OK, that’s not the real title of the article, but the original left something to be desired. Besides, it pretty much (well, almost) tells the whole story. It also reads like the old Onion article “Pabst Drinker Celebrates Pabst Purchase With Pabst” which was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. This, by the way, is the reason I don’t work for any newspapers. On with the story:
BIG SANDY — A Hawkins man is claiming his civil rights and religious freedom were violated earlier this year when a black man sacked his groceries and a Big Sandy grocery store owner banned the customer from the business.
DeWitt R. Thomas filed a federal lawsuit in July against Keith Langston, owner of Two Rivers Grocery & Market. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Thomas entered the market on March 5 to buy food.
He stated in a nine-page, hand-written lawsuit that he told the grocery sacker, a black man, “Wait a minute, don’t touch my groceries. I can’t have someone negroidal touch my food. It’s against my creed.”
As soon as I saw the text of his lawsuit I knew I had a winner. It’s “against his creed” to have a black person touch his food. I would be surprised at the chutzpah but I hear every day about how evangelicals use their religion as an excuse to treat homosexuals as second class citizens, so …
The article goes on to explain how Aaron Menefree, the “negroidal” in question, didn’t even realize Thomas was being serious. When he kept repeating his request, Menefree just gave up and went to another part of the store while someone whiter bagged his things. Some employees called the manager so they could prepare for the next time he came in.
This time, [store owner Keith] Langston was there. He called police to serve Thomas a criminal trespass warning. While waiting for the police, an employee locked the doors, and the lawsuit claims Thomas was “unlawfully restrained.”
Thomas said Langston broke the law the night he locked him in the store. “We were closing, and I don’t know of a business that doesn’t lock their doors when they close. It keeps more people from coming in,” Langston said.
Thomas said he doesn’t understand why he had to deal with the same situation twice.
“My question is, why after I told them how I felt and that it was against my creed did this negroid try to impress himself upon me and try to handle my groceries again.” Thomas said.
That’s probably because you’re not the victim here. Seriously, this guy either has a handful of screws knocked loose from running headfirst into too many walls as a kid, or he’s the best Poe to come around in a long time.
Thomas said his religious beliefs are based on Vedism, which he said encompasses Hinduism.
“Vedism translates into knowledge. I am not this way because I am ignorant. Ignorance is the enemy,” he said.
No, you are this way because you are a racist. One from the 18th century, given the vocabulary you use to describe African Americans. I also think you know full well what you’re doing, and you just found a convenient way to try to “protect” the same prejudice you very likely had before you converted to whatever the hell you claim to follow.
Thomas said he has not broken any laws and was exercising his religious freedom and the rights he has been given.
“White people are to be protected under the civil rights law just as anyone else,” Thomas said. “It would be the same as if you asked that a congoid (a person from west/central Africa) not touch your food.”
Well, yeah, and that would make me a racist asshole. Maybe it would help if you looked at your statement the other way around: Minorities like Asians, Latinos, and African Americans have the same exact protections under the civil rights law as Caucasians. That means they shouldn’t have to suffer through being harassed or verbally abused by some bullet headed goon who is hiding behind “religious freedom” to justify his idiotic racist behavior.
For him to claim that this is a violation of his rights is just ballsy … but he was likely emboldened by the kind of thing we see every day. Pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions for women who are the Pill because they’re too religious and it’s against their beliefs. Business owners refuse to serve homosexuals because an old book told them they’re icky and sinful. This phenomenon has become increasingly pervasive in our society, where otherwise rational individuals throw reason out the window when it comes to their beliefs regarding certain elements of the bible (or whatever holy book they follow). They are either unable or unwilling to see that when their behavior violated the rights and compromises the well being of others, their “freedom of expression” has overstepped its limits.
* Gold star to whomever gets the multiple references in the title …