October 30, 2007
Should black people boycott overstock.com?
Another day, another store where black people aren't supposed to shop. At least this one doesn't serve chicken.
No, this time it's overstock.com. I've never bought anything from them myself, but I just checked their website just now and it looks like they have some nice shit. It's too bad I can't buy anything from them. Because their CEO has come out in favor of burning minorities who don't succeed in education.
He was participating in a debate having to do with public funding for vouchers to send kids to private schools, which will be on the ballot there in Utah November 6th. Of course he's in favor of them.
Here's his exact quote:
"Right now, 40% of Utah minorities are not graduating from high school. You may as well burn those kids. That's the end of their life. That's the end of their ability to achieve in this society if they do not get a high school education. You might as ... just throw the kids away."
Which is probably about as true as any other stereotype, i.e. about 95%, but still. Since when are white people in Utah allowed to mention that black people aren't successful?
The NAACP is urging the guy to apologize, but so far he's not going for it.
"These folks have been selective in their editing," Byrne told the Associated Press. "I very clearly said the system is throwing away 40% of the minority kids because they're not graduating. I'm saying that I'm against throwing kids away.
"People against vouchers are in favor of throwing the kids away," Byrne said.
After the jump is the actual clip from the debate.
Overstock CEO rejects NAACP apology request [USA Today]
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