Friday, August 18, 2006

An Early Christmas

Oh, the joy I receive when bad things happen to bad companies.

Andrew Young, an African-American civil rights leader, was hired by Wal-Mart to improve its public image and perhaps, keep the corporate nun company. Young's job was to, once again, help the obese entity with its tarnished public image.

For six months, Young has been traveling the nation, assuring everyone that WM cares about People Just Like You – as long as you are not Jewish, Arab or Korean, that is. (Insert smug squeal here.)

In an interview yesterday with an African-American newspaper, The Los Angeles Sentinel, Young stated distrust of small neighborhood market owners, you know the ones, those that are disappearing into the tire treads of a certain big box retailer we know? "(They've been) selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables," Young huffed, setting the stage for puffing.

“You see those are the people who have been overcharging us,” he said of the mom-n-pop store owners, “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 its Arabs.”

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! Can we sing carols now???

Here's where Mr. Young, former mayor of Atlanta, gets to learn that being black does not disqualify you from being a bigoted fool. Nor does being a former representative to the United Nations, which Young was in a former life, before the accident.

Anywaaaay (interject sing-songy tone here,) less than an hour later, Young resigned as chairman of Working Families for Wal-Mart, a group created and financed by the company to trumpet its accomplishments. I guess Wal-Mart assumed that just because Young was black, he could play the trumpet …

What? Who said that?


Fang Bastardson said...

Are you making this shit up?? Bigwig from my childhood Andrew Young opining to a clearly visible audience "First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now its Arabs…"?

The people I know, even the ones who privately may think along the same lines, know better than to even whisper this type of crap, even in private. Mel Gibson was drunk (doesn't excuse the sentiment, but it does go a long way to explaining the indiscretion) - what the hell was Young thinking? Didn't he used to work for Carter or be the mayor of Atlanta or something?

And didn't some Republican dude just a few days ago get his dick caught in making some off-the-cuff racially offensive remarks to THE GUY VIDEOTAPING him?

You want to know what's going wrong in this world; just look at the guys running it.

Howard said...

Was it an accident or did he purposely say it in public and then quit. The latter would have been cool!

ClizBiz said...

No, I'm not making this up and yes, it was an accident. Young apologized all over the place, feels ashamed, doesn't know what he was thinking, etc.

Even his defense dug the hole deeper:

"It’s against everything I ever thought in my life,” Mr. Young said. “It never should have been said. I was speaking in the context of Atlanta, and that does not work in New York or Los Angeles."