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(Vox)   Department stores made a promise to Black America that never materialized   (vox.com) divider line
    More: Fail, African American, Department store, department store, Marshall Field, Black people, Race, White people, Chicago  
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1388 clicks; posted to Business » on 25 Jan 2021 at 5:43 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-01-25 6:27:50 AM  
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Knows that feeling.
 
2021-01-25 8:24:25 AM  
I gave up on Lovecraft Country when it started becoming a black empowerment show. One of the main points of Lovecraft is all humans are completely insignificant. It's disempowerment horror.
 
2021-01-25 8:33:06 AM  
THe actual show, for viewers, can go into all the detail it wants.

An article about the show doesn't need all the historical-novel, scene-setting detail. This is like those plush paid-by-the-word Atlantic essays, where I yearn for an abridged version.

/Chicago's Marshall Fields department store--for decades--didn't hire blacks. Management excuses = "they alienate white customers" or "we can't find qualified blacks."
 
2021-01-25 8:52:43 AM  
They kept the unwritten but obvious promise: when we desegregate enough to allow black customers, it will completely and permanently destroy all the black-owned retail businesses in town. To do that while still not hiring black employees made that impact even more damaging.
 
2021-01-25 9:26:27 AM  
Jokes on the the Dept stores again as Amazon/Facebook/et al doesn't know or care what color you are...

Well... I'm sure there is an algorithm based on your browser cookies and buying history that suggests what ethnic group you fit into... as well as where you shipping address is... and who your friends are... and what your pictures look like

So I guess they do care as they use it to target ads to show you what they want you to buy and sell that to ad agencies and the like, even serve you up different stories and news bits...

I was wrong, the new retailers do care what color you are, just so they can better extract money from you and/or advertisers.  But we are all be treated as equal consuming units at least, right?
 
2021-01-25 9:38:08 AM  
Yeah, the fundamental problem never really went away, people see black people and just assume they're poor.  It's just not a department store issue anymore as those barely exist and aren't that high end these days.

By the first thing that popped up on a google search, homes in black neighborhoods are devalued on average $48,000 as of 2018.
 
2021-01-25 9:56:21 AM  

wingnut396: But we are all be treated as equal consuming units at least, right?


If not, they'll blame it on the algorithms.
 
2021-01-25 10:42:22 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: I gave up on Lovecraft Country when it started becoming a black empowerment show. One of the main points of Lovecraft is all humans are completely insignificant. It's disempowerment horror.


I feel like Lovecraft Country uses Lovecraftian horror as a world template. So really Lovecraft Country is an antiracism story using horror as a back drop to contrast the racism.

Its quite good.
 
2021-01-25 2:43:41 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: I gave up on Lovecraft Country when it started becoming a black empowerment show. One of the main points of Lovecraft is all humans are completely insignificant. It's disempowerment horror.


"Became" ? I haven't seen an episode of it, but all the articles I've read about them since the first one, was that it used Lovecraft as a background to discuss racial inequalities.
 
2021-01-25 3:54:44 PM  
Department stores are not people, like all businesses they are just machines of commerce made out of people cogs. A machine can';t promise anyone anything. If you cannot name the human that made a promise to you, you are living a lie to pretend any nameless faceless soulless machine made any promises to anyone.

If you were not alive, then how did anyone you cannot now name make any promises they are beholden to you for?

I believe the truth that this article makes a single specific example of is:

American cultural norms have been based in racism so long, that we have a massive gulf between what the laws say our culture should be, and what people of our culture in practice actually do.


Retail, as this article focuses on, is just one arbitrary example of that.
School distracting, gerrymandering, police behavior norms reinforce racist ideals in the culture, etc. etc. etc.
 
2021-01-25 10:25:02 PM  
Millions rely on Vox's explainers to understand an increasingly chaotic world.

Explainers?  I think I'm done with Vox.
 
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