Monday, August 03, 2009

"Progressive" White Elites and Organized Labor Are Keeping Poor, Blacks "Locked Up On the Plantation"

If there’s ever an illustration of how “progressive” elites and organized labor are keeping the very people they supposedly care about locked up on the plantation, it’s their consuming opposition to a new Wal-Mart store on the South Side (of Chicago).

The impoverished, unemployed, blacks, seniors, teens—they’ve all been getting a good frigging by the organized campaign by white liberals and powerful unions to block the construction of only the city’s second Wal-Mart, at 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue.

The rousing success of the city’s first Wal-Mart at 4650 W North Ave. providing jobs and shopping for a West Side neighborhood in great need of them hasn’t dissuaded the elites in the least from blocking something that people want and need. More evidence of progressive, white elitism behind the opposition is provided by a new survey conducted for the retailer that found that 76.7% of the 75,347 city residents surveyed want the new store.

Progressives will portray themselves as guardians of those pleading for the Wal-Mart. Progressives say they are only are trying to “protect” those poor people from low wages, insufficient benefits and part-time work. Progressives have decided that for “those people” no jobs are better than jobs that they want and need. Progressives will cite their opposition to Wal-Mart as evidence of their compassion and, well, progressiveness.

It’s all too condescending and patronizing. It all sounds too much like racists who once said they know what’s “best for our colored.” It’s beyond shameful.


From "
Progressives Declare -No Jobs- are Good Enough For South-Side Residents" in the Chicago Daily Observer


10 Comments:

At 8/04/2009 12:31 AM, Blogger B-Daddy said...

This is typical of left wing hatred of those they supposedly champion. Affirmative action hurts blacks by planting seeds of doubt about the actual ability of the person receiving the action, exacerbating racism. Welfare keeps the poor dependent on the state and African-Americans are disproportionately represented. Teachers unions' death grip on the schools are preventing much needed reform and the worst schools are full of African-Americans in Los Angeles Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. Wal-Mart saves all of its customers billions of year through low prices, which especially helps the poor, and they are vilified for it. Left wing hypocrisy never ceases to astound me.

 
At 8/04/2009 6:45 AM, Blogger fusion said...

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At 8/04/2009 7:37 AM, Blogger 1 said...

This is an interesting single facet of the Chicago problem, the politicos both in Cook county and Chicago are taxing the citizens to the point where both entities may end up being inconsequential...

In January of this year the blog site Chicago Freedom Forum had the following post: Voting With Their Feet...

"Between 2000 and 2005, Cook County lost more people than any county in the nation. In 2007 Chicago lost a staggering 5.5% of its population"...

Mind you, most of these people leaving are the productive people...

 
At 8/04/2009 7:46 AM, Anonymous Rand said...

To 1:

Will Chicago become the next Detroit?

 
At 8/04/2009 8:07 AM, Anonymous John said...

"Will Chicago become the next Detroit?"

If the unions remain a powerful force in Chicago's city government, yes.

It's amazing that more people don't see the racism and the elitism that characterizes much of the Democratic leadership.

 
At 8/04/2009 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democrats in Chicago have blocked construction of a third airport for over 20 years because they won't control the jobs. They are anti-jobs unless they are govenment jobs they can control. This is the Chicago way. Watch as Obama expands the Washington bureaucracy. More bureaucrats, more control....

 
At 8/04/2009 8:54 AM, Blogger 1 said...

I agree with John, between the politicos and the unions they pander to Chicago is working hard as heck to become another Detroit...

Let me give an example that many of you might not like...

The smoking ban...

First it was Chicago, then it was Cook county, and finally the state fell under the sway of the anti-smoking nazis...

So what was lost besides the smoke?

Taxes, millions and millions of dollars in taxes...

I live in St. Louis county now and there's casinos on both sides of the Mississippi river...

Guess which casinos have more business?

One can see the samething happening on the Illinois/Indiana border too...

Look at what Illinois collected in 2004 (pre-ban) and what they're missing in their budget today...

This is just one facet of the state, county, and city's collective problem...

Look at what else Illinois charges for gas, booze, beer, and sales tax...

So yeah, people are voting with their feet...

 
At 8/04/2009 1:52 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Not exactly the best wording to use, but it's SOP for Bentonville's PR.


B-Daddy said...

It does not absolve them of any sin committed in the process. The elites of Bentonville should have learned that. Eventually they will, but they'll have too many citizens against them for it to matter.

Hopefully I live to see that day.

 
At 8/04/2009 4:39 PM, Blogger QT said...

White elites? Don't believe everything you read!

How about an informative sampling from the black elites on this issue?

William Lucy

Jesse Jackson on Koolaide and cyanide

Slaves had jobs too

A small excerpt from the last link:
It's encouraging in more than local way, then, to learn that Wal-Mart's racially calculated thrust into Chicago has sparked significant resistance from a dynamic coalition of labor and civil rights activists. You wouldn't know it from yesterday's front-page Tribune story on Wal-Mart's "Grassroots Campaign to Crack Chicago" (better understood as a corporate campaign to crack Chicago wage and benefit levels), but the recently formed Chicago Alliance for Justice at Wal-Mart has won endorsement from numerous local black leaders. Supporters include Reverend Jesse Jackson, who has denounced the "desperation and ghettonomics" - he might have added corruption - that leads some black Chicagoans to embrace what Jakcson calls "the Wal-Martization of our economy." Other Alliance supporters include Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (who has written a letter to Chicago alderman urging them to oppose the re-zoning that Wal-Mart seeks), Congressman Danny K. Davis, the noted white anti-racist Catholic priest Michael Pflegger, and Reverend Addie Wyatt (the onetime first female local president of the legendarily anti-racist CIO packinghouse union).

Pastors at nine black Chicago churches, including Trinity United Church of Christ (8,500 members) have endorsed a boycott of Wal-Mart. State Representative Mary Flowers is on record saying that "I'm for jobs in this community, but I have an insult level. People need a livable wage. As an African-American woman, I once worked for $1 an hour. I'm not talking about what I don't know" (quoted in "Wal-Mart Threat Fuels New Urban Politics," Black Commentator, May 21, 2004, available online at http://www. blackcommentator.com/91/91_ cover_ cities_pf.html).

As William Lucy, President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists notes, "slaves technically had jobs too." And according to Jeremiah Wright, the influential minister at Trinity, "whenever price means more to you than principle, you have defined yourself as a prostitute" (Mihalopolous, "Nobody Neutral").


While many labour organizations have come out against the South Side Walmart, the element of the story that is seldom mentioned is the schizm between black civil rights activists/trade unionists and the local populace. Two recent letters to the editor in the Sun Times (5/18 and 5/12) and a lengthy article in the New York Times (5/6) have made this point, but the reporting continues to pitch this as a battle between unions and the community. The Chicago Tribune in particular has not printed anything refuting this misleading representation.

Always interesting to look beyond the soundbytes.

 
At 8/05/2009 2:33 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

QT, I found your third link (slaves) incredible. I'm simply confounded by how he can compare GM to Wal-Mart with GM coming out on top.

I think the business that has to declare bankruptcy loses.

The thing about politicians, and this guy in particular is that they assume that they know better than everybody else. "Well I'm sorry you 73% of Chicagoans. You SHOULDN'T want Wal-Mart in your neighborhood. You just don't know what's good for you."

Why do they want to impose these restrictions on Wal-Mart, when I'd bet most of the little shops around the neighborhood don't pay "living" wages, and I doubt all to hell if they have any health care at all.

 

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