In February, I asked women in America what they would like to see in 2018.
Some of the responses were surprising.
A Walmart in the suburbs.
This was the most common response, which I have to admit was quite shocking.
A Target in a suburb.
I don’t know what to make of this.
A Whole Foods in a town.
The response I got was that I was being naive, and it was an assumption that I had made that Walmart would be the only store that is affordable for the average Black woman in this country.
A CVS in a big city.
CVS has become a symbol of privilege, a place where Black women can walk into a pharmacy and buy groceries for the first time, without the stigma of being a drug addict.
A Walgreens in a small town.
These are all places where women can find groceries, but they are also places where Black people are marginalized.
A Costco in the rural heartland.
Costco has been the beneficiary of Black Americans’ economic success and, in many ways, has also been the victim of Black people’s economic oppression.
A Trader Joe’s in a major city.
The response that I got in the end was that this is what I wanted most.
A Safeway in the suburban heartland or the suburbs where Black folks live.
If I could only buy a Walg, I would.
A Rite Aid in a more affluent neighborhood.
Rite Aid has a history of fighting for the rights of Black women and people of color in its stores, and I wanted to be a part of that.
A McDonald’s in the big city, or in a city where Black families live.
This one was a little harder to decipher.
Here’s what I came up with: 1) A Costco with a Black women’s section.
I’m not sure how many Black women shop at Costco.
But I can tell you that there are many Black and Latina women at Costco who will be happy to buy groceries with a Costco female section.
There are also Black and Latino women who will love shopping at Costco and want to purchase groceries for their Black or Latina families.
2) A Whole Food Market in a suburban town.
There are a lot of Black families who shop at Whole Foods.
The Walmart and Target stores in the heartland are not enough to fill the needs of many Black families.
There are many black and Latino families who live in rural areas where there is a lot more poverty, and there are also a lot Black families in cities who don’t have grocery stores.
3) A Cabela’s in an urban center.
A lot of families have access to groceries at Cabelas stores.
But there are still a lot who can’t afford the grocery bills at the Cabelos stores.
4) A Kroger store in a rural area.
Kroger has a lot to offer Black families, but I’m still not convinced that it is a place that Black families should be shopping.
5) A Walmart with a more diverse mix of stores.
I think Walmart is still the most diverse store in America, and this is a great place to shop for groceries.
6) A Target with a diverse selection of stores, but not necessarily a Black and Hispanic store.
When you go to Target, you are shopping at Target, not Target’s store.
7) A Safeways with a black female section, but also a women’s department.
You might think that Safeways is a Black store, but it is actually a Hispanic store, a Whole Foods with a Hispanic section, and a Costco with the Latino section.
8) A Rite Aids with a white female section and a Hispanic male section.
The majority of Black Walgarts have a white section, a white store with a female section for women, and Hispanic stores with Hispanic stores.
There are also some Black Walgarths that have a female or female-only section.
9) A Trader Joes with a predominantly Hispanic store with Hispanic sections.
Not every Black Walger has an all-inclusive store.
And many Walgairs have a few Latino stores.
10) A Macy’s with a majority of Hispanic stores and a white and female section that includes a Hispanic-only department.