Regarding Talia Whyte’s recent article, “Wal-Mart raises funds, questions in black Hub” (April 17, 2008): When are our community leaders going to realize that if we are paid fair wages and offered fair benefits by our employers, we can provide for our own communities ourselves — without the assistance and further exploitation of dirty corporations like Wal-Mart?
Wal-Mart’s labor practices have not been a secret — the numerous lawsuits have been written about. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart is “unaware” of the fact that some of us are unwilling to sell out. I will personally refuse to spend my fairly earned wages with a business that accepts practices such as Wal-Mart’s. It is clear to me what Wal-Mart’s intentions are. Target’s prices are higher, but their quality of merchandise is better, and Target treats their employees like human beings, not slaves.
I am writing to applaud Talia Whyte for the exceptional, heartfelt tribute to James Baldwin she penned during Black History Month (“Baldwin: A literary standard,” Feb. 14, 2008).
As a schoolteacher, mother, writer and citizen challenged by the times in which I have lived — I was a young teen fueled by the tempestuous ‘60s — and continue to live, it is a welcomed fire that Whyte’s article ignites. As Baldwin wrote, “We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves …”
We need to tell it, and continue to go tell it on the mountain; to use language; to bear witness; to fan the flame of James Baldwin’s magnificent spirit.
The pen is, indeed, a mighty sword. Kudos to Ms. Whyte for her fiery article, and to the Banner for publishing it.