Saturday, August 19, 2006

A message on race relations from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

I see former Atlanta mayor, former envoy to the United Nations, and (until this happened) former all-around Good Guy Andrew Young has disclosed that he is a racist.

In an interview, Young was asked whether he was concerned that Wal-Mart causes smaller, mom-and-pop stores to close.

"Well, I think they should; they ran the 'mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood," the paper quoted Young as saying. "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 blacks own these stores."

He now apologizes; gee, there's lots of "I'm sorry" floating around here these days, isn't there? I'm all for forgiveness -- you can't expect to be forgiven for your own sins if you can't forgive others -- but dang, this is hard to take.

A recent obituary from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes to mind, here's exactly what Mr. Andy is talking about:

News Obituary Article

Yetta Danneman, 85, store owner


Now there's a trendy coffeehouse at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard, keeping the loft-dwellers around it stoked on caffeine.

For 47 years, though, the spot belonged to Danneman's Super Market, where Yetta DAnneman helped keep the predominantly black neighborhood around it feeling welcome and well-fed.

Until they sold it in 1986, Mrs. Danneman and her late husband Marcus O. Danneman ran their mom-and-pop grocery store with a colorblind approach to customer service that was so startlingly evenhanded for its day that it often rankled those less enlightened.

She and her husband, who died in 1988, made sure their store served the Auburn Avenue area fairly and honestly during the peak of the civil rights movement. They befriended scores of community leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. and his family members, who lived a few blocks from their store.

Her husband was a pallbearer at the Rev. King's funeral and the couple braved a crowd of hecklers to attend a Nobel Prize dinner for Dr. King at the downtown Dinkler Hotel in 1965, said her sister Mildred Pizitz of Huntsville, Ala.

"Yetta passed right through those protesters because she knew what was right," her sister said. "She was the stronget, most courageous and most big-hearted person I've ever known."

Yetta Shonson Danneman, 85, of Atlanta died of heart failure Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital. The graveside service was Monday. Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care was in charge of arrangements.

The Meridian, Miss., native moved to Atlanta when she was 11, graduated from Commercial High School in 1939 and got married on Pearl Harbor Day in 1941.

While her husband was off at war, she ran the grocery for several years, then worked side-by-side with him for the next four decades. They set up credit accounts for customers who had never had them before, made free home deliveries, and slipped candy to children when no one was looking.

"Yetta said, 'Thank you, ma'am' and 'Thank you, sir' to all her customers even back in the '40s because that's how our daddy taught us," her sister said. "He made her give money to poor people on the street when she was growing up in Mississippi and that's where her values came from."

Mrs. Danneman also co-owned Carter's Department Store across the street from the grocery, where Coretta Scott King and other neighbors bought stylist outfits, her sister said.

She entertained touring members of the Metropolitan Opera at her home, volunteered with Jewish organizations, and reigned as the undisputed family matriarch said her granddaughter Julie Cohen of Atlanta.

A straight talker with a strong Southern drawn, Mrs. Danneman insisted on hosting Sunday dinners every Sunday, Ms. Cohen said.

"We all had to be there, all the generations, whether we were mad at each other or not, and if you weren't there you'd have to answer to Yetta about it," she said.

She had a rough outer shell and a real soft inside. She meant business and she meant what she said and she was the boss and you didn't cross the line with her, but she told us that she loved us constantly."

Survivors include her daughters Lynda Rubenstein and Sandra Rich, both of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Nancy Isenberg of Atlanta; a son, Mark Danneman of Atlanta; two other sisters, Joann Schwarz and Florence Davan, both of Atlanta; six other grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

2006 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/9/2006.

Dang, I regret not having met Yetta; what a fabulous lady!

And hey, thanks Andy, for showing us your true color(s). How ugly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev. Andy joins fellow "civil rights activists" Rev. Jesse Jackson and serial offender Rev. Al Sharpton in making anti-semitic remarks with few consequences.

Jackson was speaking to a Washington Post reporter and who called New York City "Hymietown".

Sharpton was speaking after the Crown Heights incident where a Jewish man in a funeral procession accidentally hit and killed a young Black boy on the sidewalk. Sharpton refered to the offenders as "diamond merchants". Sharpton leads a demonstration in the streets, a mob surrounds and stabs a Jewish man to death shouting "kill the Jews". A few years later, Sharpton followers burned a Jewish owned store in Harlem, after Sharpton criticized the Jewish presence there, 6 employees died in the fire.

Why no consequences for these 3?

Southern Paleocon

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