Korean store owner calls black leader a “monkey” and black people make him pay big
This story from The Final Call gives a detailed and powerful analysis of a boycott situation that occurred in Dallas. According to the story, a Korean store owner got very disrespectful with the black people making purchases in his store. This led to the kind of confrontation he didn’t want. Read on and analyze this story to understand the power of the black dollar and what happens when we mobilize, stick together and build our own:
DALLAS (FinalCall.com) – If you were anywhere near South Dallas about a year ago you would be familiar with the term “Don’t Stop, Don’t Shop.”
It related to spending hard-earned Black dollars with the Korean owner Thomas Pak at his Diamond Shamrock gas station located on Martin Luther King Blvd. Mr. Pak’s actions, which activists said had been disrespectful and extremely combative in dealing with the Black community for years culminated in a December of 2011 confrontation with Jeffery Muhammad, the Dallas representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. The N.O.I. student minister of Muhammad Mosque No. 48 says he was told “go back to Africa,” called a monkey, a slave, and a “broke a– n—-r” by Mr. Pak after questions about minimum purchase requirements at the gas station.
Mr. Pak first denied that he used the slurs and insults but later tearfully apologized before news cameras amid a full scale protest that severely hurt his flow of business.
The protest which was organized by a united front including the N.O.I., Dr. Juanita Wallace and the NAACP, Pan-Africanists, the 5 Percent Nation of Gods and Earths, pastors, Cranston Alkebulan, Councilwoman Carolyn Davis and other political leaders. The protest became known as “Don’t Stop Don’t Shop” and a year later the efforts resulted in a new Black-owned gas station in South Dallas. At a Dec. 22 press conference, and grand opening of the new station, the Don’t Stop Don’t Shop movement held their heads high with a sense of triumph.