Black Leaders Call for Boycott of Asian-Owned Business Reviewed by Momizat on . Leaders say business owner made disparaging remarks By Ken Kalthoff | Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 Some African-American leaders are calling for boycott of an Asian- Leaders say business owner made disparaging remarks By Ken Kalthoff | Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 Some African-American leaders are calling for boycott of an Asian- Rating:
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Black Leaders Call for Boycott of Asian-Owned Business

Leaders say business owner made disparaging remarks

By Ken Kalthoff | Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011

Some African-American leaders are calling for boycott of an Asian-owned business in Dallas.

Demonstrators in front of a Dallas convenience store Wednesday accused the owner of disrespecting African-American customers.

The protesters tried to keep customers from visiting the Diamond Shamrock store in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard near U.S. 175 and said they would be back in the future to promote a boycott.

“And hopefully this will send a message to all of the firms south of downtown, that you must respect our people,” said civil rights leader Peter Johnson.

The chief complaint against the business arises from a Dec. 9, 2011, visit by Minister Jeffery Muhammad with a nearby Nation of Islam mosque.

Muhammad said he wanted to buy only $5 worth of gas with his debit card because he felt the price at the store was too high. But the store policy required a $10 minimum debit or credit card purchases.

Muhammad said the owner made racial remarks when the complained about the policy.

“He said ‘you’re a slave and you all should go back to Africa,’” Muhammad said.

The owner, who declined to be interviewed at length, said Muhammad called him a “Chinaman” first and told him to go back to China.

Muhammad insists the owner’s slurs came first, and the minister returned to the store Wednesday with at least two dozen supporters for the noontime protest

“We do not need a green card. We do not need a citizenship test. We do not need a visa. We were born here. We’re American and we will stay here,” said Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace.

The demonstrators said they will return in the future and that other businesses that disrespect African-American customers may face similar protests.

“We will no longer be disrespected as a people when we spend our money,” said Rev. Ronald Wright.

But many African-American customers continued to visit the business, ignoring the protest.

“I come up here every day. I play my lotto. I have no problems,” customer Shaun Matlock said.

Doug Davis said he served in the military with the Asian store owner as he filled his vehicle with gas right in front of the demonstrators.

“We served 12 years in the military. I didn’t have no problem then, ain’t got no problem with him now,” Davis said.

 



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  • Clifton

    Hopefully this is a wake up call for our people to reject any & all businesses that disrespect & refuse to invest in our communities. I see from this article though, some of our people remain asleep.
    *smh*

  • Harkhuf Tehuti

    The asian was correct on at least one account, we need to go back home but many of us are too blind to see it, too bad! We aren’t and never were slaves as we’re not slavic. Instead we are 4th generation kidnappees which is a federal offense punishable in federal court if we were to unite as one and sue the entire government. Their greatiest achievment has been fooling us into having little to no interest in going back to the home of our DNA where all the riches are! Stop protesting and give them back their stuff and have our own stuff in our own homeland!

  • Aaron

    The racist undertone of the Chinese man’s insult is clearly evident, but if we as Africans want to be honest, we really should, as a people, start considering returning to Africa. Not only because the Chinese are doing it themselves in the form of economic investment in African resources, but it is time that we too take a long hard look at where we are 150 years after the end of chattel slavery.

    It is time to stop investing in hope (like buying lottery tickets) and pool our resources to develop banks, businesses, and most importantly a mindset that identifies with Africa, (which is the richest continent on Earth in terms of natural resources) and develop a long term strategy to reclaim, return to, and develop African-centered frameworks of education, culture, and consciousness.

    Playtime is over.

    There is something seriously amiss if immigrants can go to the US and just days of the plane or boat have businesses opened in the African cmmunity and Africans, espcially members of the NAACP and Nation of Islam are doing little to nothing to promte, train, nor encourage Africans to enter the business world themselves. Start a training and investment program and compete with the business owners that insult you, don’t just stop at a boycott.

  • Pianki

    The Asians told him to “He said ‘you’re a slave and you all should go back to Africa,’” Well I consider that to be a blessing in disguise. When will we as a people understand this. Hell we are comparing ourselkves with whites while Asian household income is 25% higher than whites. Until Blacks understand they should be the ones who are exploiting the consumptive habits of their own. They should be the ones who are supplying the produced and manufactuired goods they need to sustain themselves. They should be the ones who control the economy with the populous areas they reside and not an immigrant who has traveled from 12 time zones away. That they must connect to the African Continient as a hub … a HOME BASE to achieve this by working in conjunction with Black Africans as we see that Asian doing with his homeland too. We should thank that Chinaman for the harsh wake up call he delivered in time for the holiday spirit.

  • Edward

    He told the owner to go back to China first. What goes around comes around.

  • James

    They are both at wrong, whether who started first. Exactly, what goes around comes around. We all loose.

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