Black People : American Dream: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

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  1. noor100

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    Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly what happened.
    Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.
    The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”
    “People got children out here that are hungry, thirsty,” local resident Robertstine Lambert told Fox54 in Augusta. “Why throw it away when you could be issuing it out?”
    SunTrust bank is trying to confuse the issue and not take direct responsibility for their actions. Their media relations officer Mike McCoy, stated, “We are working with store suppliers as well as law enforcement to dispose of the remaining contents of the store and secure the building.” Yet he also said that the food never belonged to SunTrust Bank.
    There is no need to sugar coat what happened. Teresa Russell, chief deputy of the Marshal’s Office in Richmond County, said the owner of the building ordered that the food be taken to the landfill. Some people even followed the truck to the landfill and were still turned away.
    In Richmond County, there are about 20 evictions per day, and the area surrounding the supermarket is one of the poorest in the state. According to the last available data, the poverty rate is 41 percent. Many people in that parking lot probably knew all too well how evictions work, and were in desperate need of the food assistance.
    This story is not some bizarre exception. It reeks of the truth of capitalism and is strikingly similar to the H&M scandal that broke in 2010 when clothes were being shredded before being thrown away, so as to make sure the value of the merchandise was unaffected.
    In a capitalist society, the motive behind the production of food is not to feed people, housing is not made to give them shelter, clothing is not made to keep them warm, and health care is not offered primarily to keep people healthy. All of these things, which are and should be viewed as basic rights, are nothing other than commodities—to be bought and sold—from which to make a profit. If a profit cannot be made, usually due to overproduction in relation to the market, the commodity is considered useless by the capitalist and destroyed.
    In this case, it appears the bank simply did not care. For the banks that have made their profits through evictions and foreclosures, it is little surprise that they showed no remorse in leaving people staring in disbelief, with empty bags, as they watched the food that could be feeding their families dumped into a landfill instead.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/americ...hungry-americans-restrained-by-police/5329966
     
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    How could people be so cruel? To know people need that food, not simply just want, and still follow through with disposing of it is just disturbing, to say the least.

    When a person has the opportunity to feed a mouth, and one so desperately needing food, they should take it up! And that was many mouths to feed! Regardless of the praise of men, you have helped your brothers and sisters see another day of hope; something we all need.
     
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    Yes, heartless and cruel, but there's so much of that in the world we live in, people hardly bat an eye over something like this.
     
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    alright.. I'll be the lawyer/PR rep for the Bank talking to you off the record:

    "Listen.. we're not in the food business.. and we were not really willing to accept the risk of someone getting sick and suing us. If the store was going to give that food away, they should have done it before they turned over possesion to us.."

    that said..

    That is the game.. it's not a people friendly arrangement.. they used to buy and sell us with the same system..
     
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    It's sad their fear of being sued would outweigh their compassion.
     
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    What compassion?
     
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    I take it you mean, they've none to give in the first place, huh?

    They have it, it's just dead and buried in a hardened heart, it would seem.
     
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    The banks are nothing more than modern day criminals. If you check the history of modern day banking you will see that is nothing more than a glorified PONZI SCHEME. It is interesting that Muslim banks do not charge interest or what the bible calls USURY.

    (All references are from the New King James Bible)
    25 " If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.
    26 "If you ever take your neighbor's garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down.
    27 "For that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What will he sleep in? And it will be that when he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious. (Exodus 22:25-27)
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    35 ' If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.
    36 'Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.
    37 'You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. (Leviticus 25:35-37)
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    19 " You shall not charge interest to your brother -- interest on money or food or anything that is lent out at interest.
    20 "To a foreigner you may charge interest, but to your brother you shall not charge interest, that the LORD your God may bless you in all to which you set your hand in the land which you are entering to possess. (Deuteronomy 23:19,20)
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    10 "I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury!
    11 "Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them." (Nehemiah 5:10,11)


    http://archive.org/details/cu31924022008142
    http://americansforfairnessinlending.wordpress.com/the-history-of-usury/
     
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