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Mar 18 2010, 11:50 PM (Post #1)
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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A Walmart store announcement ordering black people to leave brought chagrin and apologies Wednesday from leaders of the company, which has built a fragile trust among minority communities.

A male voice came over the public-address system Sunday evening at a store in Washington Township, in southern New Jersey, and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."

Shoppers in the store at the time said a manager quickly got on the public-address system and apologized for the remark. And while it was unclear whether a rogue patron or an employee was responsible for the comment, many customers expressed their anger to store management.

"I want to know why such statements are being made, because it flies in the face of what we teach our children about tolerance for all," said Sheila Ellington, who was in the store at the time with a friend. "If this was meant to be a prank, there's only one person laughing, and it's not either one of us."

Ellington, of Monroe, and her friend Patricia Covington said they plan to boycott the retailer until they're assured the issue has been addressed so it doesn't happen again.

The pair said they were stunned when they heard the announcement and initially believed they had misheard it. But once the words sank in, they grew angry.

"I depended on Walmart for all my needs, because the store has pretty much everything you could want," Covington said. "But until this issue is addressed in a way I'm comfortable with, I can't walk through those doors again."

Officials with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., said that the announcement was "unacceptable" and that they're trying to determine who made it and how it happened.

"We are just as appalled by this incident as our customers," the company said in a statement. "Whoever did this is just wrong and acted in an inappropriate manner. Clearly, this is completely unacceptable to us and to our customers."

This is not the first time the retailer has faced such problems.

There have been several past instances of black customers claiming they were treated unfairly at Walmart stores, and the company faced lawsuits alleging that women were passed over in favor of men for pay raises and promotions.

In February 2009, the retailer paid $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its hiring of truck drivers.

And the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company in May 2009, claiming some Hispanic employees at a Sam's Club subsidiary in California were subjected to a hostile work environment. That suit alleges managers failed to stop repeated verbal harassment, including the use of derogatory words, against employees of Mexican descent.

However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has said the company has worked hard in recent years to show it cares about diversity.

Bill Mitchell, a former Walmart employee who was shopping Wednesday at the store, said that he was saddened to hear about the announcement but that "as a black man, I've heard worse things."

As customer Sharon Osbourne, of Williamstown, left the store Wednesday, she called the announcement "appalling, stupid and sad."


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Black-people...619349.html?x=0
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Mar 19 2010, 02:53 AM (Post #2)
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Hmm...what's the point here? That Wal Mart's official policy is to order blacks out of the store?

It's obviously just a prank, either some low-level employee or someone walking by one of those phones. My cousin used to get on them all the time and say ridiculous things.
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Mar 19 2010, 03:41 PM (Post #3)
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Just proof that people will get worked up over nothing, in the name of "fighting racism", when really, they just like being upset.

I bet, 100%, all the people offended know it was one jack ass who played a prank, and has nothing to do with wal-mart. They are starting crap with wal-mart because that's a target they can attack, that one guy, who is actually at fault, is unreachable.

So, we have some asians on here, does your race get overly offended by the least little things, and blow it out of proportion instantly, or is that just black people?
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Mar 19 2010, 04:18 PM (Post #4)
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They know who i am? Walmart's power is far reaching O_O

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there's only one person laughing, and it's not either one of us."
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Mar 19 2010, 09:25 PM (Post #5)
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QUOTE (Jumpin' Jodi Gajadar @ Mar 18 2010, 09:53 PM)
Hmm...what's the point here? That Wal Mart's official policy is to order blacks out of the store?

It's obviously just a prank, either some low-level employee or someone walking by one of those phones. My cousin used to get on them all the time and say ridiculous things.
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QUOTE (Magic Man @ Mar 19 2010, 10:41 AM)
Just proof that people will get worked up over nothing, in the name of "fighting racism", when really, they just like being upset.

I bet, 100%, all the people offended know it was one jack ass who played a prank, and has nothing to do with wal-mart.  They are starting crap with wal-mart because that's a target they can attack, that one guy, who is actually at fault, is unreachable. 

So, we have some asians on here, does your race get overly offended by the least little things, and blow it out of proportion instantly, or is that just black people?
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Basically how I was going to answer. I posted this because because I found it funny, the prank itself, but more so how people seem to have reacted to it, which in itself ends up reinforcing the black stereotype (like they needed the NAACP to comment on this).
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Mar 20 2010, 02:01 AM (Post #6)
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The prank is great ssmile.gif I agree.
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Mar 20 2010, 09:58 PM (Post #7)
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Mar 21 2010, 08:32 PM (Post #8)
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It turned out to be a 16 year old kid. Surprise.
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Mar 22 2010, 09:48 PM (Post #9)
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"The police would not disclose any details about the suspect, including his race."

hah.
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Mar 23 2010, 05:01 AM (Post #10)
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I've heard this on the news in relation to the tea parties. If this is the best they can come up with—a prank which has nothing to do with politics or tea parties—then they really have nothing on the tea parties. Right?
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Mar 23 2010, 08:30 AM (Post #11)
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QUOTE (Jumpin' Jodi Gajadar @ Mar 23 2010, 12:01 AM)
I've heard this on the news in relation to the tea parties. If this is the best they can come up with—a prank which has nothing to do with politics or tea parties—then they really have nothing on the tea parties. Right?
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Oh, everyone knows that the tea party is just a guise for people who want to bring guns to town hall meetings so they can shoot the president, since he's black and all.

Was it by any chance msnbc where you heard this?
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