...but since yesterday's horrid article from the Washington City Paper (to which I will make sure not to give interviews in the future) now shows up on the first page of a scroogle search for my name, I have had to officially respond. We'll see if they run it, but in the meantime:
Boycott is Beside the Point
I am writing in response to the piece by Mike Riggs called "Whole Foods Protesters Miss the Salad Bar" (8/18). Unfortunately, Mr. Riggs' poorly written and demeaning article seriously misrepresents both the conversation I had with him and my stance on boycotts. I was outside Whole Foods, as I told him, to publicly condemn CEO John Mackey's attacks on healthcare and labor in the United States, and to stand up for single payer healthcare. I was not there to boycott Whole Foods, nor was Mackey's stance "the reason [I] switched from Whole Foods to co-ops and farmers’ markets." I do shop at those places, as I told Riggs when asked, and have for a long time. And I have stopped shopping at Whole Foods, something I did infrequently in any case. But individualized consumer action was neither the point of yesterday's protest, nor is it something I believe has any effect on the larger picture, which is one of corporate control over our political system, in which CEOs making millions of dollars a year and fighting against human and labor rights for the rest of us have a chokehold on national policy. The fight for healthcare and for democracy is a collective struggle for justice, not an individualized responsibility to buy from one overpriced grocery store or another.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology