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(STLToday)   Journalism in the year 2013: Asparagus at grocery store is dry. Is this a case of racism? We investigate   (stltoday.com) divider line 122
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2013-07-17 01:21:57 PM  
What a bunch of Schnucks.
 
2013-07-17 01:49:50 PM  
Trick question: black people do not eat asparagus.
 
2013-07-17 01:50:20 PM  
can't throw them out

they'd be accused of being asparagus spear chuckers
 
2013-07-17 01:50:38 PM  
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
 
2013-07-17 01:50:41 PM  
It's racism if the asparagus defends itself in any way.
 
2013-07-17 01:52:11 PM  
img842.imageshack.us

Inconsolable.
 
2013-07-17 01:52:55 PM  
Non-story right here. Spot the attention seeking whore in the article, it's not very hard.
 
2013-07-17 01:53:32 PM  
Racism? No, sorry, the answer we were looking for was "gay marriage". Thanks for playing.
 
2013-07-17 01:55:10 PM  
FTA: Olander admitted to being in an "ornery mood" the day he visited the store. "I just felt like stirring it up a little bit, letting them know that somebody cares," he said

In other words, you're a histrionic douchebag.
 
2013-07-17 01:55:37 PM  
Schnucks. ::snicker::
 
2013-07-17 01:56:02 PM  
Jesus, sell collard greens.
 
2013-07-17 01:56:07 PM  
Dan Savage says that if your aspargus is dry, find a good water based lube.
 
2013-07-17 01:56:20 PM  
I buy my weed off a black guy

Guess that makes me racist too
 
2013-07-17 01:56:35 PM  
Schnuk schnuk schnuk!

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2013-07-17 01:57:20 PM  
Asparagus makes my urine smell.
 
2013-07-17 01:57:23 PM  
I suppose this is another "poor areas don't have nice grocery stores" story.

*RsTFA*

It is, with a healthy dose of "that guy is a tool".
 
2013-07-17 01:57:54 PM  
A poor store manager or poor produce manager does not make a racism.
 
2013-07-17 01:58:11 PM  
This actually is kind of an outrage. It means black people might start stealing from white people stores instead of their own.
 
2013-07-17 01:59:05 PM  
But the watermelon was juicy!
 
2013-07-17 01:59:23 PM  
Basically the same quality of racerage as anything Sharpton has done lately.
 
2013-07-17 01:59:26 PM  
There's nothing wrong with this world that a large asteroid impact couldn't cure.
 
2013-07-17 01:59:42 PM  
excuse me, really?

This passes for journalism? Trying to strain racism out of every little mishap? Trust me, shipping companies filling a truck have much better ways to spend their time than sorting out bad aspargus to give to people they don't like.

Also asparagus is disgusting and should never be consumed by human beings.
 
2013-07-17 02:01:24 PM  
I think we have officially reached Peak Race Card.
 
2013-07-17 02:01:29 PM  

octopied: excuse me, really?

This passes for journalism? Trying to strain racism out of every little mishap? Trust me, shipping companies filling a truck have much better ways to spend their time than sorting out bad aspargus to give to people they don't like.

Also asparagus is disgusting and should never be consumed by human beings.


Trying to strain racism out of anything is a liberal trait actually. Not just journalists.
 
2013-07-17 02:02:09 PM  
Are you people on drugs? How could dry asparagus be racist? Asparagus can't talk!

/ what do YOU mean, you people?
 
2013-07-17 02:02:10 PM  
It wasn't green enough.

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2013-07-17 02:02:12 PM  
Boy the manager is really screwed here, he better pull all the grape Kool-Aid off the shelf return the watermelons, and stop selling chicken.  That way he is not carrying racist items in his store.

/Did I leave out any stereo typical items?
 
2013-07-17 02:02:13 PM  
all your racists can eat a big old bag of

natureinsider.com
 
2013-07-17 02:03:03 PM  
Maybe the white asparagus was in water, but not the green asparagus? - Who knows?

also FYI - don't buy asparagus when it smells fishy!
 
2013-07-17 02:03:09 PM  
I was actually kind of hoping this was about Armond White going shopping.
 
2013-07-17 02:03:57 PM  

Tom_Slick: /Did I leave out any stereo typical items?


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2013-07-17 02:04:00 PM  

Tom_Slick: Boy the manager is really screwed here, he better pull all the grape Kool-Aid off the shelf return the watermelons, and stop selling chicken.  That way he is not carrying racist items in his store.

/Did I leave out any stereo typical items?


Woofers and tweeters.
 
2013-07-17 02:04:16 PM  

octopied: excuse me, really?

This passes for journalism? Trying to strain racism out of every little mishap? Trust me, shipping companies filling a truck have much better ways to spend their time than sorting out bad aspargus to give to people they don't like.

Also asparagus is disgusting and should never be consumed by human beings.


As an owner of a shipping company I must say that the above statement is absolutely false. My employees spend half the day picking out bad fruits and vegetables to ship to blighted neighborhoods.
 
2013-07-17 02:04:48 PM  

Enemabag Jones: A poor store manager or poor produce manager does not make a racism.


I noticed that you used the word "poor" rather than "incompetent". What are you trying to say? Hmmmmmm?
 
2013-07-17 02:05:54 PM  
Wow.  Some employees at a grocery store are too stupid know the proper way to display asparagus or were too lazy to do it correctly or simply forgot to refill the tray with water and practically the first thing out of this do-gooder's mouth is whether or not it is racism?  Yeah, someone is obviously on the warpath and is looking for any opportunity to play the race card.  People like that should be punched in the face with a hammer.
 
2013-07-17 02:06:16 PM  
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2013-07-17 02:06:27 PM  

Oh_Enough_Already: 2013: The year anything existing within a black person's field of vision officially became racist.


thanks obama!
 
2013-07-17 02:06:49 PM  
You worry about this and Obama is about to nominate the guy in charge of Stop and Frisk to be DHS secretary? There is real racism causing real problems and people are biatching about asparagus.
 
2013-07-17 02:08:08 PM  
Somewhere the ghosts of the Pulitzer family are weeping at what the Post-Dispatch has become.
 
2013-07-17 02:08:38 PM  

Tom_Slick: Boy the manager is really screwed here, he better pull all the grape Kool-Aid off the shelf return the watermelons, and stop selling chicken.  That way he is not carrying racist items in his store.

/Did I leave out any stereo typical items?


rice for Asian people.

Crackers for white people. That's right, people can be racists against white people too, and it's about time everyone realizes it for fark's sake.
 
2013-07-17 02:10:01 PM  
"What about this: a tribe of asparagus children, but they're self-conscious about the way their pee smells."
 
2013-07-17 02:10:38 PM  
The real journalistic problem here is that the writer fails to refer to the studies of food availability in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. In most poor neighborhoods, food variability, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, is limited, with processed foods taking their place. When there are fresh fruit and vegetables, they're usually of a lower quality. The messed up thing is that although that's the case for poorer neighborhoods across the board, it's even more prevalent in poorer neighborhoods where non-whites are the majority. Some dry asparagus on it's own isn't something to go apeshiat about, but it reflects a larger trend that's more disturbing.
 
2013-07-17 02:13:08 PM  
Not sure if non-story, stupidity or both... Let's see what social media has to say:

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2013-07-17 02:14:13 PM  

mjohnson71: Somewhere the ghosts of the Pulitzer family are weeping at what the Post-Dispatch has become.


"Pulitzer emphasized human-interest stories, scandal, and sensationalism."

I think the Pulitzer Prize burnishes his legacy a bit, but he was a product of his time.

(It's kinda like naming a peace prize after the father of high explosives.)
 
2013-07-17 02:14:30 PM  
U. City - my home town! Back when the High School mascot was the Indians (now the Lions).
Always had lots of race questions - town is a mix of white and black, poor and upper middle class.
 
2013-07-17 02:15:29 PM  

Nesher: U. City - my home town! Back when the High School mascot was the Indians (now the Lions).



How did that happen? Did the Lions eat the Indians?
 
2013-07-17 02:15:39 PM  

everlastinggobstopper: The real journalistic problem here is that the writer fails to refer to the studies of food availability in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. In most poor neighborhoods, food variability, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, is limited, with processed foods taking their place. When there are fresh fruit and vegetables, they're usually of a lower quality. The messed up thing is that although that's the case for poorer neighborhoods across the board, it's even more prevalent in poorer neighborhoods where non-whites are the majority. Some dry asparagus on it's own isn't something to go apeshiat about, but it reflects a larger trend that's more disturbing.


You generally find really good produce at stores like Whole Foods and QFC, and you pay for it. Safeway, even in my town which is solidly on the affluent side of average, has substandard produce most of the time. Are poor people willing to pay a premium for good produce? Generally speaking, the answer is probably no which means stores in those areas won't carry it because they exist to make money. Stores stock what their clientele will buy. What else can they do? It's not Safeway's job to promote healthy eating. It's Safeway's job to make money.
 
2013-07-17 02:17:46 PM  
You should see the rotten food they sell at Borland's too. And the prices are too damn high.

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2013-07-17 02:20:35 PM  
I purchase and eat asparagus all of the time (just has some a few minutes ago) and I have never purchased it out of a bin of water.  I live in Idaho and there are no black neighborhoods.
 
2013-07-17 02:22:40 PM  

Badgerlad: Not sure if non-story, stupidity or both... Let's see what social media has to say:

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Beat me to it.
 
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