Forget “Aunt Jemima” pancake syrup or “Uncle Ben’s” rice – what’s really offending the black community in a neighborhood near Portland, Oregon is Trader Joe’s. Maybe it’s the Hawaiian shirts?
According to OregonLive, the residents of a predominately black community near Portland, Oregon have told Trader Joe’s (purveyors of organic and free-trade products, along with the low-priced wine affectionately called “Two Buck Chuck”) to essentially chuck off.
The supermarket chain planned to build a store on a vacant lot in Northeast Portland, but bowed out after protests from the Portland African American Leadership Forum.
What really irked the Forum? According to a letter sent to Trader Joe’s, the store would “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations.”
Well, we certainly wouldn’t want to make the neighborhood more desirable, would we? And we certainly wouldn’t want to provide more jobs in an economically-depressed area – or award the construction contract to a minority-owned business (as Trader Joe’s did). After all, we just heard from the government how our quality of life is vastly improved by not having to work at all.
Leftists and our illustrious First Lady decry the fact that low-income, minority households have limited access to fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods. But in Oregon at least those households don’t really want what Trader Joe’s is selling – guess those free-trade bananas and coffee are just “too white.”