Whole Foods Takes Criticism for Baltimore Donations
Whole Foods inserted itself into America's conversation about police brutality on Tuesday. One of the company's Baltimore stores shared on its Facebook page a photo of National Guard troops holding Whole Foods donations—which the store gave to support law enforcement officers working to quell the protests sweeping the city after the death of Freddie Gray. The photo included a caption that read, "We Teamed up with Whole Foods Market Mt. Washington to make sandwiches for the men and women keeping Baltimore safe. We are so thankful to have them they're pumped for Turkey amp Cheese!"
The post generated dozens of negative responses on Twitter. On Facebook, the photo got 1.2k likes and 36 comments after being up for only an hour, but the tenor of those comments can no longer be viewed since the post was deleted.
On social media, the backlash was swift: "Whole Foods chooses to feed an occupying force over all the children not allowed to go to school in Baltimore today," one person tweeted. The photo was deleted from the store's Facebook page. City officials announced a 10 p.m. curfew, which will go into effect Tuesday night, on top of another curfew that exists for the city's young people. Schools were also shut down on Tuesday. In the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested, roughly 70 percent of residents are 24 years old or younger, and more than 25 percent live below the poverty line. Chances are they're going hungry today too.