March 25, 2006

Andrew Young Becomes Private Dancer for Wal-Mart

Andrew Young, aide and close confidante to Martin Luther King, long-time civil rights activist, and former Mayor of Atlanta, has gone to work for Wal-Mart.

It's so embarrassing I have a hard time expressing how much. That Andrew Young is pals with these first class oppressors and exploiters of the world's impoverished is enough to make Martin Luther King roll over in his grave. He should be on the front line of protest against them, describing to the American people what is wrong with this corporate robber baron, rather than bending over for their cash, kidding himself and trying to make me believe he can really accomplish a damn thing. He should be ashamed. He has basically flushed whatever legacy he might have had right down the toilet.

I don't care how much he rationalizes it. I don't care how much he explains and defends his actions. It is simply beyond reason for him to believe that he will have the slightest effect on a corporation that thrives on the low wages it pays its workers and on the products that slave labor makes for its customers.

I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
I'll do what you want me to do
I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
And any old music will do

From Tina Turner's Private Dancer, composer, Mark Knopfler

(image: Ric Feld/A.P. March 22, 2006. Decatur, Ga. Via YahooNews, via BagNewsNotes. Thanks to BAGnewsNotes for the inspiration)

1 comment:

nightquill said...

Mark Knopfler wrote Private Dancer?
Who knew?

Where's the long aching guitar solo?

H. Lee Scott of WalMart has an interesting sideline going where he would like to get the Federal gov't involved in making his profits even higher (the State gov'ts already foot his employee's Medicaid bills, of course). So he's actually made noises about national health insurance (can we stand to be in bed with him for even a minute?) and raising the minimum wage (but not above his own bottom wage, of course):