Black residents reject Trader Joe’s because it would attract too many white people

Trader Joes opposition

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The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has withdrawn plans to build a store in the heart of a predominantly black neighborhood after a black leadership group fought the move.

The Portland Development Commission was set to give the grocer a large discount on property that had been vacant for years, pricing it at just over $500,000, down from an appraised value of $2.9 million, according to The Oregonian.

The Portland African American Leadership Forum sent a scathing letter in December to city leaders, saying the plan would price residents out of the area and the group“remains opposed to any development in North/Northeast Portland that does not primarily benefit the black community.”

Trader Joe’s would increase displacement of low-income residents and “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations,” PAALF wrote.

“[This decision] reflects the city’s overall track record of implementing policies that serve to uproot, displace and disempower our most vulnerable community members,” the letter said.

Trader Joe’s bowed out amid the controversy.

“We run neighborhood stores, and our approach is simple: If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe’s, we understand, and we won’t open the store in question,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to The Oregonian.

But not everyone is happy about the outcome.

“There are no winners today,” Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Brewing Co., told The Oregonian. “Only missed tax revenue, lost jobs, less foot traffic, an empty lot and a boulevard still struggling to support its local small businesses.”

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2,257 thoughts on “Black residents reject Trader Joe’s because it would attract too many white people

  1. PaulMaguireBiz . says:

    The headline is Absolutely racists! How about ” White residents reject xyz store because it would attract too many black people”. This is the promotion of racist, hateful, and bigoted ideas and speech that many in the black community wish to get rid of
    towards themselves, but yet feel it is ok to do that which they dont want onto others based simply on the color of their skin. Its
    sickening. These people are racists, misinformed, and seem to ‘judge people by the color of their skin, not the content of their character”. The opposite of what MLK spoke of and fought for! Its black history month and these people apparently are against their own history. Pathetic.

    1. guyjones says:

      But, wait, black people can’t be racists, right? I mean, it’s completely impossible…

  2. Jason Gary says:

    Wow, talk about racism… so, they’re admitting that black people don’t really care about being healthy and ecologically responsible consumers.

  3. DNS says:

    It would “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations,” said the group oppressing the people in the neighborhood by not allowing improvement and opportunities for them. Yep. Keeping those ghetto plantations in operation is the best thing ever for the Black Masters.

  4. Mark Fordin says:

    you got to be kidding is this free enterprise or what what happened to making money

  5. Pissed!!! says:

    I dont want any KFC in my neighborhood because it may attract blacks and then that could bring drug dealing,murder,rape,empty drug bags and needles littering the street,trash all over the streets with them smelling of human urine and feces and lowering of property value.Now what exactly could white people shopping for food do negatively to a black community that they all ready do not do to themselves?That is what I would love to know.Unreal.I have a message to all you blacks crying about stuff done last century.Do you see Jews crying over Germans saying they do not want them in their community?They caught a way worse deal than blacks but they atleast have enough common sense to realize “still” harboring hate and anomosity over people who were not even alive 60 to 70 years ago is beyond stupid,it is blatant racism by the ones pointing the fingers.They are the true racists.They can not forgive and move forward,they have to dwell over the past and keep crying about it.Mainstream media and our corrupt government have people thinking half retarded nowadays.If Obama or Oprah says something everyone will believe it and use it as a valid talking point,but in reality how can you use any thing they say as valid anything when all they do is lie constantly.Everything about this president is a fairytale lie and if you try to bring this to light on TV they get rid of you like Jay Leno,James Woods,Jesse Ventura,Breitbart are a few.Think about it.

  6. Julie Dodge says:

    This story is pretty inaccurate. The African American Leadership Coalition asked the PDC to include affordable housing in the mixed use site plan. The PDC refused. The letter addressed the PDC’s refusal to address the need for affordable housing. The community WANTED Trader Joe’s – it’s far more affordable than the two New Season’s markets that have built in the area. This article and the PDC continue to villainize minority group leaders for advocating for the best options for the community while the PDC ignores them.

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