But the audacity of hopelessness displayed by the villain who dared to utter "Attention: all Black people please leave the store," at a Walmart in New Jersey has become national news, for a post-racial world is but a pipe-dream now:
Victoria Arter was stunned by the loudspeaker announcement.
"Attention, Wal-Mart shoppers," she recalled hearing the calm male voice begin. "Will all the black people please leave the store. Thank you."
Her shock turned to anger, Arter said, when more than five awkward and frightening minutes elapsed before management at the Wal-Mart in Turnersville came on the public address system.
"We waited and waited. Some people just left their carts in disgust and said they couldn't believe it," said Arter, an African American woman who was shopping at the store on Route 42 when the announcement was made shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cooperating with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and Washington Township police, which are investigating the event as a possible racial-intimidation crime. More than 10 African Americans have signed a complaint with police.
"We're just as appalled by this as anyone," said Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for the discount-store chain, "and anyone who did this was wrong."
Law enforcement is examining surveillance tapes inside the store. But the P.A. system can be accessed from 25 telephones in the building, and not all are within camera range, said Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the prosecutor.
The 24-hour superstore has about 700 employees, many of them part-time, and some of the store's phones are accessible to the public, Weisenfeld said.
Last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged Sam's Club, which is owned by Wal-Mart, with violating federal law by allowing a work environment hostile to Latino employees. Since the 1990s, the EEOC has filed about 60 additional discrimination actions against Wal-Mart.
"This is despicable," Phil Warner, coordinator of the NAACP's chapters in South Jersey, said of the announcement. "It's 2010, and we're still facing those issues."
Warner said he hoped Wal-Mart would take quick action if the person responsible for the announcement can be identified.
"Whether it was a prank or whether it was serious, the level of insensitivity is apparent and is a reminder there's still a need for people to work toward decency and equality," said James E. Harris, president of the New Jersey NAACP Conference.
Murders, rapes and actual crimes are unworthy of discussion. The very same day the insidious message was played over the PA system at Walmart, a gentleman exercising hospitality by holding open a door was beaten (life-threateningly) by two Black individuals:
The Associated Press and ABC News have picked up on the horrifying story of people's ear drums being violated with racist demands (in jest), while the news of a hospitable act turned attempted homicide is met with silence.
A 63-year-old convenience store patron is not expected to survive after being severely beaten outside a San Bernardino convenience store, police said Monday.
They are asking for help identifying two men who attacked Nathan Macon at 6 p.m. Thursday as he stood outside Jimmy's Food at Base Line and Medical Center Drive on the city's Westside.
Macon was holding the door open for the suspects when one made an unknown comment toward him, said San Bernardino police Sgt. Dave Dillon. Words were exchanged and the two men began punching Macon, knocking him to the ground outside the store.
Harmless messages that would normally supply fodder for late night comics becomes the grounds for initiating a bias crime (what the hell is that?) task force to stamp out evil whenever it may manifest at a Walmart near you...
Stuff Black People Don't Like has found the ultimate story to prove Black Run America's (BRAs) existence to anyone still doubting its reality.
You are advised to stop pulling any pranks that deal with "punking" Black people, for daring to Punk'd them will only turn you up in the growing list of usual suspects for a Bias Offense, an Orwellian term for violating any provision set forth by the Protocols of the Learned Elders of BRA.
Below is an actual story from a NATIONAL media source (ABC NEWS, not The Onion) detailing this horrible crime.