Perhaps Wal-Mart needs to hear from us. I’m not suggesting you not shop at Wal-Mart, because for many of us that isn’t really practical or desirable, but I do think a respectful e-mail and/or letter is in order.
I’m not big on boycotts because very few large companies are perfect in these respects, and if you are a purist on these matters you’ll wind up with nowhere to shop. It’s hard to do these things rationally anyway which is one reason boycotts don’t often work. During the Clinton years I was big on not buying Tyson chicken because Tyson was so in cahoots with Bill, but if you ever take a look at the grocery shelves, often times there isn’t a lot of chicken selection that isn’t Tyson. So my avoidance of Tyson was a frequent source of annoyance for my wife. But why was I avoiding Tyson and not all of the other companies that funded Bill? It was really because Tyson was a big name.
I don’t understand why large companies don’t avoid political giving altogether (other than what they do lobbying for their own interests) anyway, because you can’t make everyone happy and will primarily just tick some people off, especially in our increasingly polarized society. Does giving to some pro-abortion organization, for example, actually buy you good will from pro-abortion people or does it just tick off pro-life people? I suspect the latter.
In the case of Sharpton’s organization, it is commonly accepted that it is a shakedown racket, either give us money or we’ll make trouble for you on some trumped-up racial grounds. Well Wal-Mart is big enough that they should stand up to such bullying tactics. Wal-Mart allegedly manages to have the lowest prices in town because they play hardball with their suppliers. If they can play hardball with their suppliers, surely they can man up and tell All Sharpton to take a hike.
Apparently their giving to Sharton’s National Action Network (NAN) has been an issue in the past because they have addressed it in the past. Let’s turn up the heat.
Here is a list of other supporters of Sharpton’s NAN.
Unfortunately, none of these links have contact information.
Here is the link to the customer feedback section of their corporate website. One of the categories to check off is “Company Feedback and Questions.” Limit is 3000 characters.
I couldn’t find a specific address, but I am sure this will get it there.
Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716-8611