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.