Young apologizes for his ethnic slurs, quits Wal-Mart post
Remarks angered Arab, Jewish and Korean leaders
Sep 19, 2006
Longtime civil rights leader Andrew Young has angered Arab, Jewish and Korean leaders for saying that “Mom and Pop” store owners from these three communities had “ripped off” poor urban districts for decades by overcharging them.
Young, a 74-year-old ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, a former mayor of Atlanta and United Nations ambassador, and onetime colleague of the late Martin Luther King Jr., has since apologized for the remarks, which forced him August 17 to resign a post with Working Families for Wal-Mart promoting the retail store chain.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel, a weekly newspaper with mostly African-American readers, Young acknowledged that Wal-Mart is often held responsible for smaller stores closing down.