My partner and I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart years ago. Remember when Sam Walton was alive, and every single Wal-Mart commercial was about “Proudly American” and aimed to display products “Proudly Made in Ameria”? Well of course all that died with Sam. His heirs greatly expanded the company and said “Screw you, America!” when they started pushing for Chinese made products. Our trade deficit? A full 10% of it is one company trading with China. Yeah, that would be Wal-Mart. We see no reason to continue to give Wal-Mart money, while they send it overseas.
But the latest kicker is the CEO of Wal-Mart, and what he has done. In Arkansas, where Wal-Mart is headquartered, and where they are petitioning to send gays and lesbians back a few decades by taking their children away, and preventing them from raising children, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke has signed on as a petitioner. Yes, that means that every dime you spend at Wal-Mart not only goes to China, but also pays the salary of a biggot.
Don’t get me wrong. Mr. Duke certainly has every right to his freedom of expression, and can sign or petition anything. I just don’t think the GLBTQ community needs to give the man, or his company, one more cent.