Walmart Chooses “Gangsta” Rap and Strippers Over Patriots for Black History Month

I really, really wanted to be surprised by this story, but I know better. Walmart is about business, the business of selling stuff.  They want $$.  I think this is a case of capitalism…not racism.  Let’s be honest, if you wanted to promote a product that would appeal to the largest number of Black people would you choose “Chappelle’s Show — Season 2 Uncensored” or For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots,” a four-hour documentary?  I’m going with Chappelle.  I’m not saying that Black folk aren’t interested in this type of documentary.  I saw it on TV last week on PBS and it was great.  However, I’m not interested in buying it.  I’m a Netflix person anyway, so maybe I shouldn’t comment.

I have more of a problem the choice of subject matter they are associating with Black History Month in their advertising [The Players's Club?].  Then again, WE let companies sell us everything from DVDs to cars to chicken nuggets when their theme is Black History.  Sigh.

SunTimes.com: Vietnam veteran Ronald Price considers himself snubbed by Wal-Mart.Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rejected for inclusion in its Black History Month displays “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots,” a four-hour documentary in which a Who’s Who of Hollywood is enlisted to document the history of blacks in the military.

What did make it to the prominent displays at the world’s largest retailer? “Thug Angel — Tupac Shakur,” a documentary of the slain rapper; the strip club-set flick “The Players Club,” and Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show — Season 2 Uncensored” were among 50 titles approved for the special promotion in entertainment sections.

“I think it was a slap in our face, as far as being war veterans,” said Price, an African-American South Holland resident. “I would never buy anything out of Wal-Mart anymore.” [Full Article]

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2 Responses to Walmart Chooses “Gangsta” Rap and Strippers Over Patriots for Black History Month

  1. Eljay

    The first thing we need to consider is why WE as Black people wait on stores like Walmart to honor OUR history. I have to agree with this story. Too many of us are more interested in Gangster Rap than the better elements of our history.

    I also suggest that there is no single Black America–there are two or three different Black Americas. I would suggest that until all of these elements make themselves heard, we can be sure that the ghettoization of Black culture will continue.

  2. I agree with Eljay’s first sentence. We do wait for others to celebrate our history and accomplishments and then feign surprise when they fail to do so.

    However, what many Black people fail to realize is that this misogynist, stereotypical “music” is not being promoted for OUR consumption. Check the RIAA stats. This music is being promoted because Whites make up the majority demographic of its consumers.

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