In the South Dallas Kwik Stop Story, Telling the Truth Does Not Make a Reporter an Uncle Tom

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Dear Friends Among Dallas Black Activists:

Some of you have contacted me to ask me who this Uncle Tom son of a bitch Greg Howard is working for the Observer. One of you --- a guy with a long history of responsible activism -- called me from the picket line at the Shamrock Kwik-Stop on MLK Boulevard this weekend and told me how the Korean owner there had shot a black guy in the back for stealing a couple cans of beer.

Look, this is a simple matter. Greg Howard isn't an Uncle Tom. He's an Uncle Reporter. Uncle reporters are stuck on the dime. They cannot, must not, will not put stuff in the paper they know to untrue. They absolutely cannot put things in the paper they know to be lies, no matter how much somebody may want them to.

Here's your problem. Jeffery Muhammad, student minister of the Nation of Islam Mosque in southern Dallas, is a liar. He's an anti-Semitic, immigrant-hating, black-hating, self-seeking liar who is making a fool of all of you. His mobilization against the Korean owner of the Shamrock gas station is a sham.

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At one point during this thing, Muhammad told a gathering of Koreans: "The Jews have always wanted a relationship with the black community, and they have sucked the resources out of the black community, and after them, the Pakistanis have done it, and after them the Indians have done it, the Arabs have done it, the Italians have done it in our community, and now the Vietnamese did it, the Koreans. You are now the next person in a line of people who has come to the black community and taken advantage of a people."

Muhammad's vicious race-baiting is why stalwarts of Dallas civil rights activism -- people like the Reverend Peter Johnson and the Reverend Ronald Wright -- have turned their backs on him and on this protest. That's why Anthony Bond, founder of the Irving NAACP, basically called him "the devil." Greg Howard didn't call him the devil. Bond did. And the leadership of the black community has turned its back on him.

And not the Uncle Tom leadership. Come on. We all know what we're talking about here, right? Yes, black Dallas has a certain cadre of leaders among the old-school preachers who have leaned too far toward accommodation over the years. That's not who we're talking about. That sure ain't Peter Johnson.

We all get this, right? Muhammad has been dumped by the tough guys, the soldiers, the clean guys, the ones who have fought and continue to fight the good fight.

So what did you want our reporter to report, exactly? Oh, everybody thinks Muhammad is great? He's got solid support in the black community? But see, that would not have been true. People think Muhammad is a chump and a liar.

At the bloody heart of Muhammad's lurid story is a tale about the owner of the Shamrock chasing down some "kid" who had pocketed something small -- in some versions a candy bar, in others a can of soda -- and brutally gunning the kid down, shooting him in the back and leaving him to die on the street.

Early on in this affair, Muhammad went to City Hall and said, "A man was killed in the store who was chased down the street from the store. And this is something that has re-emerged as a result of the protest. The man was shot in the back, and we're still waiting for information from our councilperson, who is looking into it."

One of you who called me this weekend retold this tale, so I know it's still being stirred. But as Howard reported in his piece, Steve Thompson of The Dallas Morning News thoroughly debunked this urban legend in a story published two months ago based on police reports: The thief who got shot was trying to run out of the Shamrock with the entire cash register. He threw the cash register at a clerk who was chasing him with a shotgun. The cash drawer fell out. The thief was grabbing for cash drawer. The clerk fired a warning shot into the ground. The thief then went for the clerk's gun. The clerk shot him. And the clerk wasn't even Tommy Pak, the alleged gunman-store owner. It was just the clerk who happened to be working that day.

A thief stealing the whole cash register, trying to brain the clerk with it and then going for the clerk's gun: That's not a civil rights issue. Who was going to be dead in a pool of blood if that guy had gotten the gun? Some dude working in a convenience store for a living. You don't want that. I know you don't.

But Muhammad has a problem. His credibility is now shit. His stroke as a leader, if he ever had any, is in the toilet. So in desperation now he turns his weapon of vile bigotry against his ultimate target: black people. He screams that a black man, Howard, who dares tell the truth about this incident is an Uncle Tom. He uses blackness itself as a weapon to get what he wants out of this -- personal power based on a lie.

So how about this, people? This is easy. Muhammad has been cowering from the light of day since this began, refusing to meet with any reporters who might challenge him directly. So you need to tell Muhammad to hike up his shorts and get out there and meet this thing head-on. You need to tell Jefferey Muhammad to step out into the full daylight of tough media scrutiny, appear before reporters and cameras and give his version of the Shamrock shooting? Let's hear it, for once and for all.

Would that be so difficult? It's a simple challenge. Jefferey Muhammad, I call you a chicken-shit liar. Prove me wrong.


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sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Response to true fighter. me calling Jim my niggah is not meant to be fummy, it is a sarcastic response to Howard's story that blacks call Tommy Pak a niggah as a term of endearment anto refute Muhammed's allegations that Pak mistreats black. "Why the blacks over there call him their Niggah. Jim wrote a book on accomodations, he knows white supremist divide and conquer and he knows he gets no pass from me even if he is my niggah.. Reply to this from John 3:16 in quotes here "And YES, Jeffery Muhammed is not the issue. It's the fools like you who refuse to accept the truth and simply move on to bigger and better things. People like you who urge on misguided souls like Muhammed into believing that his wrongful acts somehow justify the common good. Is the main problem to our community really a local convenient store owner? not the hundreds of drug dealers and whores? not those black males who refuse to accept the responsibility of fatherhood? Not the black elected officials who simply refuse to unite together to revitalize our neighborhood?"

My Response It's my thing, I do what I wanna do, I can't tell you- who to sock it to. Try tellling Occupy Dallas, they need to go after fracking. Tell the tree huggers they need to fight against abortion. Tell the SOME of the jews in the film industry to leave mel gibson alone. There is a demand for beer and wine at this location but its doesn't mean that we should not take up for our brothers who are downtrodden. No human beings should be mistreated inhumanely.

Cuetara
Cuetara

Jeffrey Muhammad -why did you get demoted to student minister? Is it because you were arrested in 1995 for beating up those boys along with 50 other members of the Nation of Islam? What else are you hiding?

trudat
trudat

The people of that neighborhood have a legal and moral right (and even a responsibility) to express themselve about the quality of economic institutions (like stores) in that area.  These expressions include boycotts and picket lines.  Those of you who think that the only recourse a consumer has to bad service and high prices from the Shamrock is to build another competing store or go to another store are unfairly limiting the unsatisfied consumers options. 

The issue in this incident is whether or not consumers are being sufficiently served by the providers of the goods and services.  Apparently, Pak is not giving the people what the people want.  If he can't meet the needs of the consumers without these types of social disruptions, he needs to sell out or move or something unless it's worth it to  him.  I can't see how all this aggravation could be worth the little money he'll make. 

This is a marketplace issue concerning  supply and demand.  The peoples'/consumers' demand creates an opening for someone who has "the right stuff" to try to supply and satisfiy the demand.  This is the way the market works.  This Shamrock case is a simple case of marketplace activity.

Jeffery Muhammed is not the issue.  However, many (including the Observer, JS, Greg Howard, etc.) are trying to pump him up and prop him up as the big bad monster so that the uncommitted public and community consumers will lose sight of the goal.  It could be called "bait and switch" or "divide and conquer" etc., etc.  These tactics are  just another version of the old games played by folk who follow the evil teachings of folk like Willie Lynch, Machiavelli, etc.  I can see no good reasons for the larger community (as represented by Howard, JS, etc.) to so carelessly ignore the legitimacy of this effort by the protesters to improve the quality of life in that neighborhood.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

The race card is played to inflame people or get money from people.Any Black person could have purchased thet store before Pak,they did not why try and close Pak not another gas station near. I saw how some people act inside store I wonder how Pak stayed so long.People need to get some business these retired Activist need a new cause get a Bank like Koreans and Indians and others have noone has time to deal with silliness in 2012.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Freedom of Speech, everyones has the right to speak, but damn, I think Snookie has invaded the DO blog.  Of all the comments, ideas, jokes, etc. that appear on this blog, I am taken away by Crenshaw's rambling. Unbelievable and kinda sad. Personally her comments on this blog and other blogs are a turn off. Kinda like the church lady who gives a testimony every Sunday at church..about the same thing......at some point you just stop going and find another church.

Larry
Larry

Just shows how easy it is to get idiots - DISD graduates - to follow more idiocy.

If Blacks are soooo worried about 'others' taking their money out of the neighborhood, why don't more blacks own businesses in their community?  Answer - they know that black ownership is no protection from crime.

Enrique
Enrique

1995. Minister Jeffrey Muhammad, Nation of Islam Mosque No. 48, is arrested along with 4 other NOI members, for beating up four youths at an Oak Cliff mall.  Jeffrey working as a security guard.  Charges are dropped.  Thereafter, Muhammad is demoted to Student Minister. I think Jeffrey has some explaining to do.  Why did you get demoted? Also, the Final Call ran a story about Jeffrey and other NOI members, claiming they tackled a neo-nazi skinhead.  But the photographs look fake!!  What a surprise. Jeffrey, why don't you get Farakan to after the drug dalers, the crack houses, etc.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

JIM, Where you been my niggah!  EYE thought I'd never see da day you'd be swearing by Steve at the Mourning News. Careful, Careful, we know you white boys got to stick together.  The following was tape recorded outside the Observer office " We can't have no rebellions and no Rodney King riots  in THIS town unless the Observer incites them for our benefit. I tell you, that NAACP, they's loyal, they remembers who got them started. We tell everybody, just sponsor one of them there chicken freedom fund dinners and they'll calm down. I dontz know much about Rev Peter Johnson and that Wright boy, howthey got hooked up wit them Muslims in the first place, why don't Isenberg give them free rent ova at his place on Zang.   God forbid if the nigrahs start thinking for themselves,talkin about opening up their own businesses and running the Koreans out. hell, I'd have no place to get my parlay numbers on the Rangers. Outta be grateful to the Koreans for even taking they money. I'm just glad that they go over there with THEY stores, keep them black monkeys on they side of town. I don't care if we have to pay HUD a BILLION dollars, to keep this town segregated. this is our town and we ain't letting the likes of Faracan run nothing in this city   All them niggah crackheads over there, I see the's good for something. I wonder how much beer did the Korean give away to get them to so that story. I heard all the Koreans did was buy some memberships. Did you see they leader on TV, talking about "Oh how we love Jesus and we forgive you MISTA Pak. Kinda remind of whistling dixie days,when the blacks were just ----well just Happy. At least we keep 'em locked up from making no "mixed babies." We just need to get some paddy wagons and just round 'em. I told you if you write the story about them, they'd call you a racist, so get one of they own and I told you they's call him an Uncle Tom. See that way, you keep 'em divided. Cause they's plumb crazy Why, they wantz what we got. The Powerful will never let the powerless take power from them. Muhammed thought the educated blacks will follow him, they don't even stop a buy a bean pie from him. I know he didn't think that the black police chief, the black DA, the black state representative, the black state senator, not even John Wiley the Price came to help. Why don't you see they black congresswoman's campaign sign in Pak's window.and that Crazy Crenshaw woman asking them to demand that the black elected officials investigate Pak beating a man unconscious. Hell, they own kin told 'em, the man was tearing up his gas pump, just like they tear up everywhere they go. Thank you, Greg for standing up for victims of black hatred. The Truth and Nothing But the Truth.   

PS    So the white man's ice is colder and the truth??? and the Brother that lives in the community, has a church in the community is a LIAR.  YOUSE a LIE, Jim because you don't know what happened that night do YA.  FACT: Someone and we don't know who ---shot a black man and we don't know why-- but someone told a majority white jury and a white prosecutor  a version of the events that day to defend themselves and mind you, the police reports recorded THAT  person's version cause the dead man can't talk.FACT; The defendant got due process---the suspect got the death penalty execution style looking down the barrell of a gun for what--we will never know and FACT: the majority of the public, black and white think the thief got what he deserves.   

Nation Of All
Nation Of All

Go get 'em Shutze!  You have eloquently expressed what everyone's been thinking but lacked the ability to express!

The Observer Staff deserve some BIG HIGH FIVEs for their work around this sham protest and Greg Howard needs a raise to pay for some bodyguards!  He may not be big in stature, but the man sure got some COJONES!

Jay
Jay

I just realized what Nation of Islam student minister Jeffery is majoring in at Nation of Islam Student Minister College - Bachelors of Poverty Pimp.

I have a news flash for student Jeffery - the people sucking the money (and life) out of your community are the drug dealers you don't have the balls to confront or protest. Or is there an accommodation in place?

Marvin
Marvin

How exactly does the NOI explain the part that Jews played in the civil rights movement?  Did Goodman and Schwerner get themselves lynched as part of some kind of grand conspiracy to push for racial equality, to somehow make it easier for Jews to suck money out of the black community?  

pbluett
pbluett

So...What does it say about the above referenced minority community that they are the ONLY minority group  that allows  their "resources" to be "sucked out" (to quote Mr. Muhammad)?

John 3:16
John 3:16

Your pathetic attempt to give an academic explanation for this event is an utter failure at best.  Bad service is such a subjective notion to react with extremist attitude, and please explain to me what 'legal and moral right' does anyone have to interfere with someone's business based on one man's concocted story?  And supply and demand? Really? the theory of supply and demand indicates that supply cannot exist without demand, and the best solution to dissatisfaction is to decrease the demand and/or increase competition. Not to harass other customers who, subjectively, view their service as good, nor play the blacks vs. the society game.  Since Pak has been there for 10 years, I am assuming that there was never an issue of demand and service isn't as bad as you think it is.  And YES, Jeffery Muhammed is not the issue. It's the fools like you who refuse to accept the truth and simply move on to bigger and better things. People like you who urge on misguided souls like Muhammed into believing that his wrongful acts somehow justify the common good.  Is the main problem to our community really a local convenient store owner?  not the hundreds of drug dealers and whores? not those black males who refuse to accept the responsibility of fatherhood? Not the black elected officials who simply refuse to unite together to revitalize our neighborhood?

StfuStooopid
StfuStooopid

I totally agree. As a matter of fact, I think Neiman Marcus should also sell. Maybe Ross, Marshalls or Dots is interested. Neimans is simply not giving the people what the people want. I mean the service is horrible and dont even get me started on the high prices. I cant afford that shit. They need to sell asap! Its simply alot more convenient for me that they sell as opposed to me going to another store.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

larry, you are an idiot to think that protesters were there for calling Muhammed a niggah, we call ourselves niggahs and Jim is my niggah, I personally got assaulted by a Korean merchant downtown. Blacks across the country complain about the same thing. Jim is my niggah but he has no pass to grade who has credbility in the community.  Muhammed is anti-semitic, he never should have injected the Jews in this . But the law protects racists, bigots, too. The leaders of the protest stood with Jeffrey to give THEM credibility and an army that is feared. They created a war to become heroes and you are too dumb to see that. Call the POLICE and ask why Art Carpenter is charged with assault. Who has ablack eye and a concusion. If there is any evidence that Carpenter intigated the beating, then he should pay  We heard the violence is over drug deals gone bad and the scammed start ranshacking his place, that's what the cash register thing was alledgedly about. I know only one thing, Pak is too hot headed to do business with thugs and the low lifes that infest that area.  The whores on Harry Hines have due process.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

YOU RIGHT. ONLY THE KOREANS VENTURE INTO RED LIGHT DISTRICTS. BECAUSE REFUSE TO INVEST IN CRIME PREVENTION STRATEGIES.  THEY TAKE THE LAW IN THEIR OWN HANDS. THEY THE PROSECUTOR FOR THIEVES.TALK TO ROBERT PITRE ABOUT GETTING A LOAN FROM THE BANKS TO START A BLACK BUSINESS

Ed D.
Ed D.

Best forums character since Fake Wick Allison. Funny stuff.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Ms. Crenshaw, is that really you? I, for one, refuse to believe, until I feel the print of the nails in your hands.

JimS
JimS

The problem we white people have, Sandra, is that we can never look up to your belief in our ability to act as masterminds of the universe. I can't imagine why you believe we're so smart. Have you not been watching the Tea Party on TV?

Tha Biz
Tha Biz

This is what is known in the biz as "negrobabble".

Tey
Tey

Just Sandra wearing her cloak of inscrutability again.

Bafflement! +10

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 I just read this and I have no idea what you just said.

Its So Sad
Its So Sad

Wow. Unfortunately, you can't fix stupid.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Hey man, NOI has equity in that racket, all they really want is to be able to shake down thems that try to be legal.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Brother Jeffrey was wrong about making the protest his personal agenda. The protest was not about brother jeffrey and not about Tommy Pak

trudat
trudat

...if I thought you could understand English words, I would reply with a point for point response so let me say only that donkeys can be shown the water in a desert but only the donkey can decide to drink...

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

You don't get it, the people who go to the beer and wine store don't have gas money or transportation to go to another store dummy. That's what they signs say Don't Stop and don't Shop. Go to the store next door. Are you kidding neiman's is giving it customers exactly what they want, just like Pak to the drunks there, the difference is Neiman no longer tells us to the black only dressing room, Pak tells us to kiss his ass and go back to Africa

trudat
trudat

...of course I can see that you don't take my words seriously...but if you feel like this, go pick up your sign and picket Neiman Marcus...and then again, the examples you use are comparing apples to oranges or maybe onions to oranges...you apparently have very little understanding of the concepts that I write about...and that's ok....first time for everything...and if you are joking...keep trying, one day you might actually be funny....

John 3:16
John 3:16

Toquote your own reply about Mr. Muhammed being anti-Semitic, "But the law protects racists, bigots, too." then it alsoprotects Mr. Pak who is just "too hot headed" as well. And how compassionate of you to refer to your own people as "thugs and low lifes that infest that area." Really? do you hear yourself Ms. Crenshaw?

Larry
Larry

 u were assaulted by a Korean?  Maybe he got tired of your verbal browbeating and ranting.

'they created a war to become heroes' ???  Who did?  your stream of unconsciousness is not rational.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Maybe its time for you to switch back to a Korean weave. Your new one is obviously pulled way too tight.

Poppacraig
Poppacraig

Please get help. These rambling, incomprehensible diatribes do not help you or your cause.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

TO ALL TRUTH SEEKERS

Tell me why the man who got beat up by Pak is charged with assault? What is really going on here? Yes, I think this whole Observer coverage about the cash register murder is a subterfuge away from Arthur Carpenter being beat in front of the protestors in broad day light. and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that. Truth Seeking Jim Schultze. YOUSE A LIE if you deny it.  White folks scared we burn down Koreans. We got a black police chief, a black DA. a black senator, state representative, and a congresswoman. We got some of the highest voting black Democratic precincts in America.  If we can't get justice in Dallas, Texas, we don't need to burn down no Koreans, we need to kick some black ass.

Disclaimer. This is written in ebonics, not intended to be a thesis. We need to kick some ass .........at the voting polls.

JimS
JimS

meant to say we can't LIVE up to it, not LOOK.

John 3:16
John 3:16

Ms. Crenshaw, it would be naive to think that racism against blacks no longer exist in the society, and I echo your voice in standing up for truth and justice.  After all, equality wasn't served on a plate for us.  Many, including other minorities, have devoted and sacrificed their very own being for this cause. However, why not protest to the Dallas PD who do NOTHING about the drug dealers and the prostitutes that do more damage to our community than a kwik stop owner can ever do?  why not protest in the city hall where the decisions are made to reject funds from being injected for South Dallas renovation? And if you are willing to protest about the crimes committed AGAINST blacks by other races, then you better be willing to put as much effort into apologizing for the crimes that are committed BY blacks on other races. If you are going to carry a standard for justice, then that measuring stick ought to apply both ways, not only when it favors you.  You seem like a well educated person, but with a lot of hatred. The old adage holds true:  "People don't care about what you know until they first know that you care." and MLK Jr. said it best: "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.  Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."  You seemed paralyzed, confused and darkened by hatred.  You might be trying to do things right, but you are NOT doing the RIGHT THING.

John 3:16
John 3:16

too much truth there for you to handle, huh? your shallow surface knowledge won't work here.  what a fool...

I Said StfuStooopid
I Said StfuStooopid

no actally you seriously need to get of your high horse. you obviously think you are intelligent but in actuallity you are delusional or completely idiotic. More than likely its the latter of the two. On second thought, its probably a toxic combination of the two. The statement that the "people of that neighborhood have a legal and moral right (and even a responsibility) to express themselve about the quality of economic institutions (like stores) in that area" is beyond stupid.  People of that neighborhood dont give a shit what happened between some racist liar and the owner of the store. If they did you would have seen hundres of people protestin not a handful. Maybe a couple dozen at the most.The only people protesting are brainwashd extremist. And if the people of that neighborhood felt the prices are too high or the service was awful, Pak would have gone out of business a long long time ago. High Prices & Bad Service does not equate to a sucessful business. Its not rocket science, stick that in your pipe and smoke it! okay einstein.

True fighter
True fighter

Sandra Crenshaw before you get involved why don't you find out what actually happen and you calling jim the N word is nor funny but stupid , maybe you and other black women who don't seem to have a man need to sit down somewhere , and the reason you and that other lady who is out there of the line is not because you dont need a man but you can't catch one get a real life.(the Incident with the man is on camera ) Great Article Jim

Poppacraig
Poppacraig

If you are referring to your typing being in Ebonics, I had already read that. No matter what language, or dialect you claim to be speaking, you still make no sense and only serve to discredit yourself. The all caps, sentence fragments, and totally random non sequiturs only make you look semi-literate and insane.

John 3:16
John 3:16

you are right.  no one knows the truth. so we have due process and a legal system.  and in a civilized society you shouldn't be trying to steal other's money, instead work hard to earn a living. death is unjust and unfortunate under any circumstances, but aren't you risking that when you go to rob someone? Its funny Ms. Crenshaw. Blacks shoot down other blacks for a nickel bag of weed, but I don't see you up in arms fighting for justice there?  If you really want to revitalize our community, let's take the fight to where it matters. Not some poor guy trying to make a living.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

daniel, a life was lost, a mother's heart broken and you get off on me.  who's really the scum of the earth the thief or you.

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Where on earth did you get the impression that I know what went on. I was not there, you were not there nor my NIggah Jim Schultze.  All I do know is that in a civilized society the punishment must match the crime. The death sentence for stealing a cash register is unjust.

John 3:16
John 3:16

So how is it that no one knows the truth of Mr. Pak's encounters with that man but you?  What you are saying is that you know what happened better than the eye witnesses who saw it happen?  You continue to argue that no one else knows the truth but you. 

Daniel
Daniel

He got shot for stealing Texas Earl Campbell Smoked Sausage and, in an act of breathtaking arrogance, breaking into a Texas Two Step* as he did so. Fact. Look it up.

______________________________* The Texas Two Step is a Western dance.

trudat
trudat

...she is doing more RIGHT than you are....by far

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