesses that can be rectified by demanding the City keep businesses up to code consistently regardless of geography, NOT by trying to cockblock (adjective).
Our collective, multi-racial, failure to train and foster young businesspersons with creative, competitive business models that respect and value the communities in which they are sited, whether we live there or not, is not an issue that can be laid at the feet of any one race.
We need our older leaders of all races, in particular, to be the grown-ups in the room, not the crazy bigots we have to send to their room. Here in Atlanta, Andy Young had to learn this lesson hard, just six years ago:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14406528/ns/business-us_business/t/andrew-young-resigns-wal-mart-group/#.T5U9urPOUsE
APIn the Sentinel interview, Young was asked about whether he was concerned Wal-Mart causes smaller, mom-and-pop stores to close.
"Well, I think they should; they ran the `mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood," the paper quoted Young as saying. "But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. 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; very few black people own these stores."
Young, who has apologized for the remarks, said he decided to end his involvement with Working Families for Wal-Mart after he started getting calls about the story.
We push small businesses of all stripes out of our communities, then stick out our necks not for more "clean" businesses, not for more businesses owned by residential representatives of our neighborhoods, but for WAL-MART, for goodness sakes.
HuffPoAndrew Young's reputation as a "civil rights pioneer" had crashed and burned in what one newspaper called a "spectacular setback" for Wal-Mart's PR effort.
The meteoric nosedive of Andrew Young came in one embarrassing quote the former Atlanta Mayor made during an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel. When asked if he was concerned about Wal-Mart causing smaller, mom and pop stores to close, Young replied, ""Well, I think they should; they ran the 'mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood. But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. 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; very few black people own these stores."
It didn't take long for two events to follow: 1) a contrite apology from Young, and 2) an immediate divorce by Wal-Mart from any connection to Andrew Young. The former Ambassador issued an apology to the media: "I apologize for those comments. I retract those comments. And I ask for the forgiveness of those I have offended." Young added that his remarks about Jews, Koreans and Arabs "in no way reflect on Wal-Mart's record, progress or role as a diverse employer and community citizen."
Wal-Mart's PR creation, the Working Families For Wal-Mart, promptly exited from the stage. The group put the following statement on its website: "Working Families for Wal-Mart is saddened by the resignation of Ambassador Andrew Young as chairman of our national steering committee. We do not condone or support the insensitive statements he recently made, but appreciate his sincere apology. We are hopeful that history will remember the many contributions he has made to the civil rights movement and his tireless efforts on behalf of working families. Our organization consists of over 140,000 members across the country. We have several local advisory boards made up of community leaders and activists committed to our cause. We all believe that Wal-Mart makes significant contributions to America's working families. Our organization will continue to grow and make a difference in this national debate."
The Anti-Defamation League responded quickly as well. "Andrew Young's comments that Jewish, Korean and Arab shopkeepers "ripped off" African-American communities...were offensive, hurtful and shameful," the ADL noted. "That a leader of the civil rights movement and one who knew discrimination firsthand would make such comments, demonstrates that even people of color are not immune from being bigoted, racist and anti-Semitic."
It wouldn't surprise me to find Barry schilling for big-box ca$h very soon, if not already, in these neighborhoods where he's so allegedly concerned about black enterprise.