February 04, 2014

Two examples of the Catch-22 that is [race/gender] P.C.

And both come via Philly.com, natch. The first is an AP story out of Oregon that (amazingly-but-not-really) gets national headlines: Trader Joe's backs black-neighborhood store plan.

The Trader Joe's grocery-store chain has dropped a plan to open a new store in the heart of the city's historically African-American neighborhood after activists said the development would price black residents out of the area. Critics said the development would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in one of the most rapidly gentrifying ZIP codes in the nation.

The Portland African American Leadership Forum said the development commission had in the past made promises about preventing projects from displacing community members but hadn't fulfilled them.

It sent the city a letter saying it would "remain opposed to any development in N/NE Portland that does not primarily benefit the Black community." It said the grocery-store development would "increase the desirability of the neighborhood," for "non-oppressed populations."

TJ's is too pricey? My daughter works part-time at a local TJ's and always begs me to come shop there because many of their prices are cheaper than "big name" chain supermarkets. And she's right. Still, haven't we heard about how some health issues in the African-American are due to not having "healthy" foods available in their communities? Why yes, we have. So, why then would this community want a supermarket known for its healthy products out of the community??

Elsewhere, in Philly, women are complaining about men not protecting them from a rash of purse snatchings:

"Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?" [Tyema] Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. "Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected."

One may wonder why Philly.com chose to emphasize this part of the story since it's actually only a small part of it. And one may also wonder why there was no Women's/Gender Studies professor was interviewed to say how wrong-headed Ms. Sanchez is for demanding that those with Y-chromosomes protect her. After all, how long have we been conditioned now to view the sexes as "equal" in every arena imaginable ... despite how silly the notion is?

Posted by Hube at February 4, 2014 08:24 PM | TrackBack

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Hey, Hube, for some reason I'm being blocked by Snark again. I sent you an e-mail.

Posted by: Carl at February 4, 2014 11:20 PM

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