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  • Mepark

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    Mar 18, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/03/17/walmart.racial.remark/index.html?section=cnn_latest icon_eek.gif

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    Mar 18, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
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    Mar 18, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidI am surprise that people still shop at wal-mart.


    It's the only store left.
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    Mar 18, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    Just another episode in the never ending saga of "How the Melting Pot Mixes".

    As for Wal-Mart, I stopped going there almost 2 years ago after a very bad customer service experience and seeing a couple of documentaries on their business practises abroad and in the US. I will gladly pay a couple of extra bucks at Target any day.
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    Mar 19, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    As offensive as this event sounds, the existence of Wal-Mart, and pretty much the entire USA economy in its current form, relies heavily on slavery and predatory labor practices in China, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and so on. We stopped Mississippi from burning, but the fire rages on in Shanghai. All we have done is outsourced the racism. Any of the people quoted in the articles as being offended enough by this remark to boycott Wal-Mart should never have been there in the first place.

    We all bear the mark. We all share the shame. These days rural self-sufficiency is probably the only way to avoid supporting politically, humanely, and environmentally irresponsible businesses. But the dominant culture is doing a good job labeling those people as hayseeds and nutjobs. Political bureaucratism, like most religions, will not suffer competition on its home territory, so the body of legislation and code grows annually.

    ATTENTION AMERICAN SHOPPERS: Leave your conscience at the door. There's a blue-light special on Compromised Ethics in Aisle 9.
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    Mar 19, 2010 1:16 AM GMT
    I avoid Walmart because of its gay hostility and anti-labor policies. If I need those kinds of items, I go to Target, which is notably gay-friendly, and has a high HRC rating.

    AT THE SAME TIME, this may well be an isolated incident, of someone gaining unauthorized access to this store's PA system. I see no reason to believe that Walmart, despite all the reasons I won't shop there, is anti-Black and racist. When the dust settles, we may find that this is something that could have occurred in any store, from Target to Neiman Marcus. Let's not jump to unwarranted conclusions.

    (BTW, despite Walmart's corporate hostility to gays, the Walmart Foundation out of Bentonville, AR gives our HIV/AIDS agency here in Florida several thousand dollars each year. If I slam Walmart on the one hand, I feel obliged to mention this as well)
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    Mar 19, 2010 7:09 AM GMT
    Was this a joke or what?

    That's pretty darn offensive.

    I'd feel mortified were I in the store at the time.

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    Mar 20, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    My friends and I used to do this inside Venture stores when we were evil little pre-teen shits, although we never spewed hate, just juvenile humor.

    I still don't have any love for Wal-Mart, haven't been inside of one in months. I usually give Target my money. But, I always ask myself, outside of some minor cosmetic differences both inside the store and with the overall corporate image, is Target any better than Wal-Mart? They may be more charitable, their stores are somewhat more attractive, and their cheap stuff doesn't look quite as cheap. Both retail giants still have the same ugly big-box stores with seas of asphalt adding to the rainwater runoff, growth patterns that contribute to suburban sprawl, cheap imported crap, and union-busting employers that refuse to pay a living wage. Wal-Mart is the stronger of two bullies and gets all the bad press.
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    Mar 20, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    Yeah that was pretty offens ve.


    I haven't shopped @ walmart in yrs