Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart’s board and stated that the firm ought to pay “a living wage.”
In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate is estimated at an astonishing 50%, the prospect of a Walmart job may appear far more attractive.
Four inner-city Detroit high schools have decided that employment with Walmart is an opportunity worth training their students to pursue. The schools have teamed up with the giant merchandiser to offer a for-credit class in job-readiness training that also includes entry-level after-school jobs.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the principal at one of the schools optimistically suggested that “the program will allow students an opportunity to earn money and to be exposed to people from different cultures — since all of the stores are in the suburbs.”
The announcement of the program outraged Donna Stern, the Midwest coordinator for the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights And Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). “They’re going to train students to be subservient workers” she told the Free Press. “This is not why parents send them to school.”
Detroit area schools have cooperated on projects with Walmart in the past. Last summer, Walmart sponsored a letter-writing contest in which students could win classroom supplies, and at Christmas Walmart donated presents to needy students in a Detroit suburb.
Neither of those acts of corporate generosity, however, carried the same racial overtones as training inner-city students for a career as suburban Walmart store clerks. The fact may be that Detroit’s schools are now desperate enough to accept help wherever they can find it.
The school district has been running badly in the red, and though emergency financial manager Robert Bobb has already closed 29 schools as a cost-cutting measure, it was reported this week that “the 84,000-student Detroit Public Schools could face additional layoffs and about 40 more school closings.”
Detroit’s teachers have also been chafing at a contract accepted by their union that forces them to make involuntary long-term loans to the school district out of their paychecks. A Detroit Federation of Teachers union meeting on Thursday broke down in chaos after members tried to put the question of recalling the union president on the agenda.
GOP candidate boasted about sneaking gun into school — now she’s getting investigated by the cops
Peggy Hubbard, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, has apologized after she admitted to lying about bringing a gun with her into a high school during a candidate forum.
The Daily Herald reports that Hubbard last week told an audience at Hinsdale Central High School that she brought a gun in with her to make a point about how unsafe schools are.
"I walked in with a concealed carry and I had a gun and three clips and nobody checked," she said during the event.
Fox News host: Trump shouldn’t suffer any backlash if he pardons Roger Stone
Fox News doesn't think there's anything wrong with pardoning Roger Stone and there shouldn't be any political consequences for excusing the coverup.
The Daily Beast captured anchor Harris Faulkner championing the pardon before Judge Amy Berman Jackson even passed down the sentence.
Co-host Carley Shimkus said that Trump has no choice but to pardon Stone as soon as possible because it's such a “controversial decision.” The closer Trump gets to the November election, the worse it could be for Trump.
Faulkner said it would be in Trump’s “character” to pardon Stone quickly, but because he loves pardons so much. She explained it's his only unilateral power. Typically, presidents wait until the end of their term to pardon friends or controversial people.
‘Trump 2020’ emblazoned hay bales burned to the ground by vandals
Hay bales in the town of Ferndale, Washington, that were covered with a tarp featuring the slogan "TRUMP 2020" were burned to the ground by vandals this Sunday, Q13Fox reports.
Police say deputies arrived on the scene to find the bales on fire, which amounted to around $500 in damage. According to Sheriff Bill Elfo, political vandalism is on the rise in the area.
“Over the past year, the Sheriff’s Office has investigated several reports of damage and theft of a political campaign sign,” Elfo said. “In this instance, the crime resulted in the destruction of private property that had the propensity to spread and jeopardize nearby structures and their occupants. This incident also resulted in the use of Fire District, Sheriff’s Office and Ferndale Police assets that were unavailable for the duration of the response to respond to other emergencies."