Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 1.10.02 PMIt’s not enough to simply tell people to support black businesses. That’s why the Waxahachie Study Group, an organization of demonstrators in Texas inspired by the call of Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Justice or Else Movement decided to actually get out in the streets and direct consumers to black businesses and away from other stores they’d typically patronize.

That demonstration didn’t sit so well with a Korean beauty supply owner, however, who not only told one of the organizers what they were doing wasn’t right, but proceeded to call the cops on them. Here’s how the exchange developed:

Beauty supply owner: Why are you only doing this here? We did something wrong?

Demonstrator: No, we didn’t say you did anything wrong. We’re trying to enlighten our people and let them know that there is a black beauty supply that offers the same services so we are trying to redirect them to shop with their own people first before they shop with someone else.

Beauty supply owner: But I think this is not right.

Demonstrator: You think it’s not right for someone to support their own before they support someone else?

Yes, that’s exactly what the store owner thought, which is why he called an officer to remove the study group from supposedly disrupting his business. Funny enough, this is one instance in which the cops were actually on black folks’ side. When an officer arrived on the scene, the beauty supply owner tried to tell him he owned the entire parking lot, prompting the cop to ask again, “Sir, do you own the parking lot and collect rent from all the businesses?” That answer, obviously, was no, which is why the cop then explained to the business owner, “You pay rent for your one store. That doesn’t give you authority over the sidewalk and the parking lot.”

Translation: Have a seat.

Watch the interaction which begins around the four-minute mark. Kudos to the Waxahachie group for standing their ground.

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  • Lullaby___Interrupted

    Aaand this is why both hair care lines I use are owned and operated by AAwomen…and one is manufactured and distributed 60 miles from where I live…and though I haven’t been to a bss in many years, if I should ever have the need, I am fortunate enough to live in a city with at least 4african owned,2 African American owned, as well as at least 3 black owned natural salons; 2 are east african owned, 1 AA owned…
    With the amount frivolous spending I do on cosmetics each month(after bills,savings, and investing, if course) it is unacceptable for me to not spend it within my own community..
    I’ve been hunting down black owned, independent cosmetic lines lately and I am happy I did… So in those days I am browsing lipstick just because, I hit iman, coloured Raine, K’ior(sp),and I had already unwitting purchase a few from nasty gal which happened to be owned and designed by a WOC…

    China also has a huge hand in the black hair care business. They literally have a choke hold on the manufacturing and distribution of hair extensions and I cringe when I think of how much money we have given them over the decades. It has definitely played a part in their current super power status as well as the catalyst for the financial relationship we have with them now. Bottle necking that cash flow SHOULD be easy enough though..

  • Honey Dip

    I’m sick of the Asians and their beauty supply monopoly. Current I am writing a business plan to open a small beauty supply store that caters to women of color (not necessarily just black women). I’m sick of the mistreatment by them in their stores, how they follow you around, how they think they know better about which brand of hair braids better when they aren’t stylists, how they have cameras and metal detectors, etc…

    I also want to sell products made from women of color who are just starting out, make products from home and the like to help promote them more and get them exposure. The Asians come here open up a million nail shops and beauty supply stores, meanwhile they talking about you in Korean and stress you for a tip in cash only.

    However, it also starts within OUR community. Some Blacks are not very supportive in black owned businesses. They rather go to the Asian nail tech than someone of color or they rather go to the dusty looking Asian beauty store because they are cheaper and sell cheap as a quality weave/wigs.