Bulletproof glass is the greatest indicator the civil rights movement ushered in a great lie, replacing common sense measures to protect both private business, thoseemployed by the business, and products sold within the store (cough… cough… Jim Crow).
Keep this in mind as we read about perhaps the greatest reminder why businesses should have the right to discriminate and the abdication by state to protect freedom of association ultimately dooms all retail stores in America to shuttering. [Walmart ‘segregated,’ locked up African-American hair products, lawsuit alleges, WCPO.com, 1-27-18]:
Attorney Gloria Allred announced Friday a lawsuit against Walmart over discrimination allegations stemming from African-American hair products.
The famed attorney held a news conference with Essie Grundy, who said she was discriminated against based on her race at a Perris, Calif., Walmart on Jan. 12.
Allred alleges Walmart is in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, prohibiting businesses from discriminating against customers based on race.
“[She] discovered that the cream and other hair products meant for African Americans had been locked away behind glass shelves and were segregatedfrom products for non-African Americans,’ Allred said, noting that the other products were not locked away and Grundy was told she had to be escorted to the cash register to purchase the products.
Allred said Walmart was also in violation of California business practices:
Speaking on behalf of Grundy, Allred said Grundy was told by a Walmart employee said the products were locked under a “directive from corporate headquarters.”
“We think that it perpetuates a racial stereotype that African American customers should be suspected of being thieves and criminals,” Allredsaid. “Essie and her family have suffered enough.”
Following Allred’s reading of the lawsuit, Grundy read her own statement, saying in part:
“I was angry, sad, frustrated, and humiliated all at the same time. It was so emotional it’s hard to describe. I know there is a lot of racism out there, but I have never been faced with it up close.”
Walmart has noted before that the protective measures are part of a normal practice to minimize product thefts of at-risk items.
In a statement to KTLA, a Walmart spokesperson said the retailer makes product decision on a case-by-case basis:
“The decision about which items are subject to additional in-store security is made on a store-by-store basis and often at the discretion of the store manager.”
Malls are closing across America.
Retail stores are shuttering from sea to shining sea, leaving once thriving strip smalls nothing more than vacant eyesores.
The demographic reality behind the collapse of malls, retail stores, and bankruptcy of retail chains is obviously correlated, though few people, if any, will publicly note this easily discernible truth. The same reason heavily black areas of America are food deserts is the exact same reason Walmart’s across the USA have managers whose spreadsheets denoting frequently stolen items compel them to add an extra layer of security to black haircare products.
Without freedom of association (the ability to discriminate), retail stores across America will continue to close, with those staying open forced to put more and more of the products for sell behind locked glass.
If black hair products are locked up, while hair products for non-blacks remains freely accessible to consumers on shelves in Walmart’s across America, it’s clear pattern recognition has been deployed by store managers or the corporate executives when it comes to frequency of black haircare products being stolen by customers or employees (shrinkage).