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Old 08-18-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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Andrew Young Steps Down From Wal-Mart

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ATLANTA -- Civil rights leader Andrew Young, who was hired to help Wal-Mart Stores Inc. improve its public image, said early Friday he was stepping down from his position as head of an outside support group amid criticism for remarks seen as racially offensive.

Young, a former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador, was hired by Working Families for Wal-Mart in February.

"I think I was on the verge of becoming part of the controversy, and I didn't want to become a distraction from the main issues, so I thought I ought to step down," Young told The Associated Press.

Young, once a close associate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said his decision to step down followed a report in the weekly Los Angeles Sentinel, which he said was misread and misinterpreted.

In the Sentinel interview, Young was asked about whether he was concerned Wal-Mart causes smaller, mom-and-pop stores to close.

"Well, I think they should; they ran the `mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood," the paper quoted Young as saying. "But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs; very few black people own these stores."
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What an ass...
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saw this in the paper, too

it is indefensible

and no defense was offered

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Young, in an interview Thursday night from his Atlanta home, expressed regret.

"I understand I've created a whole firestorm out there," Young said. "It's unfortunate and I should not have said it, and I apologize for it. It has not been my experience or my meaning."





Amanda Susskind, regional director for the Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League, said that although she was disturbed by Young's comments, she was relieved to see his full and unequivocal apology.


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Young on Thursday asked for forgiveness for his comments.

"That's not how I feel and not how I am, but
it is a demagogic statement," he said.


"It's the kind of statement that I have always spoken and worked against."
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Re: Andrew Young Exposes Himself As A Racist

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Andrew Young Steps Down From Wal-Mart

are you suggesting George Allen should take the high road like Andrew Young and step down from his senate race?
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Inexcusable.
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That's disappointing and yes, I'll say that if he said that, he's a racist, and once again, it's terribly disappointing.

Hell, I was disappointed to learn he worked for Wal-Mart.
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I was disappointed to learn he worked for Wal-Mart.
puts on Donna Summer

"She works hard for the money"
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Are we having a competiton to decide who is the most politically correct amongst us?
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Ew, Walmart.
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Are we having a competiton to decide who is the most politically correct amongst us?
I'm not. Are you?
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I'm not.
Are you sure?
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^ just kidding
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Walmart shopper on occasion, big freakin' deal. Racism should be the bigger issue.
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