Mike Adams

Dear Circuit City:

After visiting one of your stores recently – the one on Market Street in Wilmington, North Carolina – I’m afraid I will have to add you to my list of businesses I’m boycotting in 2006. The boycott stems from your misguided decision to provide customers with a better selection of “Musica Latina” than Country music CDs. In America, this is simply unacceptable.

Were your store to provide slightly more Latin than Country CDs, we could have worked this out in a quiet manner. But, today, I noticed that there were nine sections of “Musica Latina” to only one section of Country Music in your Wilmington store. As we say in the South, “that dog don’t hunt.” And I won’t be hunting for CDs at Circuit City until the store corrects the imbalance and adds multiple copies of all of the following Country Music classics:

I Am What I Am, by George Jones. I really can’t imagine what you were thinking when you stocked a CD section without this 1980 classic. The disk’s first song, “He stopped loving her today” is probably the best country song ever written. As you are ordering multiple copies of this disk, you might try humming the words “He stopped shopping here today.” I hope I’m making my point, ladies and gentlemen.

At Folsom Prison, by Johnny Cash. You really dishonor the memory of Johnny Cash with this omission. That you have the “greatest hits” of Menudo instead of this live country classic shows just how far you’ve fallen. Many of Wilmington’s illegal aliens were once incarcerated in California. Therefore, Cash’s Folsom Prison disk has true multi-cultural appeal.

Waylon Live, by Waylon Jennings. At first, I was shocked by this omission. Then, I remembered that this classic 1976 live performance contains the song “Ain’t no God in Mexico.” Perhaps that is why you overlooked this one. But, please, don’t worry about offending your Mexican customers. Most of them can’t speak English. If they ask, just tell them the song is called “Ain’t no jobs in Mexico.”

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.