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Ditching MLK for Wal-Mart

A former member Dr. King's inner circle at SCLC, three-time congressman Congress, and UN ambassador decided to spit on his past and join Wal-Mart's crusade.
Black Commentator has a pretty disheartening Hero Gone Corporate Whore-r story:

"Andrew Young, a former member of Dr. King's inner circle at SCLC, who went on to serve three terms in Congress, a stint as UN ambassador and two terms as mayor of Atlanta before cashing out his Freedom Movement chips for a lucrative career as an international "business consultant," decisively spat upon the movement for human rights and economic justice that he spent his early career helping to build.

"Young announced on February 27, 2006 that he would chair Working Families for Wal-Mart, a media sock-puppet for the ruthless multinational firm. The cynical misuse of his stature as an icon of the Freedom Movement, preacher, former elected official, and honored elder in black America to mask and obscure the crimes of his corporate client marks Mr. Young as nothing more nor less than a corporate whore."

Working families for Wal-Mart is your classic astroturf campaign.
Young recently wrote just a disgraceful op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Among his talking points, "More than 1.3 million Americans choose to work at Wal-Mart because the company offers competitive pay, affordable health benefits and the opportunity for a career." That's just lying.
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.
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