As Shamrock Protests Near An End, Local NAACP President May Be On Her Way Out

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Juanita Wallace
Anthony Bond, founder of the Irving chapter of the NAACP, looked at what was happening in South Dallas, at the Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and decided: Enough's enough. Those protests at the Korean-owned convenience store had to stop, as did calls for its owner Thomas Pak to sell out and move on. So he made a call: to the United States Department of Justice, asking the feds to dispatch to Dallas one of its Community Relations Service representatives charged with "addressing tension associated with allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin." Says Bond, who has a longstanding relationship with that arm of Justice, "I know they specialize in crisis mediation in minority communities. I've had success with them before on many occasions." This, he hoped, would be another.

Which is why on Tuesday several leaders who once participated in the protests -- among them Rev. Ronald Wright and his brother Donald, Rev. Peter Johnson, Rev. Marion Barnett and Curtis Wilbert -- sat down with local Korean-American leaders and the Justice Department's mediator to discuss how to put this matter to rest once and for all. It took hours of talking, but finally late yesterday they reached a resolution. Donald Wright tells Unfair Park that this accord -- reached with the input of Korean Society of Dallas veep Ted Kim, Korean American Coalition chair Chong Choe and community leader Charles Pak -- will be formally announced at a press conference tomorrow at noon.

Organizers, though, are concerned that Nation of Islam Student Minister Jeffery Muhammad and Dallas NAACP President Dr. Juanita Wallace, both of whom have vowed not to stop their protests at the Shamrock, may try to interfere with the proceedings. Which is no surprise: The two are on the outs with black leaders who've been working behind the scenes to end this long-simmering dispute, which is based, in part, on half-truths and exaggerations. And now, say those seeking peace, Wallace is facing dismissal from her post as local NAACP president.

Wallace and Muhammed, says Bond, are scheduled to meet with the DOJ's mediator tomorrow, and "if Dr. Wallace does not come to the reconciliation table after she meets with the Justice Department, she will be suspended, possibly for life, from the NAACP," Bond tells Unfair Park. Repeated attempts to reach Wallace and Muhammed have gone unanswered, but according to Bond, she is refusing to meet with the feds' negotiator without her attorney present, and Muhammad refuses to meet without Wallace.

Donald Wright says Bob Lydia, a NAACP National Board member and former president of the Dallas chapter, is scheduled to attend tomorrow's press conference as well. "And he's going to tell everyone that the NAACP has nothing to do with the protests," Wright says.

This isn't the first time in recent months national NAACP has received complaints about Wallace: Back in November, Dallas ISD board president Lew Blackburn and trustee Bernadette Nutall threatened legal action after she accused the two of conspiring with Deion Sanders to hand over H.S. Thompson for one of his charter schools. Wallace made her allegations during a board meeting -- without any proof whatsoever. The trustees told national she needed to apologize or risk being hit with a slander suit.

As you no doubt recall, Wallace and Muhammad attended that early February meeting during which Mayor Mike Rawlings told everyone involved to cut this out, that the ongoing protests were doing little more than creating "schisms and divisions that are ultimately unhealthy and destructive to communities." To which Muhammed responded by standing up and telling Korean business owners, "You are now just the next person in a line of people who have come to the black community and taken advantage of people who have been destroyed in this country."

Says Bond, "Wallace has ethically backed herself into a corner" by continuing to align herself with Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. "The main mission of the NAACP is to fight and eliminate racial discrimination of any form, whoever is being discriminated against. So why would we turn around and not fight for anybody?"

The protest, he says, comes at an inopportune time, because the NAACP is trying to strengthen national ties with the Korean community as the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Koreatown riots approaches. And, more pragmatically, say some black leaders, the protests are just bad for business. They point to Rawlings's GrowSouth campaign and say that if these racially charged protests continue much longer, the mayor could be hard-pressed to find investors willing to invest money into a community lacking some of the bare-bones essentials, such as decent grocery stores.

Donald Wright declines to release the exact conditions of the Shamrock ceasefire until the press conference. All he will say, for now, is this: "It's gonna work out all right, man."

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Travis Rex
Travis Rex

The biggest problem is all the jokers who call themselves pastors and deacons and ministers...how can there ever be real economic development and equality in South Dallas when the foxes clearly run the hen house?  

Durrel K. Douglas
Durrel K. Douglas

I agree that racism exists in 2012.  However, with 5 schools slated to close at the end of the school year, SOUTH DALLAS appears to have greater problems than Korean shop owners.  I've lived in Dallas for roughly 6 months and see a much larger problem.  If you want to concentrate on increasing opportunity in SOUTH DALLAS, perhaps cracking down on the drug dealers who've walked up to me on occasion offering drugs.  How about building a community that's conducive to success for the generation that's coming into adulthood.  Instead of working to close KOREAN stores, how about working to open BLACK ones.  We are acting as crabs in a barrel.  I will not shop at that Diamond Shamrock nor the Kwik Stop further down MLK that allows drug dealers to solicit in exchange for pay (I've seen with my own eyes).  How about protesting the prostitution ring that exists in front of the liquor store on MLK?  I KNOW I don't have all the answers, and many may disagree with me...but hopefully some of us open our eyes.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Dunbar, I support the terms of the DSDS protest that require Tommy Pak to relocate. I believe the media portrayal of this issue is so elementary, he say, she say debate is intentional to divide the black community and give business investments an excuseto not come here and perpetuate stereotypes of black leaders. I am disheartened to see academy award performances here.   

The truth is that NO ONE wants to come to a crime ridden community, not even blacks.  So does that mean that if Koreans come into a depressed community of thugs that they do not have to follow good customer relations or take the law in their hands. Most businesses are taught that a loaf of bread is not worth a life,not the merchant's, the thug, or the customers. Except maybe DART, over a $2.00 bus pass, but we're working on that too.

 In Oak cliff, thugs shot law abiding immigrants that were loved in the community, an African immigrant shot a kid stealing a loaf of bread, a minister asked a thug to pull up his pants and he pointed a gun at him caught on a service station camera, my nephew was shot on his grandmother's front porch in broad daylight in a community where the homeowners live behind burglar bars. 

Tommy Pak and any merchant is a danger to themselves and others when they argue with a customer over pricing. It seems that every time I make a purchase whether it was the Fashion Fair Makeup I bought at Macy's to taxes on my Budget Lovefield Rental Car, to the dollar now $1.29 and no water fountain Mc Donald's or no public restrooms at Dollar Tree, or dirty tables at Whataburger, EYE  am complaining about poor service, high costs, and inferior merchandise. but does that give the merchant the right to snatch the merchandise back, or call me a nigger, or demand YA GE HAT MAH STO.  I bitch at light skinned,dark, dark skinned black merchants, Mary Suhm, the city manager, Mayor Rawlings, Senator Royce West, the Feds and yes at Rev. Wright Jeffrey Muhammad, and Juanita Wallace and Yes the Dallas Observer. They may call me a Bitch when I turn my back, but they don't confront me in my face because they know they can expect for me to hit back. Wright, Minister Muhammad, or Juanita can not negotiate for me and the disenfranchised in our community. and I for one will not stop protesting Tommy Pak and especially other young Korean-Americans who are educated. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THEM

Now that the Justice Seekers, the NAACP, the DOJ and the Korean Society have had their PR peace making treaty and Tommy Pak has apologized to Brother Jeffery, can the media shift from this "he called me "a name, he called me one to nauseau"  to some real meaning reform because that peace treaty goes only as far as a handshake between the leaders at that meeting. Good luck on the banking for blacks, we have had three black banks fail and a black college, and a cdc robbed by black leaders and none of us civil right leaders have a dime to put in it.  That is why LACPAC contacts want to see a change in how we resolve issues. If Pak, who I assume is college educated, would use good damage control methodology and quit running to the "so called black Leaders", defending himself, apologizing to them, collecting petitions from the black community to say he is doing a good job, offering financial compensations to those suspected of extortion and then running to the media with a Whoa is me and making himself the victim, and provoking the protestors to defend themselves in the media. Pak can start by picking up the trash on his property, replacing the trash bin, ask the City to be a reclying Cease the grease drop off, landscape the property in the right of way. Construct two concrete cylinders in the area that he concreted.  LACPAC reported the trash to 311 and if we see it there again longer than 24 hours, WE will get on Ms Davis, she passes by there everyday, why should I have to recruit lacpac members in South Dallas to play code enforcement in her own neighborhood. Now that is just Starters.  

I gave my number to Ted Kim, let's see if they will call me cause I am on my way to Austin, to see if I can stop the oversaturation of beer and wine convenience stores ( not beer and wine but convenience stores) in preciously dry areas across the state, I will be at the DOJ to demand to know what are the terms of this impotent peace treaty.  My father taught me there is more than one way to skin a cat. 

pardon the typos 

trudat
trudat

I regard any action taken by the national level NAACP against a local branch of the NAACP with suspicion.  They have a reputation for unfairly running over local branches who don't swallow the dogma and dictates that they vomit.  If only the ghosts of the founders like Dr. Dubois and the great Ida Wells could return from the grave and set the organization on its correct path...But since that is improbable in this material world, I suggest that Ms. Wallace take any repremand she gets from the national office and wear it as a badge of honor while she continues her work on whatever level...

This article is clearly a one sided view of the situation although it  adopts a posture that could be aimed at truth.

Youngblood Young
Youngblood Young

"People forget its the discrimination and segregation that has caused all of this....................." ~ Just how long are we going to continue riding that pony? Black men are stumbling around dazed with their pants down and their hands out in South Dallas (and in countless other black communities). Though it is true that Shamrock's over-inflated gas prices were an issue....it was ironically overshadowed and undermined by the same culprit these would be civil rights protestors so visibly ignored - crime in South Dallas.

The Nation of Islam I once knew, prided themselves on self-reliance, cleaning up black communities, and raising up Black men. I drive through South Dallas four times a day and sadly I see more vagrants and lost souls on the street corners than I do brothers in bow ties selling newspapers and bean pies. I'm not a fan of the NOI's theology/doctrine, but I have always respected and admired their leadership & "positive" community activism leading the way to positive change.

This protest began with the right interests at heart - fairness for South Dallas. But fairness can never be exclusive. Mr. Pak repented (apologized) for his sins (real or imagined) and yet, we want to continue fighting him - while the drug dealers poison our mothers and children - just two blocks away. The only thing sadder than choosing not to fight a worthy cause - is fighting the absolute wrong cause. NOTE TO MIN. JEFFERY MUHAMMAD: Don't put down your picket signs - just take them a little further down the street. Post up in front of the first crack house you see and raise your sign high, "DON'T STOP! DON'T SHOP!" Then I'll join you.

Youngblood Young
Youngblood Young

  "People forget its the discrimination and segregation that has caused all of this....................." ~ Just how long are we going to continue riding that pony? Black men are stumbling around dazed with their pants down and their hands out in South Dallas (and in countless other black communities). Though it is true that Shamrock's over-inflated gas prices were an issue....it was ironically overshadowed and undermined by the same culprit these would be civil rights protestors so visibly ignored - crime in South Dallas.

The Nation of Islam I once knew, prided themselves on self-reliance, cleaning up black communities, and raising up Black men. I drive through South Dallas four times a day and sadly I see more vagrants and lost souls on the street corners than I do brothers in bow ties selling newspapers and bean pies. I'm not a fan of the NOI's theology/doctrine, but I have always respected and admired their leadership & "positive" community activism leading the way to positive change.

This protest began with the right interests at heart - fairness for South Dallas. But fairness is and can never be exclusive. Mr. Pak repented (apologized) for his sins (real or imagined) and yet, we want to continue fighting him - while the drug dealers poison our mothers and children - just two blocks away. The only thing sadder than choosing not to fight a worthy cause - is fighting the absolute wrong cause. NOTE TO MIN. JEFFERY MUHAMMAD: Don't put down your picket signs - just take them a little further down the street. Post up in front of the first crack house you see and raise your sign high, "DON'T STOP! DON'T SHOP!" Then I'll join you.

lorlee
lorlee

No one is stopping blacks from buying this guy out or setting up their own businesses.  As someone who lives south of I-30 (albeit the first street), I would be happy to see more businesses run by people of ANY color.  We are in a food dessert in my part of town and many of my neighbors who don't have cars suffer because of it.  We need more businesses -- not efforts to drive business out because you don't like the owner, but haven't bothered to do anything about it but complain.

Deborah Lovely Pruitt
Deborah Lovely Pruitt

I too believe ............ that the The mayor of Dallas County needs to understand that business' development in the South Dallas (Speaking UP for some of my family members that still lives in the South Dallas and for residents who have no voice) area is at the expense of the African American community's and respect is too high of a price to pay!

So if, "Dr. Wallace does not come to the reconciliation table after she meets with the Justice Department, she will be suspended, possibly for life, from the NAACP," Another sad time in the Dallas area with leadership. My thought... Good day, God people!

PS... "On half-truths and exaggerations." :(

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Instead of actually trying to help out that part of south Dallas, which is an open drug market, the NAACP and NOI want to play the race card against a Korean business owner. For groups of people who talk about equality, they sure hate being called out for being the bigots themselves.

My advice to Brother Minister Muhammad and Sister Wallace is this: Take down the people who are destroying your neighborhood w/ drugs and violence, work with the DPD to clean up the area.  Your actions now are making MLK, Rosa, Vernon Johns and Malcolm X spin in their collective graves. 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Am I the only one that's uncomfortable with the NAACP acronym in 2012? When was the last time an African American considered themself "colored". Also, wouldn't colored people be anyn people of color?Oh tired head.

Msart55
Msart55

What's sad about this article is it makes the Korean store owner look like the victim when the real issues associated with this situation have been glossed over as per usual. I work everyday in South Dallas and have for over 16 years. I have experienced the disrespect shown my sisters and brothers in the many convenience stores and gas stations owned by Korean merchants that populate South Dallas and know this is a problem. I reported one that sold single cigarettes to minors after the owner shrugged her shoulders when I pointed out that she was breaking the law by doing so. Of course, because its South Dallas where this infraction was taking place, TABC did nothing! So the fact that Juanita Wallace and Minister Muhammed are keeping the heat on one offender when others who neither live or work in this community talk abiut turning down the heat is commendable. The mayor needs to understand that business development at the expense of the African American community's respect is too high a price to pay! Courting businesses that don't understand this is also a dangerous road to travel. And as for the accusations that Wallace made against Lew Blackburn and Bernadette Nutall, let's just say that many of us in the African American community know that both of those individuals have been working at cross-purposes to the good of the Black communties educational interests for a long time. They, like the Korean merchants, do not have our respect or support!

Dots Connector
Dots Connector

This article was a hit piece against Min Muhammad and Ms Wallace, no doubt. It was written to justify the continuation of economic inequality and exploitation. Instead of being the "observer" perhaps you should be the "participant" in systemic change that requires confrontation. Facts are stubborn things. The so called "Talented Tenth" has sold their souls to the highest bidders. This article and what Me Bond is proposing is a sad commentary about Black leadership.

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VerifyEverything!
VerifyEverything!

I am disappointed with NAACP national.  

To date, the only stance they have taken on this matter is ... SILENCE!  All they have done is issue a private "cease and desist" letter to Dr. Wallace, when they know without a shadow of doubt, that she used her office as president of the Dallas NAACP Chapter to lend credibility to this "shakedown".  She clearly acted without the blessings and support of her local chapter, nor that of the national board.  Could it be that they are more afraid of Dr. Wallace's retaliations than enforcing their own code of conduct?  Based on what we have seen, I guess they should be scared!  Why in the world would the Korean Federation ever want to enter into an M.O.U. (memorandum of understanding) with the NAACP if this is all that they're made of?  What would it benefit the Koreans to "understand" the NAACP way of thinking?Hate saying this, but at least we know where the Nation of Islam stands.

badetiba
badetiba

I attended the mentioned Korean conference where Muhammad spoke. Im eager to see the results of the upcoming pr...and if Wallace ultimately comes.

Big ups to Bond for seeking peace.

JBone
JBone

If Wallace is standing with the Nation of Islam and against the mission of the NAACP to end discrimination against all people, then just fire her ass. She is obviously serving another agenda!!! Serving another mission! 

Guest
Guest

Amen Travis!!! Enough Said!!!

That is why things have to change the hard way! 

RTGolden
RTGolden

and dessert is the best kind of food!!!!

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

So, you want business development in your community, but it has to be the RIGHT kind of development?  With owners that you approve of, perhaps through legislative fiat? 

There's a name for that kind of organization, you know. 

guest
guest

Dallas County has a mayor?

Jay
Jay

Again, I'm outraged.

Guest
Guest

"My advice to Brother Minister Muhammad and Sister Wallace is this: Take down the people who are destroying your neighborhood w/ drugs and violence, work with the DPD to clean up the area.  Your actions now are making MLK, Rosa, Vernon Johns and Malcolm X spin in their collective graves." 

Civil Rights Leaders of past are spinning in their graves because of black leaders selling out to white oligarchies in Dallas. That is what has contributed greatly to the state of despair South Dallas is in. People forget its the discrimination and segregation that has caused all of this.....................

Coleman
Coleman

  I'm more of a fresh peach color myself.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Yes, colored people are any people that arent white.  And thatss what so sickening about it, this particular NAACP leader is doin the exact opposite of what the organization stands for

Midas68
Midas68

 This is for the Fools that need it, And not the ones with Common Sense.

Once again a person(In this case a 11 time loser) Robs a guy thats been robbed over and over and finally defends his self the only way he can(cause robbers don't put down their weapons and settle it over a game of checkers)

And because of RACISTS, Pots calling the kettle Black, Hypocrites.  We have people protesting this poor korean fool who risks his life to serve the black community so he can eke out the American dream(Yes there is a Black President as if you need to be told)

Time to quit being that which you hate the most and stand up and treat everybody equally like you demand to be treated yourself.(No one is going to respect a loud mouth hypocrite)

Here is a start for you(to the morons that it applies too).Don't portray Criminals whose crimes do not always go as smoothly as they think it will,  as the Victims.  And then somehow have the audacity to protest the victim.

What you are actually doing is saying that you Represent a Gun Toting Hood who wants to rob somebody of his stuff.   And you are against people who defend themselves against people who not only have the right too, but does protect themselves.

Anyone who agrees with Protesting those that Protect themselves are very Very Sick in the Head.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

 Stereotyping all Korean merchants isn't an effective way to make your point. 

JSP
JSP

 Perhaps your complaint regarding underage tobacco sales would have been more effective had you reported it to the CORRECT agency, which is the Comptroller's Office and not the TABC (which is the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission). Violations of tobacco laws should be reported to:

Report violations by phone or email:

>> Texas Tobacco Hotline (anonymous): 1-800-345-8647>> Email the Texas Comptroller’s Tobacco Enforcement Program at tobacco.enforcement@cpa.state.tx.us.

Jay
Jay

I'm outraged.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

Why doesn't someone buy out the Korean merchant then? If the community wants these business owners out so badly, buy them out and set up shop. Do you think that store owner chose to open in this neighborhood to disrespect the people of the community?

Dunbar
Dunbar

DC - I'm afraid connecting the dots is something you are not very astute in!  The NAACP, allying with the "Nation of Racists" has done a tremendous injustice to ALL peoples who attempt to eliminate racism and prejudice.  This whole demonstratin has been a racially motivated "witch hunt" against the very people trying to do what this country was founded on: working and making a good living for your family.  The fact that any person, regardless of color tried to steal from this store and was shot doing so, doesn't blend with any racism argument.  The thief got what he deserved, no matter what his ethnicity.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 The only exploitation taking place is of the store owner.Slavery was ended a century and a half ago.Programs have been put in place ever since to help: public education, housing, food, cash payments, all with the intention of giving those with less, or nothing, a hand so that they could better themselves and become full functioning members of society.Instead, we have pickets against a guy who is just trying to make a living and doesn't want people stealing from him.

Guest
Guest

"economic inequality and exploitation."No doubt of South Dallas exploitation and inequalities, committed by the so called political leaders running around City Hall and the park cities.............When are the people going to take a stand against it and do something about it???

Jay
Jay

I believe people like Muhammad, Wallace and DocC would be outraged if there were not some issue over which they could feign outrage.

Learning to convincingly project outrage (over some event, real or imagined) is the first step in successfully playing the race card, or claiming victimization status, both of which are necessary ingredients to gaining name recognition and advancement in the various local and national poverty-pimp organizations.

The reality is that its hard to shake down a business or other organization without credibility and clout in the community - leaders can't coerce payoff from protested businesses unless the community at large joins in the protest, outrage and ultimate boycott.

BTW, if Muhammad is actually a student minister of the Nation of Islam, just what brand of hate is this "religion" teaching. Is this protest he initiated something like a senior project?

JS
JS

I think a few of your dots remain unconnected.

lorlee
lorlee

Ah yes, and those of us in the food desert would love to have some. 

Midas68
Midas68

 Maybe move in the Bloods and Crips and just deal with them.

Oh yeah  I forgot.

Youngblood Young
Youngblood Young

"People forget its the discrimination and segregation that has caused all of this....................." ~ Just how long are we going to continue riding that pony? Black men are stumbling around dazed with their pants down and their hands out in South Dallas (and in countless other black communities). Though it is true that Shamrock's over-inflated gas prices were an issue . . . it was ironically overshadowed and undermined by the same culprit these would be civil rights protestors so visibly ignored - crime in South Dallas.

The Nation of Islam I once knew, prided themselves on self-reliance, cleaning up black communities, and raising up Black men. I drive through South Dallas four times a day and sadly I see more vagrants and lost souls on the street corners than I do brothers in bow ties selling newspapers and bean pies. I'm not a fan of the NOI's theology/doctrine, but I have always respected and admired their leadership & "positive" community activism leading the way to positive change.

This protest began with the right interests at heart - fairness for South Dallas. But fairness is and can never be exclusive. Mr. Pak repented (apologized) for his sins (real or imagined) and yet, we want to continue fighting him - while the drug dealers poison our mothers and children - just two blocks away. The only thing sadder than choosing not to fight a worthy cause - is fighting the absolute wrong cause. NOTE TO MIN. JEFFERY MUHAMMAD: Don't put down your picket signs - just take them a little further down the street. Post up in front of the first crack house you see and raise your sign high, "DON'T STOP! DON'T SHOP!" Then I'll join you.

PL
PL

So when are the people going to rise up and put a stop to it???

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

That is true...But, instead of griping about it, why not support the next progressive generation of young leaders of all colors that want to make this city a better place. Instead of voting in the same clowns whom represent old interest and poverty, why not raise up a person who has more innovative ideas than "protesting" because two idiots got in a fight and used terms about each others races...

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

What color are they?  I always thought white was a color too.  I really hate the phrase colored people because when I hear this, I always wonder what color were they.  When people talk to me about colored people, I always ask what color were they?

Mary
Mary

Selling single cigarettes in the black community happens alot, not only in South Dallas but Oak Cliff.  I didn't even know it was illegal because it is a common practice.

Mary Hasan
Mary Hasan

He may have not moved into the neighborhood to disrespect the community but so many of them do.  I am not familiar with this store but I have experienced their disrespect.  I personally just left with my granddaughter never to return.  I don't spend my money where I am disrespected.  I demand respect and it is just too many other placed to go that offer the same service.  If people continue to shop where they are disrespected, then evidently they have no problem being disrespected.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Dunbar, I support the terms of the DSDS protest that require Tommy Pak to relocate. I believe the media portrayal of this issue is so elementary, he say, she say debate is intentional to divide the black community and give business investments an excuseto not come here and perpetuate stereotypes of black leaders. I am disheartened to see academy award performances here.   

The truth is that NO ONE wants to come to a crime ridden community, not even blacks.  So does that mean that if Koreans come into a depressed community of thugs that they do not have to follow good customer relations or take the law in their hands. Most businesses are taught that a loaf of bread is not worth a life,not the merchant's, the thug, or the customers. Except maybe DART, over a $2.00 bus pass, but we're working on that too.

 In Oak cliff, thugs shot law abiding immigrants that were loved in the community, an African immigrant shot a kid stealing a loaf of bread, a minister asked a thug to pull up his pants and he pointed a gun at him caught on a service station camera, my nephew was shot on his grandmother's front porch in broad daylight in a community where the homeowners live behind burglar bars. 

Tommy Pak and any merchant is a danger to themselves and others when they argue with a customer over pricing. It seems that every time I make a purchase whether it was the Fashion Fair Makeup I bought at Macy's to taxes on my Budget Lovefield Rental Car, to the dollar now $1.29 and no water fountain Mc Donald's or no public restrooms at Dollar Tree, or dirty tables at Whataburger, EYE  am complaining about poor service, high costs, and inferior merchandise. but does that give the merchant the right to snatch the merchandise back, or call me a nigger, or demand YA GE HAT MAH STO.  I bitch at light skinned,dark, dark skinned black merchants, Mary Suhm, the city manager, Mayor Rawlings, Senator Royce West, the Feds and yes at Rev. Wright Jeffrey Muhammad, and Juanita Wallace and Yes the Dallas Observer. They may call me a Bitch when I turn my back, but they don't confront me in my face because they know they can expect for me to hit back. Wright, Minister Muhammad, or Juanita can not negotiate for me and the disenfranchised in our community. and I for one will not stop protesting Tommy Pak and especially other young Korean-Americans who are educated. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THEM

Now that the Justice Seekers, the NAACP, the DOJ and the Korean Society have had their PR peace making treaty and Tommy Pak has apologized to Brother Jeffery, can the media shift from this "he called me "a name, he called me one to nauseau"  to some real meaning reform because that peace treaty goes only as far as a handshake between the leaders at that meeting. Good luck on the banking for blacks, we have had three black banks fail and a black college, and a cdc robbed by black leaders and none of us civil right leaders have a dime to put in it.  That is why LACPAC contacts want to see a change in how we resolve issues. If Pak, who I assume is college educated, would use good damage control methodology and quit running to the "so called black Leaders", defending himself, apologizing to them, collecting petitions from the black community to say he is doing a good job, offering financial compensations to those suspected of extortion and then running to the media with a Whoa is me and making himself the victim, and provoking the protestors to defend themselves in the media. Pak can start by picking up the trash on his property, replacing the trash bin, ask the City to be a reclying Cease the grease drop off, landscape the property in the right of way. Construct two concrete cylinders in the area that he concreted.  LACPAC reported the trash to 311 and if we see it there again longer than 24 hours, WE will get on Ms Davis, she passes by there everyday, why should I have to recruit lacpac members in South Dallas to play code enforcement in her own neighborhood. Now that is just Starters.  

I gave my number to Ted Kim, let's see if they will call me cause I am on my way to Austin, to see if I can stop the oversaturation of beer and wine convenience stores ( not beer and wine but convenience stores) in preciously dry areas across the state, I will be at the DOJ to demand to know what are the terms of this impotent peace treaty.  My father taught me there is more than one way to skin a cat. 

I don't have time to cut and paste on spell check today

trudat
trudat

...I'm not clear about what you mean; but what I mean is that a "progressive" would be able to exchange ideas with others and learn or teach during the process.  However, a closed minded individual would obviously be incapable of change as a result of the process due to prejudice, fear, ignorance, etc.  No one has a monopoly on knowledge and a progressive generally stays ready to learn new stuff.  That is why I think you might be able to profit from an exchange with the picketers or vice versa - if you are a progressive.

Coleman
Coleman

Psssh talking about close-minded individuals when you don't think someone is progressive enough if he doesn't agree with your bullshit? haha ok, dude.

trudat
trudat

...you may be a youngish voter but you are truly not "progressive"...and if you think you are; I suggest you appeal to the picketers in person and exchange your ideas with them. Any sane person can see the logic in their approach to the problem. Of course, this approach is not for closed minded individuals who refuse to learn new ideas. 

Coleman
Coleman

 as a progressive, youngish voter this protest and the people leading it seem really fucking stupid.

trudat
trudat

I am sure that progressive young leaders that want to make the city a better place will find a lot of support among the people who support the "Don't Stop Don't Shop" campaign.  "Griping" about problems is one of many ways to start to address them.  Protesting is just another tactic like voting, griping, etc., etc. that can and should be used by people to make "democracy" work.  The overall problem in this country and in Dallas is far greater than the elected representation. Likewise, the problem at the Shamrock is far greater than just "two idiots"  who "got in a fight..." 

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