Attention Wal-Mart Customers: Is There a Pattern Here?

by
Abby Zimet

Sheila Ellington and friend Patricia Covington

The
recent bogus racist announcement at a New Jersey Wal-Mart for "all
black people (to) leave the store now" has prompted an intriguing array
of responses. Wal-Mart called the incident "inappropriate" and said it
will limit
access to their public phones. Former employee Bill Mitchell
blithely told reporters, "As a black man, I've heard worse things."
Many customers expressed outrage. Still, it remains to be seen if this
latest incident in a less-than-stellar record of race relations will keep people from their shoddy door.

Sheila Ellington, shopping 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."

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