Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Government

‘Squad’ Democrat Blames Racism After Walgreens Closes Stores Areas With High Crime Rates


U.S. Rep, Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) blamed the closing of a Walgreens in Boston’s Roxbury section on racism while speaking on the House floor Tuesday.

The pharmacy’s closure was met with protests earlier this month after it became the fourth location in the area to close since 2022. Those opposed to the closure claimed the area is becoming a “pharmacy desert,” meaning that communities of color will not have access to quality pharmacies.

Walgreens has cited changes in the market and buying habits of customers as factors in their decision. Still, the decision to close another location has been met with criticism from far-left lawmakers, including Pressley.

“This closure is a part of a larger trend of abandoning low-income communities like the previous closures in Mattapan and Hyde Park, both in the Massachusetts 7th,” Pressley said on the House floor Tuesday, noting that the community is more than 85 percent black or Latino. “When a Walgreens leaves a neighborhood, they disrupt the entire community take with them baby formula, diapers, asthma inhalers, life-saving medications, and of course jobs. These closures are not arbitrary and they are not innocent.”

“They are life-threatening acts of racial and economic discrimination,” she added.

The closures have also been criticized by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), the latter of whom referred to the pharmacy chain as “heartless.”

“”A one mile is a long way when racial and economic discrimination have already created pharmacy and food deserts and a lack of transportation,” said Markey. “More than 20 percent of Roxbury residents are food insecure. Roxbury also faces the highest rates in the city of chronic disease, such as asthma and diabetes.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Advertisement
Advertisement

In a more recent X post, Markey claimed that Walgreens is putting profits over the “health of black, brown and immigrant communities.”

“Walgreens must provide resources to limit the harm they’ve created. They cannot just abandon Roxbury,” he said.

Pressley echoed Markey’s calls for action against Walgreens on the House floor, arguing that the company has a responsibility to keep their store in the high crime area.

“Shame on you, Walgreens. Having a website with talking points about health equity and underserved communities is not enough. Walgreens is a multi-billion dollar corporation that needs to put their money where their Walgreens is a multi-billion dollar corporation that needs to put their money where their mouth is and stop digesting from black and brown communities.”



Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Comments
Advertisement

Trending

Latest

You May Also Like

Government

New York Attorney General Letitia James has taken the first steps towards seizing one of former President Donald Trump’s properties. The leftist attorney general...

Government

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy has called for Attorney General Letitia James to be disbarred over her civil fraud case against Donald Trump and the $454...

Government

U.S. Rep. Katie Porter could hardly contain her excitement when predicting that Donald Trump will soon “meet his demise” during an interview with Pod...

Government

On Tuesday attorneys for former President Donald Trump filed suit against ABC host George Stephanopoulos after he incorrectly claimed that he was found guilty...

Government

On Tuesday attorneys for former President Donald Trump filed suit against ABC host George Stephanopoulos after he incorrectly claimed that he was found guilty...

Government

Former President Donald Trump refuses to quit on America. After four political prosecutions, 91 criminal charges leveled against him, a maximum penalty of 136...

Government

New York Attorney General Letita James has confirmed that she is prepared to seize former President Donald Trump’s properties if he is unable to...

Government

Dr. Phil McGraw, best known for being a consulting doctor for Oprah Winfrey and a powerhouse media personality in his own right for his...

Government

Tony Ganios, renowned for his role in the 1981 beloved movie “Porky’s,” has passed away at the age of 64. Amanda Ganios, his fiancée,...

Tucker

Mass immigration is completely destroying our country. Why is no one doing anything about it? Because they’re afraid of ending up like Lydia Brimelow....

Advertisement