Sunday, September 30, 2007

Wal-Mart and Fisk

A Wal-Mart heiress is going to use part of her fortune--made through a corporation that forces its "Associates" to work after they punch out, a business that maintains sweatshop conditions abroad--to purchase a stake in Fisk University's art collection, which reportedly will pump in money to save Fisk's academic accreditation. The Wal-Matron is also pledging to renovate the Fisk art gallery and to provide an internship program in Arkansas for Fisk students.

Let's take a moment to consider the irony of an heiress, whose fortune is built on garnered servitude and plantation capitalism, riding in to save the accreditation of a university that was founded in part to commemorate the abolition of slavery.

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