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.
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.
âAnd hopefully this will send a message to all of the firms south of downtown, that you must respect our people,â said civil rights leader Peter Johnson.
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.
âHe said âyouâre a slave and you all should go back to Africa,ââ Muhammad said.
The owner, who declined to be interviewed at length, said Muhammad called him a âChinamanâ first and told him to go back to China.
Muhammad insists the ownerâs slurs came first, and the minister returned to the store Wednesday with at least two dozen supporters for the noontime protest
âWe do not need a green card. We do not need a citizenship test. We do not need a visa. We were born here. Weâre American and we will stay here,â 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.
âWe will no longer be disrespected as a people when we spend our money,â said Rev. Ronald Wright.
But many African-American customers continued to visit the business, ignoring the protest.
âI come up here every day. I play my lotto. I have no problems,â 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.
âWe served 12 years in the military. I didnât have no problem then, ainât got no problem with him now,â Davis said.