Alcoholism is a serious problem in the black community. Compound that with heavy marketing of liquor in our neighborhoods and the problem worsen. A 40 oz of malt liquor contains 6-8 1/2 percent alcohol per volume. Compare that to the 4-5 percent per volume found in regular beers. Already Tyrone is consuming more alcohol chugging on a 40 than Todd is downing his Budweiser. Also malt liquor is cheap in price and made of cheap ingredients. Last year MPR reported that studies have connected consumption of malt liquor with heavier drinking and aggressive behavior. I hang out in places like Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, etc and I have NEVER seen an ad for
I feel the people of Detroit. Black America is battling serious health problems--alcoholism, drug addiction, obesity, etc. I don't want to see liquor , cigarette, fast food ads littered throughout my neighborhood. They fuel the problem. Many of us in the hood have to shop in mini marts because grocery stores are scarce. Buying a 40, no problem. Looking for some fresh apples for the kids? Good luck. We pay too much money in rent, mortgage and taxes to be surrounded by negative ads. It wouldn't be such an issue if there were a few here and there. Harvey suggested people just ignore the ads. Someone needs to take trip to South Central. Ignoring those ads are kind of hard when they're on damn near every corner. If I had a penny for every time I saw Whole Foods ad in America's ghettos I'd be broke. Give me a dime for every Schlitz ad I find and Bill Gates would be hitting me up for a loan.
Maybe Harvey would have a change of heart if one day while walking his dog around his ritzy neighborhood he saw Colt 45 and Old English billboards sprouting out of the ground every couple of blocks like palm trees. I imagine Harvey would be disturbed if St. Ives and King Cobra posters were plastered across the doors and windows of his mini mart and the others nearby. Maybe he'd feel uncomfortable about the young men hanging in front of the store, guzzling that bootleg booze one after another. The same booze studies show drinkers usually consume them in more hazardous amounts than standard beer. The final straw would be spotting a few littered on the sidewalk as he headed home. He'd probably get on his cellphone right away and complain to a rep in his district because the neighborhood is changing. On second thought, Harvey would conclude those liquor companies have the right to drown his affluent neighborhood in ads promoting cheap booze. And complaining would just be plain stupid.
Photo of Colt 45 ad from Detroit News.com