Roses typically targets poor and minority communities as its consumers.
And critics of Pope, who happens to be Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget director, contend that this administration in general, and Pope in particular, has targeted poor and minority communities with a variety of policies: cutting jobless benefits, refusing Medicare expansion payments, pushing more restrictive voting policies that disproportionately affect minorities.
Statewide and even beyond, there have been calls for boycotts of Pope’s stores, which include Maxway and Roses.
Closer to home, the Carolina Peacemaker sounded the same call.
Wrote the local African American weekly’s editor, Afrique Kilimanjaro, in an Aug. 29 column:
It is crucial that we exercise the power of our collective pocketbook and stop spending our money with stores whose owners systematically disrespect our rights. Pope’s political machine seeks to destroy the civil and human rights progress we have made over the past 50 years in this state.
Do not spend your money with Roses or Maxway. Both are located in Greensboro, with a new Roses opening soon on East Cone Blvd. There are plenty of stores and merchants in the Gate City that will value our dollar and not try to undermine our rights.
A laurel and a hardy welcome to Greensboro, Artie!