Celebrating A Wal-Mart Opening? Not That Andrew Young
Yahoo Business has this headline: Young's Wal-Mart PR Job Puzzles Activists.
Civil rights superstar Andrew Young celebrated the opening of a Wal-Mart in a black Atlanta suburb by dancing with workers and "bouncing to the song 'We Are Family'." This has shocked many including Rev. Joseph Lowery, the 74-year old Atlanta-based civil rights leader who recently insulted President Bush at the Coretta Scott King memorial service.
Maybe he knows something that other advocates for economic justice don't. Maybe we will see the corporate giant be born again and become a good corporate citizen.
According to Rev. Lowery, this "good corporate citizenship" entails more than investing significant capital into a large retail operation in a black neighborhood in order to earn a profit while providing goods at affordable prices to the local clientele. And maybe Mr. Young has discovered that the employment opportunities that Wal-Mart gives low-skilled workers is the doorway towards advancement that the civil right movement should be supporting.
This is a very good sign of progress.