At the February 8th r, several black Athenians voiced their support of
The 94,000 square foot retailer will help ease Athens’ unemployment rate—which is lower than the state average—and will provide employment for out-of work black residents. One speaker said that Athens has a poverty rate closing on 40 percent, so jobs, any jobs, would be welcome.
The issue of good jobs vs. no jobs has been playing out in other places, with Wal Mart front and center, according to a story in BET.com.
According to the story, last month, 500 women, many of them African-American, filed a complaint against Wal Mart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They allege that Wal Mart has passed them over for promotions and raises because of gender.