African-American Leaders Boycott Asian-Owned Businesses

December 23, 2011  |  

There is no Christmas cheer between African American leaders in Dallas, Texas and Asian-owned businesses this year. Outraged African-American leaders are calling for a ban on Asian-owned businesses, claiming the store owners are racist.

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

The protest started in front of the Diamond Shamrock store in downtown Dallas where protesters claim the owner insulted an African American customer. Civil rights leader Peter Johnson says he hopes it will send a message to all of the other businesses in the downtown area as well.

The trouble started earlier in the month when Minister Jeffery Muhammad from a Nation of Islam mosque stopped at the Diamond Shamrock to buy $5 worth of gas on his debit card. The store’s policy requires a $10 debit or credit card minimum, and Muhammad complained to the store owner.

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

The store owner than says that Muhammad “called him a ‘Chinaman’ first and told him to go back to China,”

Muhammad doesn’t deny he made these remarks but claims that the store owner’s remarks came first.

“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,” Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace said to NBC-DFW.

Demonstrators say they will be back to stage another protest at the convenience store. Despite the call to boycott the business, many African-Americans still visit the Asian-owned store regularly.

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