1.07.2012

Dallas Activists: Time to close disrespectful businesses and create Do for Self opportunity in Black neighborhoods

(Photos courtesy of the Don't Stop Don't Shop Facebook Page)

This is exactly the type of action the Black community needs to take in 2012. Let's eliminate all disrespectful businesses in our communities and open up our own! Protest has begun in front of a South Dallas convenient store and gas station on MLK Blvd with the intent of putting that store, along with the overall South Dallas business community, on notice that their community will no longer be disrespected.

According to The Final Call Newspaper report:
There is a movement brewing here to close businesses that disrespect, mistreat and price gouge the Black community as organizers use equal energy to pool resources and launch new businesses under an effort called “Stop Don’t Shop.”

The spark that ignited the effort and spawned a united front among religious, community and political leaders was an early December incident involving Jeffery Muhammad, the Dallas representative of the Nation of Islam. The student minister of Muhammad Mosque No. 48 said he was told “go back to Africa,” called a “monkey,” “slave,” and a “broke a-- n----r by an Asian gas store owner, following a confrontation that began with questions about minimum purchase requirements imposed by the station owner.

Noting the gas station’s prices were about 30 cent higher per gallon than stations outside the Black community, Mr. Muhammad wanted to make a small purchase. Questioning the owner ignited a confrontation that included insults and threats, Mr. Muhammad said. Within days came a tidal wave of support and community mobilization angered by the actions of operators of the Diamond Shamrock gas station in South Dallas. The NAACP, city officials, Christian clergy, Pan Africanists, community leaders, and ordinary people gathered for a Dec. 21 press conference near the station. [Read The Full Article]
How can you help? Please donate some of your time by joining them on the front lines at the Diamond Shamrock/Kwik Stop located at 1909 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75215 Monday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Become a fan of the Facebook page!

If you live in the Dallas area, join this movement! In the words of Public Enemy "Shut'em Down!"