- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 3, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of Korean grocers has filed a libel suit against former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, who said they and other market owners “ripped off” blacks.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also names Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and seeks at least $7.5 million in damages.

The former Atlanta mayor resigned last month as head of a Wal-Mart advocacy group after criticism over comments he made to the Los Angeles Sentinel.

In an interview with that weekly, Mr. Young said “mom-and-pop” stores — which he said were owned by Jews, Koreans and Arabs — overcharged customers in black neighborhoods for poor-quality merchandise.

The libel suit was filed by the California Korean American Grocery Retailer Association.

“Most members are very upset,” said Gene Park, the association’s secretary and owner of a liquor store in Los Angeles. “There is no evidence that members sold those kinds of spoiled items. … If people think we charge higher prices or sell bad food, they won’t come in anymore.”

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