Black residents oppose Trader Joes in Portland neighborhood, claim it would attract...

Black residents oppose Trader Joes in Portland neighborhood, claim it would attract too many white people


Council of Conservative Citizens

Why is it considered perfectly normal for residents of a black neighborhood to want to keep their neighborhood black? If the races had been reversed, the media would be denouncing the Portland African American Leadership Forum as the Ku Klux Klan.

The Trader Joe’s grocery-store chain has dropped a plan to open a new store in the heart of the city’s historically African-American neighborhood after activists said the development would price black residents out of the area.

The grocer, whose stores are found in urban neighborhoods across the nation, said Monday it wouldn’t press its plan, given community resistance, The Oregonian reported.

Critics said the development would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in one of the most rapidly gentrifying ZIP codes in the nation.

The Portland African American Leadership Forum said the development commission had in the past made promises about preventing projects from displacing community members but hadn’t fulfilled them.

It sent the city a letter saying it would “remain opposed to any development in N/NE Portland that does not primarily benefit the Black community.” It said the grocery-store development would “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations.”

Mayor Charlie Hales and the urban renewal agency’s executive director, Patrick Quinton, signed a letter in January that described what they said was the commission’s contributions “to the destructive impact of gentrification and displacement on the African American community.”

Trader Joe’s is based in Monrovia, Calif. Its store would have been the anchor of a two-building development that included space for four to 10 shops and 100 parking spaces. A company owned by African-Americans in Portland had been slated to build it.

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  1. bunch of racist same as faggots and lesbos , thy want us to accept their view/deathstyle, while opposing our values of which they have none

  2. My friends and I would love to have a Trader Joes in our area which is the metro east area (Collinsville/Edwardsville, Illinois) adjacent to St. Louis, MO. We have to drive to St. Louis to shop at Trader Joe's. There is Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and I know the college students would also like to shop there.

  3. Racial bigotry at work – what a crock. All people in the neighborhood would have benefited from new store. Some people only see color. They are ruining the world for the rest of us. I for one am sick of it. You want to make your race an issue -ok thats your choice. You only alienate yourself from the rest of society – people are sick of it.

  4. I was unaware that Trader Joes only allows white people to shop with them. I was also unaware that they have any agenda against minorities. I'm only partly white… all these years, I've been shopping there and no one has bothered to tell me I was unwelcome. I suppose they have a sign posted somewhere — I must have just missed it. Silly me!

  5. Does that mean I should protest popeyes chicken from opening in my European American neighborhood? Just might bring to many BLACK'S in my hood!!

  6. This is silly. Why would black people not want a new store in their area? Just to keep whites out? That sounds like the same thing they blame us for all the time. Why is it that whites can only be racist? It's hypocrisy and I bet you won't see it on the news.

  7. Blatant racism. They don't mind moving into a new section 8 house & ruining better neighborhoods do they. Now the actually want to keep other races out closing they are oppressed? Who's oppressing you? Obama, the illegals who took your jobs? Who exactly is responsible for YOUR ACTIONS?

  8. Why don't we set up Hawaiian Punch Stands on street corners? Because setting up ghetto blinds out of season is illegal.

  9. Ah, that would explain why they always put down a red carpet and cast down rose petals when I arrived there to shop. I wonder where the Portland Leadership thought they were going to get their employees from. Most businesses employ locally.

  10. Sounds like the neighborhood just canceled a nice building contract for some of their own.
    Trader Joe’s is based in Monrovia, Calif. Its store would have been the anchor of a two-building development that included space for four to 10 shops and 100 parking spaces. A company owned by African-Americans in Portland had been slated to build it.

  11. Does this mean we are going back to "separate but equal"? Since Obama's election the racial divide has strengthened.

  12. Rick Dewees Not quite true. Dr Ben Carson came from such and environment and look where he is now. Admittedly the Dr Carsons of this world are few, but since they do exist there can be others. It is such a pity that so many in the Black Community consider those wanting to be successful as "acting white"

  13. I didn't go to college but I do know that racial hate. I was a victim of violent mugging once. Yes it was a young black male. It took me a while to get over the trauma. But I did. We have neighbors who are Black and are the nicest people ever. I have told my neighbor about my story when she first moved in as a getting to know you. If you have a get to know you time like I did you can share personal story and really become connected like sisters. I stopped seeing colors.

  14. Trader Joe's isn't that expensive when compared to a Whole Foods. The people there have a choice: buy there or don't if it's too expensive. Are we sure this article isn't a joke a la "Onion"?

  15. HIlarious. Bet if we put some pot selling and liquor stores, a couple of McDonalds, a KFC, a food market that only sells watermellon and black eyed peas, and a check cashing business there, they would benefit then too right? <<<That's racist right?

    Hell, I just thought I was telling a joke…..

    As for me folks. You're either AMERICAN or a criminal. Until you can accept that, you just live a country with a title. That's all.
    -A Veteran-

  16. I have been putting European American on paperwork for a couple of years and also marking out white and either putting pink or tan in it's place instead.

  17. “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations.” They should WANT to increase the desirability of the neighborhood for “non-oppressed populations.” Unfortunately, so much black "leadership" would go out of business if they ended their oppression of the black community.

  18. We are all people! Race comes into play because the administration in DC has been encouraging racial divide – divide and conquer is their plan.
    I should start calling myself Native American, Irish, French, English-American

  19. Just as well, what ever blacks get their hands on they ruin, look at all of the major cities. You don't see other cultures destroying neighborhoods like the blacks do.

  20. No one knows how stupid they are until someone tells them, but I guess it's a moot point because they won't understand anyways.

  21. I guess you would prefer that they were the fucking stupid inbred type that you are obviously so familiar with.

  22. I don't know why the NIGGERS are upset, just sell more drugs or steal a little more and you too can afford to shop there
    Stupid NIGGERS

  23. Well its a true statement that this could further effect income inequality they arent making up bullshit and besides, from the sound of half you racist perpetuatures you should be happy that white people dont have to go to the hood to get to Trader Joes in their area. The Black Community has every right to preserve their historical district. Start with trader joes and then how do you stop other coporations from moving in? You dont. And the community changes and the history is altered and lost. Dont be ignorant and pull the "black people dont adhere to the rules they fight for" card because thats not what is going on here. And if you feel so strongly about this issue then build a Churchs Chicken in the predominantly white communities surrounded with higher end restaraunts and shopping and tell me your cool with it.

  24. How is this NOT considered racism? I DESPISE double standards. Trader Joe's coming would provide J-O-B-S! Doesn't the Portland AA Forum care about THAT at all?! Sheesh.

  25. i for one love church's chicken and also trader joes is actually really cheap. They're not really a high end grocery chain, just offers healthier alternatives because most of the food they sell is under their own brand. Now if it was Whole Foods, I'd understand.

  26. The problem is particularly acute among black men, who have especially high rates of HIV infection, she said. According to CDC statistics, one in every 16 black men will become infected with HIV during his lifetime…………….Teach your children well.

  27. blacks are racists..

    Very same city that just sued a Christian bakery for refusing to make a gay wedding cake… yeah tell me this is acceptable…

  28. Thats what i mean you dont see a churchs chicken around an area of wealth… next to saks 5th ave. The people on here screaming about racial dispositions arent seeing it from the standpoint the Black Community is making. By bringing in Trader Joes you open a historical district made of ma and pa stores ip to corporations and there goes the neighborhood.

  29. Looks like the black community shot themselves in the foot. A BLACK owned company was slated to build it. Hope those company owners show those ingorameses the error of their ways.

  30. " It said the grocery-store development would “increase the desirability of the neighborhood,” for “non-oppressed populations.”"

    In other words, it might attract people with jobs, who are not on welfare and maybe some 2-parent heterosexual households. You know… the dregs of society.

  31. How many jobs did they just turn away .. Cut off the aid .. No more freebies earn your life .. Or fck off to Liberia

  32. We all are sick of it…People need to decide what they really want. One minute people feel like businesses will not come into their communities, then once some of them decide, now you don't want them? Why????

  33. Well, that's one way to make sure they don't get off the plantation. Make sure there are no jobs in the Hood. You certainly don't want to "displace and price out the black residents" Yea, right. Can't have whites coming into the hood and running all out our " Unlicensed Pharmacologists (drug dealers), Undocumented Family Members (burglars), Free-Lance Wealth Distributors ( armed robbers ) or Really, Really Late ,Late Term Abortion Providers ( murders )" It would also upset our local business providers ( gangs )

  34. I'd love to have a Trader Joe's but I read the article & can understand their concerns. It says it's in one of the most rapidly "gentrifying" zip codes in the country. Charlotte has experienced this in various pockets. Some areas were derelict & the gentrification helped but others were predominantly black & with the "yuppies" moving in & buying up cheap properties & then the demand increases makes prices rise which makes property taxes rise which prices people out of their homes. It happened to the barrier islands like Hilton Head. The old shrimping families got taxed off their land. It's going to happen here. People like us can't afford residential tax rates for fallow farmland. The Ag. qualifications or forestry are restrictive & some of our "options" are not what we want to do with the land. Not sure what we'll do but hang on…at least for awhile.

  35. Let me tell you something, Kristen….I live in Indiana, about 2 hours from Cincinnati. There is an awesome market in downtown Cincy, in the middle of the damn GHETTO and I go there as often as I can. It's called Findlay Market. It's phenomenal, and it does a LOT to employ the locals and brings in all kinds of business to the area to promote it and improve it. If you think for one second that a big business like Trader Joe's moving into that neighborhood wouldn't be a huge improvement to it, bringing in money and jobs, then you are just a fool. White people don't give two shits WHERE they have to go to shop and get good deals, at least the ones with BRAINS like me!

  36. Warren A. Dobler It's a matter of logic…if a new store opens in the 'hood and they hire local residents, it means that their welfare checks and government assistance would be cut. It's good to keep people poor because they can blame the conservatives and keep the Democratic voter pool intact.

  37. Terry Phillips It does not create a problem at all, there will be sufficient numbers unwilling to work, and they can always denounce the ones who don't tow the line as trying to be white. Much as they do with Black Conservatives. While the Democratic party has convinced the vast majority of people they are in support of the Black Community (Notice the Black vote for Pres. Obama the 2nd time around) About 25% of the Democratic Senate tried to hold up the Civil Rights Act, and about 94% of the Republicans voted to pass it, Democratic Pres. Lyndon Johnson signing it into law has enabled his party to seize credit for its passing. Since then it has been a losing battle getting the truth out. I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps, some of my fellow Marines were black and among the finest people you will ever meet, so I know you cannot discredit the whole race. However, 40 years of the Democrats telling them they cannot succeed without their help has taken its toll. Tell someone they are worthless for a long enough period of time and after a while they will believe you.

  38. Steve Harper you're so eloquent. i already knew you were a moron as soon as i read your post, there was no need to confirm it. i must admit though, i have you at a disadvantage. you can't smash what you can't understand over the internet, so you're forced to actually use words and i know that isn't your strong suit. sorry about that big guy. guess you'll just have to go find some minorities to harass. you get 'em good for me bubba.

  39. KMSL!!! There is no such thing as reverse racism. Also, they did not say white people or are you saying that white people in whole are not oppressed people and are oppressing others.. which is it

  40. We are all people! Race comes into play because the administration in DC has been encouraging racial divide – divide and conquer is their plan.
    I should start calling myself Native American, Irish, French, English-American

  41. Maybe Trader Joe's doesn't accept EBT? I know that was a racist thing to say but you know what how many of you were thinking it. I'm way beyond the PC collar around our necks. If they want to play the race card everyday then they get what they deserve.

  42. Nicolas Ruesch Quote from your own article: A month later, the NAACP wrote an editorial on The Huffington Post calling the city’s deal a “case study in gentrification.” The controversy was too much for Trader Joe’s.

    So what's the point? Gentrification has been a buzzword for "We're happy to live in our filth, just as long as it's black filth" (I'm black and from Newark, NJ btw) for a long time. I guess the rabble-rousers are happy, just as long as healthy foods stay out of the 'hood…

  43. Sad how the ones that make the racist comments on here have their page private. They act so cowardly calling people names but are afraid to let anyone know who they are. GOD made all of us and I don't think hate and bigotry are the pathway to heaven. They are real brave about spreading hate and calling names behind a computer, and that's the lowest of the low. Will pray for them.

  44. According to the census blacks are the minority there and according to the article they were the only ones that bitched and since no one else spoke up for it; no one else's voice was heard. The neighborhood lost out.

  45. Maybe it's time to give them their own state inwhich they can break away from the union and start their own country. Their own goverment, police, schools and their own tax system to pay for it all.

  46. Nicolas Ruesch – Yeah, I figured this story was a crock of shit when I read it on facebook. Listening to all the other replies to this story, I see why I couldn't find much on this outside of far right, race baiting sites. Thanks for your link.

  47. Mike Black You're welcome! There's a tendency to "divide and conquer" in articles like this. They seem to want to make us think that all the working class problems are because of "the others" when the companies ruining the economy are run by white millionares.

  48. Ok. I read it. The activists want "affordable housing" on the lot instead of a supermarket. I put "affordable housing" in quotation marks because what "affordable housing" really means is "ghetto project slums." Keep it black, keep it poor, keep it hopeless. Keep it voting for Democrats. That's Black Power.

  49. Joseph Welch That's your take. There is a lot of white people that today can't afford to pay rent, and let's not talk about buying a house. Everybody who is poor is because they're lazy scumbags? Come on!

  50. Nicolas Ruesch Every, so-called, activist group which yells loud enough to override the will of the community, makes that community worse. This story is but one of thousands of activist groups who tout racism and inequality and those "forcibly" returned to the inner-city. Who was forcibly returned to the inner-city? Does this group show numbers? Of course not! They are Leftists who do not want blacks to succeed in America. They want blacks to stay on the plantation. They want blacks to be separate from society, in a society of their own which teaches them to hate anyone outside of their society. They want control. And with Barack Obama as the head plantation master, it makes it easier for the Leftist activist groups to keep blacks rounded up in ghetto cages.

  51. Joseph Welch I'm not defending the activist group, Joseph. I am saying that it's not the community who are opposing A trader Joe's being built. In fact they want it to be built: "Residents rushed to correct the record: the neighborhood does want Trader Joe’s, they said. “Was there a vote? This should be reevaluated,” said Kymberly Jeka, an artist who lives a few blocks away. “This is not what the neighborhood people want. This is terrible.”

    My problem is that people are talking here as if the whole community there are opposed, which is not the case. Just that particular activist group that does not speak on behalf of the whole community.

  52. Nicolas Ruesch and if you've never lived the experience, never had the community rally against a new shopping complex, then do you really know what you're talking about, or are you trying to make yourself feel better by agreeing with it?

    Back when I was young and Dummocratic, we rallied against a Pathmark being built in my old neighborhood in Newark, in order to "protect" the 3-4 neighborhood markets. Nevermind the local store owners were engaged in price gouging and delivering sub-standard, nearly spoiled food. Flash forward to about 2000 – the supermarket was built and the neighborhood around it – oh the horror! – is improving. Including a black owned IHOP and a black-managed CVS pharmacy.

    Keep holding onto the illusion that low-cost housing does anything more than breed slothful behavior. It's actually quite racist.

  53. Giacomo Knox You don't know the first thing about me, sir. So don't talk about me as if you do. If you were dumb and young (your words) and now you use you personal experience to prejudge, that is your problem, not mine. I am neither young nor dumb. So please, do not project. But anyways, the neighbours WANT the store to be built. Like the article says, it's just ONE activist group that does not. They do not speak on behalf of the whole community. Does every white american activist speak on your behalf? Same thing.

  54. Joseph Welch I wonder what they will do with the newly legal Mexicans . After all, the new batch of illegals will still work cheaper. Still, I admit i never quite understood why it is OK to make an illegal entry into the country and undocumented immigration is just fine, but if you make an illegal entrance into a bank and make an undocumented withdrawal that is wrong.

  55. Nicolas Ruesch I am commenting on the activist group. In fact, that is all I have commented about. Leftist activist groups are all about tearing things down; America in particular. The people who wanted the supermarket were described as shop owners and "contributing" members of the community, who were shouted over by the people who want to tear things down. You don't even know if the activist group members LIVE in the community.

  56. Joseph Welch Good for you! All the time I've been talking about how it's not "the black community" the ones not wanting a Trader Joe's being built, just the same activist group you're referring to. And why am I talking about it? Because in this article they make it sound as if "the blacks" don't want honky living in the hood. Which, as you and I know, it's not true.

  57. This article is confusing. Portland, unqualified, refers to Portland, Maine. If you want to refer to Portland, Oregon, which was founded after and named after Portland (Maine), you must include the “Oregon.”


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