Andrew Young has resigned from Working Families for Wal-Mart in the wake of a controversial statement.
“I recently made some comments about former store owners in my neighborhood that were completely and utterly inappropriate. Those comments run contrary to everything I have dedicated my life to,” Young said in a statement.
“I apologize for those comments. I retract those comments. And I ask for the forgiveness of those I have offended.”
Young said his comments “run contrary to everything that Wal-Mart is and means to communities.”
In an interview published in Thursday’s Los Angeles Sentinel, Young was asked to comment on whether he is concerned that Wal-Mart causes mom-and-pop stores to close.
“Well, I think they should; they ran the ‘mom and pop’ stores out of my neighborhood,” the Sentinel, a newspaper serving the African-American community, reported. “But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us — selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they’ve ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it’s Arabs; very few black people own these stores.”