Wal-Mart PR failure

Wal-MartAsked about Wal-Mart’s tendency to drive out small, local businesses, spokesman Andrew Young said that they did, in fact, drive out those businesses, but that those places sold “stale bread,” “bad meat” and “wilted vegetables.” Not so bad, right? But then there’s this gem:

“You see those are the people who have been overcharging us,” he said of the owners of the small stores, “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.”

Young is a distinguished icon of the civil rights movement — he served as UN Ambassador as well as the mayor of Atlanta. He is now a former employee of Wal-Mart; the retail giant said Young’s comments did not reflect their views and Young resigned.

“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,” Young said.
His remarks drew forceful condemnation from Arab, Jewish and Asian leaders.

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman, called the comments “very hurtful.”

“The sad part,” he said, is that “even people of color and even minorities who suffered discrimination and prejudice are not immune from being bigoted and racist and even anti-Semitic.” (Source: NYT)

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  1. sam

    man, i’ll hit this bitch with a shovel