People all over are taking a stand to unite with protests against the violence that has truly put many of us on the edge when we witnessed the live death of Philando Castile from Minnesota. His death among others such as Michael Moore of Mobile, AL and Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA has caused many of us to open our eyes to the realities of what is going on around us with racist police officers.
These matters have many of us to include myself in an outrage and in search of some justice!
With all of the protesting and marching taking place from cities such as Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Birmingham and others, it is quite clear to understand that we as a people are refusing to accept these matters to continue without some change in the law to protect black law abiding citizens from racist police officers.
While reading up on my social media page about the daily events going on around the world, I happened to come across a disturbing status of remarks made by one of the owners, "Ali Kazem" of a gas station within my home town, Mobile Alabama. I was shocked reading the statements because when ever I am in town, I always stop at this particular gas station to get my gas before traveling. This gas station which sits at the corner of Azalea Rd and Airport Blvd next to Popeye's, happens to be one of thee most used gas stations and definitely gathers the most usage from predominately black spenders!
You can only imagine the surprise on my face as I read his comments of how black people couldn't run a business and should just stick to selling weed and playing basketball after a young man stated how we could raise money to open a business.
Below are the comments he wrote and after reading these comments he can be sure to never receive another dime from me. I should hope many of those in the Black Community will be sure to take their money somewhere else since he feels that we are not educated enough to run a business and that we all should just keep playing basketball and selling weed!
The recent murders of innocent black men has caused America to hopefully wake up and see what is really going on around us. It is local gas stations and stores that we as black people walk in to support daily and yet we are being looked down upon as uneducated and being treated like animals. It is time for those in the Black Community to stop spending money in places such as this gas station and other companies that do not value us nor appreciate our presence in their stores. Our ancestors helped to build America off of their backs in the cotton fields, steel mills, and mines yet we are still not given much respect from our fair skinned community. You would think that unlearned individuals such as this gas station owner who happens to be Arab/Muslim would truly know the definition of being racially profiled seeing that fair skinned America thinks all of you are terrorist.
This is a time to pull together among minorities and not pull apart because your complexion seems a little fairer than your brethren who we are told in God's word to love one another as the Most High loves us. I'm sure this young man's family will be happy to celebrate the loss of financial income due to his comments.