Social And Commercial Evolution In Action

     If you don’t remember this story, from a year and a half ago, I can’t fault you; I had to go poring through my stacks to locate it, remembering only that it was race-related:

     COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (CBS46) — Stereotyped, intimidated, racism, and uncomfortable, all words used by shoppers to describe their shopping experience at a Kroger in South Fulton.
     “I think it’s kind of racist you definitely see that here on Old National,” said a mother of three who had just finished shopping.
     College Park Kroger shoppers are upset over a new security installation leaving them to feel stereotyped.
     “You won’t see that in Fayetteville or maybe Cobb County anywhere, doubt it,” said the mother.
     The security installation only has one entrance.
     Many took to social media to voice their anger at what they say feels like shopping in a prison just to buy toiletries or laundry detergent.

     “Shopping in a prison” is probably safer than shopping at that Kroger. Theft isn’t the only thing those security barriers are there to thwart. However, even if we leave aside the incidental interpersonal violence, such as occurred here, the economic consequences are beyond a retail establishment’s ability to endure. Ask the managers of this Walmart, who endured a lot of opprobrium merely for trying to protect their store’s bottom line:

     CENTENNIAL, Colo. (KDVR) — A new checkout policy at a Walmart in Colorado is under scrutiny for its security measures surrounding beauty products for people of color.
     The allegations of racial bias come almost a year after Walmart changed its practice of locking up beauty products for people of color at its stores.
     “I honestly will probably not go back there again because of how I felt,” said Rachel, of Aurora, who visited the Walmart store in Centennial on Sunday morning.
     Rachel, who didn’t want her last name used, said she was purchasing shampoo in the aisle housing beauty products for people of color when she was stopped by a clerk who told her she needed to pay for it at a special register near the back of the store before she could continue shopping.
     “I asked the sales associate, ‘If I am purchasing Caucasian products, do I need to do the same thing?’ She said, ‘No, you can walk around the store with those products,’” Rachel said. “I told her I had more shopping to do, she said it didn’t matter; I still needed to pay for it back there.”
     There’s also clearly more surveillance around that beauty products aisle. There are three cameras over that aisle and only one over the other shampoos and conditioners.
     “Honestly, I was shocked, because this is 2021, racism and discrimination are still happening,” said Rachel. “It’s either one or the other. You monitor all hair care products or you don’t. It’s not okay to point out one group.”

     “We mustn’t discriminate!” rises the cry from all the bien-pensants. To which I reply: The blacks are already discriminating. They’re stealing the products being marketed specifically to them. What Walmart has done in the story above is merely a defensive countermeasure.

     There will be more such. It will eventuate in a society partitioned both demographically and commercially: the geographic separation of the races will accelerate, and majority-black areas will be served solely by black-owned businesses. It won’t be just the theft of products targeted at blacks that will drive it. The riots in America’s cities over the year and more behind us have their part to play as well.

     The riots are a form of racial extortion. They’re being used to stoke demands for “reparations” – i.e., racial Danegeld that would never, ever end. Any amount American blacks might be offered will be characterized as “not enough,” “a drop in the bucket.” If you need confirmation, here it is:

     SOME black Americans living in Evanston, Illinois, who will be given $25,000 each as part of the city’s $10 million reparations program don’t think it’s enough.

     The payout is supposed to make amends for the racist housing policies in the city, north of Downtown Chicago, and a reparations program was established in 2019 – but some activists don’t think it’s sufficient.

     Evanston, Illinois, is the first US city to distribute the money meant to help compensate for a lack of generational wealth and systemic racism.

     However, Rev Michael Nabors, who is the president of the Evanston NAACP, thinks $25,000 is a “drop in the bucket.”

     “When it’s all said and done, however much money is raised for reparations… will only be a drop in the bucket for the suffering and the oppression that Black people experienced in this nation,” he told Newsweek.

     “When we talk about that being a drop in the bucket, that’s what we’re talking about.

     “There is no amount of money in the world that can take the place of the pain and the suffering that was caused emotionally, that was caused psychologically.”

     If there’s “no amount of money in the world” that can assuage blacks’ “pain,” then you may rest assured that the demands will escalate.

     There is only one rational response to any of this racialist nonsense: Tell them to shove it up their asses, perhaps with this counter-proposal:

  1. Give each of them $1 million in cash.
  2. And a plane ticket to the African country that most closely matches their genetic make-up.
  3. And revoke their American citizenship. So no take-backs.
  4. On the side, we tell a local reception committee about their coming and the cash they are carrying.

     (Proposal courtesy of NITZAKHON.)

     But whether there’s anyone in our political class who has the cojones to say any such thing – loudly and publicly, so all of America can hear – he has yet to step forward. Private citizen Americans must do it “for them.”

     The time is long past due.


    • Evil Franklin on March 13, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    We’ve been paying welfare to negroes for decades.  It’s called welfare.

  1. Some hair products are quite expensive (WiPo tend to use the cheap stuff – Suave or similar – if they’re broke). If the products were often stolen, then insisting that they be paid for near their origin is necessary to keep the stock available and not lose money due to theft.

    I get that she felt smeared because the thieves were the same complexion, and she was honest. But, I can’t fault their desire to stay in business.

  2. Full disclosure up front: I spent a couple of years working at a supermarket in the Kroger family of stores.

    With that out of the way, the more onerous the loss-prevention measure, the more it costs. No business will impose such additional expenses without good cause.

    Keep in mind that onerous loss-prevention measures have both an initial cost (e.g, installing locking displays to reduce theft of certain items) and an ongoing cost (such as the wages paid to someone who needs to be available to unlock said displays, interrupting that employee’s revenue-producing activities such as restocking the shelves.

    All of which explains why Rachel is convinced that major corporations are happy to forego profits in order to indulge their gratuitous racial animus.

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