Monday, November 10, 2008
FOOD APARTHEID: SOON COME? ALOMASTER-FRANKLIN AVENUE and SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO WAIT FOR LOCAL SUPERMARKETS
Not only would this essential supermarket bring greatly needed jobs to the local community, it would bring something that seems to be taken for granted by those who have a car and supermarket in their communities... fresh food, and more food choices for families with children and the elderly. Three years on since Katrina/Rita, this community, which has shown their commitment to rebuilding and revitalization, continues to wait for their supermarket.
Further west on St. Bernard Avenue and Claiborne, the Circle Food store continues to remain closed due to insufficient funding, a hardship for many in the 7th Ward and surrounding communities. And, it has only been within the last month that the mid-city Claiborne Avenue "Save-a-Lot" supermarket building, is being re-built.
One only needs to spend some time in the streets of New Orleans to see how insiduiously, demographic related racial profiling manifests in "city planning" efforts; a subtle message to those who have been waiting -those communities and individuals who are keenly aware of being been discounted in the eyes of those who control the funding of the revitalization of New Orleans, that the quality of your life, your family's life, is not a priority.
“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.