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Former Atlanta Mayor Quits Wal-Mart Over Supposedly "Racist" Remarks He Made.

Young Quits Wal-Mart Over Remarks

By BERNARD McGHEE
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Civil rights leader Andrew Young, who was hired to help Wal-Mart Stores Inc. improve its public image, said early Friday he was stepping down from his position as head of an outside support group amid criticism for remarks seen as racially offensive.

Young, a former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador, was hired by Working Families for Wal-Mart in February.

"I think I was on the verge of becoming part of the controversy, and I didn't want to become a distraction from the main issues, so I thought I ought to step down," Young told The Associated Press.

Young, once a close associate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said his decision to step down followed a report in the weekly Los Angeles Sentinel, which he said was misread and misinterpreted.

In 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.

"Things that are matter-of-fact in Atlanta, in the New York and Los Angeles environment tend to be a lot more volatile," he said.

He also said working with the group "was also taking more of my time than I thought."

Reading from a statement, Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley said Friday that the company supported Young's decision to resign and that Young's comments do not reflect Wal-Mart's views.

"We are appalled by those comments," Simley said. "We are also dismayed that they would come from someone who has worked so hard for so many years for equal rights in this country."

Simley declined to comment on how the situation might affect Working Families for Wal-Mart.

The remarks surprised Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, who pointed to Young's reputation of civil rights work.

"If anyone should know that these are the words of bigotry, anti-Semitism and prejudice, it's him," Hier said. "I know he apologized, but I would say this, ... during his years as a leader of the national civil rights movement, if anyone would utter remarks like this about African-Americans his voice would be the first to rise in indignation."

Young came under fire from the civil rights community after his company, GoodWorks International, was hired by Working Families for Wal-Mart to promote the world's largest retailer. Young's company, which he has headed since 1997, works with corporations and governments to foster economic development in Africa and the Caribbean.

In an April letter to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, Young said it was wrong for the church and others to blame Wal-Mart for world ills.

"I think we may have erred in not paying enough attention to the potentially positive role of business and the corporate multinational community in seeking solutions to the problems of the poor," Young wrote at that time.

Associated Press Writer Jeremiah Marquez in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

http://www.wxia.com/news/news_articl...?storyid=83516

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Uh, not exactly politically correct.
Yeah, I guess that could be construed as racist,
w/o much effort.

I'm sure they won't miss his presence at this group.


But, this story will never make as many national
headlines as what Allen said recently. Like the
Biden remarks, it will disappear quickly.

Andrew Young will get a good solid pass on this from
the media, just like Jesse Jackson and Sharpton and
Biden and Byrd and others have gotten time after
time.


He's a decent guy, his record should speak for
itself. He misspoke, or spoke out of haste.


Honestly, don't shop at Walmart if you don't like it.
It is not the cause of all evils, it creates jobs, creates
chances, and when someone beats the prices, they'll
beat Walmart.

Personally, I prefer Target, our Walmart is just too
crowded for my tastes most of the time. But, nice to
know it is there.

Give people choices in stores, serve them well, make it
clean and friendly, and easy to get in and out of, and
they'll beat Walmart.

Memo, you are not supposed to work at Walmart forever or
fulltime in most cases. It is an extra job, entry back into
the workforce job, a first job, or a job for a senior or high
school person. Few will make a career there, nor should
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Not the words I would have chosen.


But what he said is true...very few black folks own those businesses.

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That loud noise you may have heard was Martin and Coretta rolling over in their graves.....
They are probably crying, but because of what he said.

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But what he said is true...very few black folks own those businesses.
Yes, but you can say the right thing the wrong way, which Rev. Young clearly did in this case.

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Yes, but you can say the right thing the wrong way, which Rev. Young clearly did in this case.
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They are probably crying, but because of what he said.
Per my previous post, it's not what Rev. Young said, but how he said it. If he had just left it at this.....
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"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."
.....he would have been OK.

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Young Quits Wal-Mart Over Remarks

By BERNARD McGHEE
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ATLANTA (AP) ....

Young, a former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador, was hired by Working Families for Wal-Mart in February.

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Maybe Wal-Mart could errr, pay their own workers enough to support their families?
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Yeah, it seems like Wal-Mart should be more concerned about devising a solidl health care plans for the people who work there 60-80 hours a week.

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he fucked up and he paid the price.

what the hell is "working families for walmart" that doesnt sound very good either.

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In 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.
He is speaking the truth in regards to the low quality products sold by the mom and pop stores in urban areas. Not only do they sell old meat, bread, and rotten vegetables, but worst of all they sell zig zags, tobacco sticks(used for blunts) and alchohol.

Back in the day I wen't to one of these stores in hopes of getting some fruit and I saw a big roach crawling on the grapes . When I confronted the owner about the disgusting conditions of the store he looked at me as if I was crazy. It was quite obvious that he didn't give a damn about the roach which made me sick to my stomach.

You'd be suprised how many people with limited mobility or access to a vehicle depend of these mom and pop stores. The sad fact is they don't realize the stuff they are buying is pretty much filthy.

It's no secret that most of these stores are owned and operated by Arabs and Asians. However, for a civil rights leader to make such a inflammatory statement to the public while working to improve the image of Walmart is hypocritical. I think context is very important, hopefully someone could address the problem with these liquor and convience stores in urban areas.
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