Wilson 1Briana Wilson Professor Harrold English 305 20 April 2017 The Greatest Super Store: Good or BadWalmart is the greatest known super store around the United States. In 2005 Robert Greenwald released Walmart: the High Cost of Low Prices.A controversial documentary arguingthat Walmart is not a good company. Greenwald’s film displays the many negative impacts Walmart has put upon communities and employees. Through interviews with customers, current, and former Walmart employees, and families, they were able to give a good incite on the many pains Walmart has caused. Some of those being, the poor treatment of employees, along with the greed of the company. In reply to the first documentary, another one was later released combatting the arguments made in the first documentary. Written by Ron Galloway, Why Walmart Works and Why that Drives People Crazy, in this second documentary, the producer argued the exact opposite, that Walmart is good. In this documentary they use the same techniques, using employees, or former employees, to argue their point along with people from the community Walmart had a positive impact on. The documentary gives examples to combat the idea that they are not a greedy company, and its employees are treated well. The ultimate question in both documentary’s, is Walmart good or bad?As described in the first documentary, the examples spoken about go to prove that Walmart does not treat its employees well. Multiple African American employees shared their stories about how they were treated very poorly, experiencing discrimination, and racial slurs.
Wilson 2One African American woman, who worked for Walmart, explained that for many years she was pursuing a management position. She soon was halted with her dreams when her manager said toher, “There is no place for people like you in management.” The woman goes along to ask what he means by people like you saying is it because I am black, or a woman? The manager replies with being two out of the three isn’t bad. The simple fact that a person in power thought it was okay to say this, and get away with it goes to show that Walmart management does not take proper action to protect its employees. This wasn’t the only poor treatment of employees that Walmart has let happen. Stated in the video, In 2005 Walmart was involved in a 2 million dollar class action lawsuit for the discrimination of female employees. One Other African American employee named Phenix Montgomery, experienced almost the same thing. Montgomery explains