We interrupt the official two-minute hate directed against former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young to bring you the sobering thoughts of Steve Sailer, who reminds us that:
[E]ven for food and dry goods, Young is right that African-Americans would have perfectly rational reasons for preferring a Wal-Mart in their neighborhood to "vibrant" immigrant-run corner shops.
Wal-Mart provides a much wider selection at much lower prices. As Matt Fellowes of the Brookings Institute has noted in an op-ed entitled The High Price of Being Poor [Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2006], in black and Hispanic Compton, California,
"Instead of large, modern grocery stores, there are more than 200 tiny bodegas, which generally charge higher prices."
So it’s a good thing that major retail chains have been expanding to black neighborhoods in recent years as the crime rate has come down.