Black Residents Reject Trader Joe’s Because it Would Attract too Many White People

Black residents of Portland reject diversity and multiracialism; fight establishment of a Trader Joes in “their” neighborhood.

Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves

The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has withdrawn plans to build a store in the heart of a predominantly black neighborhood after a black leadership group fought the move.

Image: Trader Joe’s (Wikimedia Commons).

The Portland Development Commission was set to give the grocer a large discount on property that had been vacant for years, pricing it at just over $500,000, down from an appraised value of $2.9 million, according to The Oregonian.

The Portland African American Leadership Forum sent a scathing letter in December to city leaders, saying the plan would price residents out of the area and the group“remains opposed to any development in North/Northeast Portland that does not primarily benefit the black community.”

Trader Joe’s would increase displacement of low-income residents and “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations,” PAALF wrote.

“[This decision] reflects the city’s overall track record of implementing policies that serve to uproot, displace…

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8 Responses to Black Residents Reject Trader Joe’s Because it Would Attract too Many White People

  1. Paladin Justice says:

    Vacant lots have high social value to the black “community.” They’re good places to dump dead bodies, to do drug deals, and to hump a hooker. How dare the white man interfere with black culture?

  2. Rita Rabbit says:

    It just shows that ONE MORE TIME, we can’t win with these people because on the other side we have folks complaining about “food deserts” where colored people can’t find a vegetable!!!!-they don’t even know what a vegetable IS!!! and IT’S ALL OUR FAULT! YEAH RIGHT!

  3. Objecting to Trader Joe’s?

    Blatant hipsterphobia! Stop the HATE!

  4. countenance says:

    Trader Joe’s only puts stores in a place where the percentage of people who live in an x mile radius from it have college degrees and a certain percentage of people who live in an x mile radius have household incomes of some amount or above.

    If it wanted to build there, it was because there was enough of their desired constituency close enough to there, even if “there” was the ghetto.

  5. Jon says:

    I read it was mostly outside agitator groups who opposed it and shut it down, not the residents.

  6. TabuLa Raza says:

    “Outside agitators”- existing retailers, probably unionized.

    Trader Joe is owned by the same German firm that owns Aldi.

  7. TabuLa Raza says:

    I was guessing- here it is:

    On February 6th, 2011, various labor unions, students, artists, and independent laborers gathered in front of the Trader Joe’s Uni…
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    — Washington Square News, 02/06/2011

    A report by the AFL-CIO affliated organization, Solidarity Center, released a report detailing slave labor and sweatshop use in th…

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