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Perfecting My Jenifer Lewis Face To Fight White Supremacy

My sophomore year in college, I found a surprisingly spacious studio for a reasonable price and made the move from my mama’s basement to a just-off-campus apartment. I had only been in it a week when I realized the house across from me was a frat house, a White one. I don’t recall the name of the fraternity, but I do remember the tipped over car on the lawn after one particularly loud, all-night kegger. I remember the crushed plastic cups always strewn across the steps, the sidewalk, and the street. I remember the bonfire, and by bonfire I mean pile of 24-pack beer boxes, wooden chairs, and clothes the frat boys sometimes lit up in a trash can to the left of their porch. Most of all, I recall a game they played, who knows the name, that involved filling balloons with a water and something-like-pasta sauce mixture then throwing them at each other while they dodged between people’s cars, mine included, on the crowded one-way street where we lived. Sure, people complained. Even I called the police once, which is notable because I had never called the police before, for anything. Nothing happened. Campus security, and even the real police would roll through, but the frat house behavior went unchecked. As irritating as this was, there mere existence isn’t what brought on my Jenifer Lewis face.

I discovered my Jenifer Lewis face when, at the start of the fall semester, campus security and Milwaukee County Police joined forces to shut down a back to school party just blocks from my apartment. The party, which I happily attended, was packed with Black bodies dancing and hugging and laughing in all the ways we needed to face another semester at a PWI; we raised our hands and voices to Nas’s “If I Ruled the World,” all the while knowing the White boys around the corner actually do. The party eventually spilled out from my friend’s small, first floor apartment and onto the front lawn. Some of us were taking a moment to catch our breath in the crisp, cool breeze rustling through the golden and fire red trees of autumn in Milwaukee. Some of us were just shooting the shit, talking about midterms or who was getting down with who once the last jam played. Were we loud? Probably. Were we standing around laughing, slapping fives, and dranking? Of course. Were we burning shit, turning over cars, throwing homemade pasta-sauce-grenades at each other and fucking up people’s cars? Absolutely not. 

When the campus and city police showed up, flashing lights and shining ultra-bright beams across the lawn and into our faces, they ordered us, via bullhorn, to either go inside or go home. Shit was a scene from “Higher Learning.” When too few of us responded, the police whooped their siren and repeated their order: Go inside or go home. The campus security made their way out of their cars, holding flashlights and already calling for college IDs. The city police opened their doors in support of the move, ready to jump out and accost anyone who moved too slowly. The security checked for identification and made moves to shut down the party. I knew the look I had on my face, but more importantly, I knew the way I felt, that acrid and heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach, was telling me something I needed to remember. The world works one way for them and another way for us. And this is America. 

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This was never more clear than when I moved to Florida shortly after graduating from Marquette. I took an IT consulting position that relocated me to sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. I worked with a diverse set of people, both nationally and internationally, but the folks at the very top never looked like me. In fact, they looked like mostly sober, clean-shaven versions of the frat boys who lived across the street from me in the not-so-distant past. New to area, I hadn’t spent a lot of time in the south. All I knew were beaches and beach trolleys, sun hats and sunsets. I was quickly introduced to a lot of things—some good (Cuban bread, mango and avocado trees growing in back yards), others troubling (Confederate flags on pick-up trucks everywhere, all the time), and still another a great but confusing marvel of contemporary shopping that, at the time, I had no frame of reference for… my first Walmart.

I had stepped into the superstore on the Northside of St. Petersburg (a city historically segregated by north and south by Central Avenue, North for Whites and South for Black people. The lines are blurring now though. See also: Gentrification. See Also: Urban Colonialism) because it was open late, and them long days as a consultant many times stretched past normal store hours. The looks started the moment I stepped out of my car and followed me all the way in to the bright overhead lights. Still in my smart, I’m-coming-for-a-management-position-suit and pinstriped shirt, I walked up and down the aisles, marveling at how tires, socks, DVD players, rifles, bikes, and Juicy Juice could share the same space. And without a membership? Walmart was off the chain. More remarkable than the stock in the place was me taking stock of the place. Other than two others, who were both workers, I seemed to be the only person of color in the entire store. And these White people, trying to enjoy their late-night shopping experience, were mad at me. They were mad I was in their store, on their side of town, and they were mad that I had on a suit, mad that I apparently had a job. The hate palpable, their mouths tight frowns and their eyes slits of accusation. I called my sister while I stood in line the shit was so ridiculous. I remember saying, Jenifer Lewis face intact, voice not even a little hushed, “You should see how these White people staring at me in this Walmart though. Like they ain’t never seen no Black woman with a job before.”

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The looks continued, regardless of how I was dressed, and we know what those looks are like when we enter spaces where we aren’t really welcome: which as a Black person can be anywhere from a local bar to shopping mall, Wall Street to Silicon Valley. White folk are not only confused by the presence of Black people sharing space with them, but seem offended by it at times, angered by it even. Their faces, Strom Thurmond and Ann Coulter faces, frowning and pinched, tells me what I already knew, what we already know: a lot of White people hate seeing anybody but them doing anything pleasurable, earning any type of success, moving through the world like we free. They faces stay on some “Who let you do that? Who let you have that? Who let you in here?”

So, I’m a college professor now and shit remains the same. When I first started teaching, I got challenged by students fairly regularly, and most often by White students, White women in particular—that 54% that were pro-cheeto and anti-pantsuit didn’t really surprise mewho wanted to question my credentials and ability, who wanted to know how old I was and where I grew up. Basically, they wanted to know who “let” me teach a college class. You know what face I had on when they called themselves questioning me. Anyway, about four years ago, I worked on the grade grievance committee and the overwhelming majority of cases we reviewed as a committee were White students who, even as their mediocre work was passed around the table, stood firm in their insistence that their failing grade was undeserved, unearned. To file a grievance, the student had to prove that his or her grade was given capriciously. The burden of proof lies on the student; more often than not the student had no evidence—only anger and bitterness, as detailed in their rambling, poorly written grievance statements. These students, multiple absences, missing assignments, and low exam scores be damned, did not understand how they could have failed. The answer was clear as day to me and the other professors, students, and administrators on the committee: the student performed poorly but felt entitled to grades he or she didn’t earn. They wanted the passing grade because, and this is actually from one of the cases, “I just feel like I should have passed.”

This one student, in my mind he is wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat but this was like four years ago so that wasn’t really a thing then, came wearing a camo button-up shirt with cut-off sleeves, jeans, and flip-flops, took one look at the committee (a diverse mix of individuals—various cultural backgrounds and more women than men), and rolled his eyes so hard I thought he’d pass out. He sat down hard, leaned back and manspreaded himself in his chair. He pushed his cap—it was for some bait company or fishing cove or something really—back on his forehead and crossed his arms. A colleague of mine read his grievance aloud, something about his professor hating him because he was outspoken in class, refusing to take his make-up work, and grading too hard on material that “wasn’t even talked about really.” Riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors, it was clear that this mediocre student “worked” to quite possibly the best of his aggressively mediocre ability, but felt that he deserved something he didn’t really earn. He sat there, waiting to be awarded something because he wanted it, no other reason, but that he wanted it. His professor didn’t attend, but she sent a packet of the work the student had turned in (including notes about online assignments that had been plagiarized) as well as copies of the attendance. When pressed about his wack ass work and poor attendance, his answer sent chills through my spine: “Look,” he said, leaning on the table then shrugging, “I took this class twice already. I have to pass it this time so I can apply for the Police Academy.”

True. Story.

I didn’t know what to say, but I know what my face said. 

The student reminded me of those frat boys who lived across the street. His attitude made me think about how mad a lot of White folk are about the progress and success of the very people they’ve fought so hard to oppress, and it renewed in me the understanding that White supremacy is built upon a plagiarism of “we built it” and a hijacking of creativity, that it operates on the assumption that White is better, smarter, and deserves success even in its proud and aggressive mediocrity. And this, is America.

My Jenifer Lewis face has been a go-to over the years, and 2016, particularly the election, has placed in me a particular challenge. I don’t want to minimize the damage the incoming administration has the potential to cause—as a Black lesbian woman, I’m hella worried. Hell, as a human, I’m hella worried—nukes and climate-change-deniers will destroy every inch of this place including your passport. Yet, being who I am, and knowing what I know about White supremacy and the realities of racism, I cannot afford to enter 2017 in fear. None of us can. We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing since the beginning of time: We must continue to figure out their systems—some of us working within them to interrupt that shit, others of us creating new systems, new approaches, new realities—and, we must continue to find our own way to success and pleasure. We got to hold on to what we know about America, what we know about ourselves, and Jenifer Lewis face anything and anyone who mistakenly thinks they about to stop our shine.

Sheree Greer

Sheree L. Greer is the author of two novels, Let the Lover be and A Return to Arms, and recently published a writing guide for student writers called Stop Writing Wack Essays. Sheree founded Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support women writers of color. She eats hella tacos, plays her music too loud, and believes hot sauce is the true nectar of the gods.

  • Courtney Wheeler

    Jenifer Lewis is indeed a national treasure…and stays working…

    Slay Queen.

    • HouseOfBonnets

      She’s is a global treasure tbh lol

    • TeeChantel

      Ahh, great minds! She definitely is!

    • She is the BEST.

  • kingpinenut

    Great piece – so many times I had to stop…cause…*flashbacks*

    The trauma of being a black person in the so called united states of america

  • HouseOfBonnets

    Standing ovation to all of this…. I would also like to add my go to meme/mood for the next four years besides the incomparable Jennifer Lewis: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aeff04024aadaccb854719907416645ffe0ee5ed1ea67a1ec3fcee13eef20628.gif

    • Courtney Wheeler

      I just noticed her Santa dabbing sweater…love it

      • blueevey

        Anyone else see that senators kid dab at the swearing in ceremony?

        • Courtney Wheeler

          Yup. What was that all about?

          • Cheech

            It’s the rage among white kids in grade school.

            • NonyaB?

              Meaning that trend is officially dead, LOL.

              • miss t-lee

                It was dead after last year’s super bowl…lol

                • Cheech

                  That’s where they learned it. That and that guy who dabbed Dell Curry after a Warriors game last year. That is now the height of 4th grade comedy.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Oh, I’m aware. I’m just saying that it’s now dead, but white kids ain’t get that memo…lol

              • Mochasister

                Yep. You know something is officially not cool when little white kids and little old white ladies are doing it. By the time they’re doing it, we’ve gone on to something else.

            • LMNOP

              Stunting for the musically

        • miss t-lee

          Yup…lol

        • SPG

          Yeah…. I rolled my eyes so hard…kinda like this gif

      • KW

        My store manager was wearing that right before Christmas. He’s an… Interesting grown man

    • YES! I need to put this at the bottom of all my emails to my dean.

    • crissle is the love of my life

  • Blargg (formerly That Guy)

    I was thinking of Jenifer Lewis earlier today and how much I loved her as the dean on A Different World. Great actress, we’ll all be making her face a lot over the next few years.

  • StillSuga

    When describing your college experience I was for certain you were going to say you went to Western Illinois University because if you weren’t telling my college truth, smh. Good post!

    • That PWI experience is real, boo. Thank you for reading.

  • SandyTodd

    60 year old white woman here. Thank you. And I know those rural white boys with the camo shirts and bait store caps. That’s why I have NO sympathy for any of this rural rust belt economic woe bullshit. I know these boys and they are mostly boys until the day they die. They want a $25 hr “man’s job” while griping about union pay and entry level and every other excuse to deny anybody else a decent paycheck. People who are actually out there doing the work. Plus, for every logger, miner, farmer, fisherman, or other resource based job – there are massive retraining programs if they just exercise their brain in the slightest to keep up with new technology.

    • Furious Styles

      Thank you. Which is why this whole “smug liberals made us elect Orange Crazy” narrative is so much trash.

      Someone posted this here two months ago, but it’s apropos again…
      http://forsetti.tumblr.com/post/153181757500/on-rural-america-understanding-isnt-the-problem

      • Marceline

        We need to keep sharing that piece until Cheeto’s out of office.

      • FeeFee

        This was a great article. Thanks for sharing this.

        • Furious Styles

          You’re welcome. Actually one of the VSBs here introduced this…I can’t remember who at the moment.

      • Mary Burrell

        LOL @Orange Crazy

      • This article tho! Thank you for sharing. I’m seeing this sentiment more and more in my classrooms: “Education is the enemy of fundamentalism because fundamentalism, by its very nature, is not built on facts. The fundamentalists I grew up around aren’t anti-education. They want their kids to know how to read and write. They are anti-quality, in-depth, broad, specialized education. Learning is only valued up to the certain point. Once it reaches the level where what you learn contradicts doctrine and fundamentalist arguments, it becomes dangerous.”

        • Furious Styles

          Hey, what do you teach? At what level?

          • I teach mostly first and second year college students: composition I and II, African American Literature, Intro to Creative Writing, and Fiction Workshops I and II.

      • Junegirl627

        i’m a catholic. Go to church on major holidays and when i just feel like a heathen because its been so long since i was there. But my religion has never really effected my beliefs and desire to be a professional or attain knowledge. So this whole there’s no god in higher education thought process is beyond stupid to me.

    • Otherjen

      Yes. Half of my family is white, and this perfectly describes a couple of my thirty-something male cousins on that side. Everything should be handed to them, even though they’ve done nothing to merit it. And of course they bitch about “affirmative action”, etc.

      • Diego Duarte

        Every time. Every. Dmn. Time. It’s like Affirmative Action is their go-to boogeyman for EVERYTHING. That and the Civil Rights Act. Because, “why shouldn’t businesses be allowed the freedom to choose who they carry out their business with??? Why do you hate liberty you statist?!?!?!?!”

        By Marx’s beard, they’ll go to any lengths to ignore their privilege. And I get that it’s hard believing in white privilege when you amounted to absolutely nothing despite it, but seriously, how can anybody be THIS blind?

        • Janelle Doe

          They will Diego; even threatening car manufacturers while their women’s boots, bed sheets and men’s shirts are manufactured in China (!)

          • Blackberry02

            …and Donald Trump’s ties and Ivanka’s coats and dresses…

        • Question

          Of course they’ll go to great lengths to ignore their privilege – you (they) can’t acknowledge privilege and admit failure…or else what’s that really say about you (them)?! And that acknowledgement calls into question everything they’ve been led to believe about superiority.

          Doubly privileged (White and male) and still stuck at life? Bruh you might as well give up.

          • Blackberry02

            It’s like they got a head start on a race they’re running by themselves and they still lose…

            • lkeke35

              ??????
              This is tru fax!

        • Dang: “And I get that it’s hard believing in white privilege when you amounted to absolutely nothing despite it.” True.

          • lkeke35

            Yes, I love that phrase!

          • Mary Burrell

            You’re a great writer.

    • Junegirl627

      “for every logger, miner, farmer, fisherman, or other resource based job – there are massive retraining programs if they just exercise their brain in the slightest to keep up with new technology.”

      Thank you! I freaking love you! I was saying the other day. The rust belt economic decline came from alot of people thinking that changing with the times is a bad thing. and allowed the world to leave them behind.

      • miss t-lee

        So true. They got lost in the sauce.

        • esa

          they need to do what every self-respecting, red-blooded American white male does when they can’t hack it in the USA: move to China.

          • miss t-lee

            *cackling*

            • esa

              i has stories. also, in China they will be worshiped for their white manness. they really need to scoot.

              • miss t-lee

                Oh I can imagine that you do.

              • Blackberry02

                Awww…scoot.

                I personally love “skidaddle” and “git”.

                • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

                  GIt is my fav

          • L8Comer

            lol I thought you were going to say pull themselves up by their bootstraps, this was so much better.

            Enjoying the book recommendation btw.

            • esa

              (giggle) it’s a win for everyone.

              glad to hear it about the book ~*~

      • DM.

        I saw Trump going around West Virginia, PA and them talking about “bringing the coal miners back to work” and i was like “in freaking 2016?”
        Lmao.
        Get off that meth pipe and get a marketable degree like the rest of us.
        And they say black folks are lazy…

        • IAmMikeBrown

          You didn’t know? Did you see the lengths they went to to NOT pick their own cotton?

          • Janelle Doe

            “Youuuu pick the cotton; Iiiiii make the t-shirt” – Russell Peters.
            Seriously though, the scenes in Hidden Figures where the guy gives the woman only part of the information and she still slays OR the scene in 12 years when Solomon builds the house against all odds and the wyt guy is so pissed he tears the whole thing down have me sobbing to this day.
            How much do we know about that feeling…
            *off to practise my Jenifer Lewis face

            • Rachelajones

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            • Mary Burrell

              Those scenes where the trifling 2520 gets ethered by the intelligent black persons are epic. They bring me joy.

        • Junegirl627

          1000000000 upvotes for this

        • Mary Burrell

          Preach??

        • Denise Johnson

          Dont forget the Cheeto is bringing background steel too!

      • It’s like white anger= white laziness. They don’t want to improve themselves and then expect people to stand behind them while the world passes them by.

        • Junegirl627

          That sums it up quite nicely

    • JBusy

      This.

      In a time where folks are calling for all to empathize with rural America – this.

      No American has the privilege to live in the same town and engage in the same economic way of life as 1950’s America, yet some feel entitled to such a thing. I work in the rural midwest and the most ridiculous example of this mindset are college students who expect to be Marine Biologists and live in central Wisconsin.

    • L8Comer

      I had been wondering whether there were retraining programs for coal miners. I had no Indra there were massive programs. Good to know

    • Mary Burrell

      I wish I could give this one million up votes.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    All that’s missing is you singing Jennifer and Brady’s Ain’t nobody got time for that.

    • I was singing it as I wrote it… but the way my voice is set up… Ain’t nobody got time for *that.*

    • BrownBearBear

      That song is my spiritual hymn, mantra, and prayer when I leave the house everyday.

  • NonyaB?

    Great post! @Fedup, is that you? Pic looks similar to your avatar.

    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

      I don’t think so

    • MsSula

      I was wondering why the face looked familiar!!!

      • NonyaB?

        Right? Although @IzUp2U:disqus didn’t confirm, she didn’t deny it either, so we can ignore Mr mostly-wrong @disqus_NauO1vWEEq:disqus on this one. ?

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          The fact that I have been consistently wrong in the past is no indicator of performance in the future. I am the stock market of the comment section.

          • NonyaB?

            Wholesome all American.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              Interesting watching the author of the post reply to Fedup. Must be a split personality.

              • NonyaB?

                Must be Kas shenanigans behind this. Mistake or not, it’s all your fault.

                • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                  No ma’am.

                • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                  fedup Shutter_Fly
                  16 hours ago
                  That just made my entire day. Blessed are we all for the life of Jenifer Lewis
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                  Sheree Greer fedup
                  4 hours ago
                  And let the chu’ch say “Amen!”

                  • NonyaB?

                    Well. Da?nit. Still your fault. Now, quit blowing her cover/ruining my theories.

  • Darkchloe144

    Loved every word of this post! May I don the peak-shade-Jenifer-Lewis-glare whenever appropriate for years to come (tho, it’d be nice if the frequency of it being appropriate would DECREASE instead of INCREASE for years to come). Oh yeah…
    ““Look,” he said, leaning on the table
    then shrugging, “I took this class twice already. I have to pass it this
    time so I can apply for the Police Academy.””https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ff529c9074232dd272762b19ec34d7bd15d2189a2a61f432c5277a8f6d756967.gif

    • Blackberry02

      Anytime they start off their sentence with “look”, I know some fucks*it is about to follow.

      • Cheech

        That’s like when a woman says, “first of all,”

        http://images.memes.com/meme/387155

        • Blackberry02

          LOL @pie charts! I may or may not have had my PowerPoint slides ready for a dude…

    • This is *exactly* what I felt like doing. Ain’t enough face-palms, wall slides, or forehead-drops in the world.

  • blueevey

    Sn: how is it that a 20 something yr old had never been to walmart?

    Aren’t they everywhere in America? Especially small towns? And in every major city?

    Like I’m really amazed that someone could go 20 yrs without a walmart…

    (If they grew up in the us of a)

    • miss t-lee

      Well, they were originally only down in the south for a while. Depends on what year this took place.

      • DB Ruberto

        Agreed— I grew up in Michigan and honestly don’t remember going into a Wal-Mart before my 30s. We had Mejiers (which is a MUCH better version of Wal-Mart). Only reason I go in there now is because I’m in the south (VA).

        • miss t-lee

          Growing up in Texas and neighboring where they started– Arkansas, we grew up with them. I still remember them being closed on Sundays back in the 80s.
          We loved going as kids because they had good popcorn and slushees…lol

          • IAmMikeBrown

            My brother and I useta partake of the donut holes and mini-arcade (Donkey Kong, Tempest, Dig-Dug, Qbert).

            • miss t-lee

              Oh man!!!!! You took me back talking about the arcade. I forgot about that til now!!

        • Otherjen

          Meijer is the real deal.

        • Waddup doe?

        • Brother Mouzone

          Shout out, fellow native Michigander!

    • JBusy

      I grew up in the Midwest during the late 80s/90s and we were Target/K-Mart heavy. Not many Wal-Mart up until the 2000s – for perspective, I was on my way to college by the early 2000s.

      • Fun fact: in the mall closest to where I grew up, the Walmart replaced the K-Mart and the Target replaced the Caldor. They just renovated those buildings and kept it pushing.

        • JBusy

          That’s a bit similar to my area – the Venture was replaced by the K-Mart…but Target and Wal-Mart said screw that building and built their own locations in the same shopping center.

          Caldor sounds similar to and went the way of Venture.

        • kingpinenut

          Caldor…lawd the memories!

          • Who remembers Bradlees? It replaced the Wooolworth’s on Union Sq. and now that space is a Whole Foods. #OldAF

            • kingpinenut

              #teamoldaf

              Where my geritol at???!!

      • miss t-lee

        We had K-Mart’s here, but pretty sure I didn’t see a Target til the late 90’s.

        • Lea Thrace

          shiiid. Savannah didnt get a target until like 05 or 06.

          • miss t-lee

            Goodness.

            • Lea Thrace

              We had like 3 Walmarts and multiple Kmarts and a Sams Club back then doe.

              We are up to 5 Walmarts at present. Still only one Target.

              • miss t-lee

                LOL
                The only thing we have more of than Wal-Marts are HEB’s (regional grocer).
                K-Mart’s been gone. Couple Targets.

                • RaeRae

                  HEB goes hard! Ours here on Hwy 6 is awesome!

                  • miss t-lee

                    HEB is the truth and the light.

                    • BatmansExWife

                      Best thing about HEB for me is the Jelly Belly machines

                    • miss t-lee

                      LOL
                      I’ve seen them, but never used them.

                    • BatmansExWife

                      That ish is dangerous. $17 for 2lbs of cotton candy jelly bellies. SMH lol I’ll be back in Texas in the next few weeks and I plan to hit it up and sneak the candy on the plane.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Hahahahah. That’s great.

                    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                      Why do you have to sneak it on?

                    • BatmansExWife

                      So I can feel surprised when I’m unpacking and see a bag of candy. Mostly so I don’t feel guilty. Sneaking it for myself and my fat behind.

                    • IAmMikeBrown

                      Also, the way.

                    • miss t-lee

                      YES.

                  • MsSula

                    My fancy HEB in Westchase (Westheimer and Kirkwood) was the bomb.com

                • MsSula

                  It’s one of the things I miss the most about Tejas. I looooooved my HEB! And I went to college in San Antonio which is the hometown of HEB.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Yup! I remember. ?

              • Tonis

                Completely off topic but… we got two Targets now! Had for at least two years. One at the mall and one on Victory

                If you’re talking about Savannah GA

                • Lea Thrace

                  oh snap. there’s one on Victory now? I didnt even know. I almost never venture to that area. I stay on the Southside when I visit.

                  • orchid921

                    I used to live on the Southside of Savannah! Across the street from Oglethorpe Mall … small world!

        • RaeRae

          I will drive past 5 Walmarts to get to SuperTarget.

          • miss t-lee

            See…I don’t like either really. Especially not for grocery shopping.

            • RaeRae

              Oh no…can’t do grocery shopping in Super Target, but I go there for any random thing one can think of. Grocery shopping is HEB all the way.

              • miss t-lee

                All.
                The.
                Way.

                • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                  Don’t think you better than me because I don’t have a HEB.

                  • miss t-lee

                    So many things I could say here, Kas.

                    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                      But it’s only the first week of 2017and I know you don’t want to break your resolution to be a nicer person this early in the year. Sawry

                    • miss t-lee

                      Ha! I’d actually already forgotten about it, but since you brought it up I’ma chill.

                    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                      I feel bad stupid that I wasted my one get out of jail free card on that

                    • miss t-lee

                      LMAO

    • I didn’t go to Walmart until 2010 when I moved to Connecticut. My sister still has never been.

      • NonyaB?

        Tell her to check out the People of Walmart site; it’ll take her out and make her resolve never to set foot in one!

    • Junegirl627

      From NYC never set foot in a Walmart till I was 30

      • blueevey

        Thanks!

        Hmmm, I’ll have to ask the bf abt this too (from nyc )

        • Junegirl627

          Walmart is banned by city council. Closest Walmart are in Long Island and New Jersey and no Target in manhattan. I think there’s one in Harlem but that’s it.

          • We got a couple of Targets in BK. They are soul less, desperate places.

            • Junegirl627

              Yeah target can be in outer boroughs but no Walmart in the boroughs. It was a zoning law created to protect small business. And if other cities had followed suit Main Street wouldn’t have died in America

            • Junegirl627

              I live near gateway BK, work near Atlantic mall, and my job is a block away from the one opening in the old Albee Square Mall. So I know you ain’t neva lied.

            • “M”

              You can get your long sleeved tissue Ts for work for $9, though – and still look like you’re MObama rocking the Jason Wu if you buy the right colors
              :-)

          • “M”

            1 Target in Harlem
            1 Big Ol’ one in the BK at the Atlantic Avenue station

    • Only been to Walmart once. It was in GA. They don’t have them in NYC.

    • KMN

      Walmart is relatively new to Wisconsin…esp Milwaukee (I’m from there as well) so that’s possible.

    • Walmart didn’t come to Milwaukee until after 2000, and I had moved by then. That’s how regions work. For example, Florida and many southern states just got Aldi’s food stores. I grew up going to Aldi.

      “us of a” isn’t a monolith. Thanks for reading!

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