Brooklyn Food Co-Op Proves It's Not Just the Right Wing Who Is Racist (VIDEO)

The Park Slope Food Co-op is known in Brooklyn and beyond as a great place to shop for food where each one of its 16,000 member works for three hours every month. It is considered highly progressive.

Its members are also known for being to the left of center, sometimes in the most pretentious way possible. There is no better example of this than the co-op's recent attempt to "divest" from Israel by removing the few Israeli products they sell from their shelves.

The proposal was defeated Tuesday night by a significant margin, but the fact remains that 653 voted to stop stocking Israeli products. Anti-Semitism anyone? Oh no! But these people are righteous and social justice oriented NPR listeners, how can they be racist?

See the Daily Show take below:




The boycott would have been part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that believes (erroneously) that boycotting olive tapenade (made by farmers who donate money to peace organizations, by the way) and other Israeli exports will somehow magically force the Israeli government to withdraw from Palestinian territories.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

The fact is, there are too many conflicts to possibly boycott every single export that comes from a country where there is conflict. Even more important, however, is the truth: Israel is not to blame for everything that is happening over there.

Sure the earnest, "progressive", latte-sipping, NPR listening people who support this ban would love to have you think that is the case, but that is a gross oversimplification created by people who neither understand the whole of the conflict nor the history of the region.

Sure! Jump on the band wagon and ban the eight items the Co-op sells, which, by the way, are a seltzer-water maker, organic paprika, two styles of kosher marshmallows, three varieties of tapenade, and pesto.

That should do approximately nothing to get at real peace. In fact, the only thing it DOES accomplish is making the 653 people who voted for the ban look overly simplistic and not all that bright. They are followers of the highest order.

As Co-op member Peter Raskin told The New York Times:

These people are insidious, and they destroy communities. If they have a problem with Israel, let them go to the State Department.

Amen. Do something productive with your time, people. This is such a hopeless waste of that do-gooder energy. It is misplaced and dangerously uninformed.

This is the kind of earnest insanity that gives liberals a bad name. What a tremendous waste of time this is. That time could have been spent promoting peace by fostering a greater understanding between the two cultures, spending time actually educating oneself and reading about the history of the conflict or you know, getting a life.

This is laughable and the kind of thing that makes me embarrassed to be left of center. Luckily, a grand majority saw the truth about this, too.

What do you think of this ban?



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