Community Comment

THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010, 2:34 A.M.

A bogus announcement at Wal-Mart…

Good morning, Netizens...

You are vapidly cruising down the aisles of Wal-Mart doing a little shopping when an authoritative voice echoes over the public address system that states, "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now."

An unknown man used the public-address system at the Route 42 store in Washington Township New Jersey Sunday night to make that announcement, and nobody in store management seems to have an inkling how the event took place.

Washington Township police and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime. A bias crime? That sounds to me more like a hate crime, but I could be wrong.

To be more equitable about it, rather than issue the various apologies and disclaimers that everyone at the Wal-Mart store have issued since this ugly event took place, I believe the store should issue a statement over the same public address system that says, “Attention Wal-Mart customers: All white people leave the store now.”

At least Wal-Mart's apparent bigotry would be more on an equal plane. I'll admit it wouldn't solve the problem, but it would be an interesting first step.


You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Community Comment

Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.