Ferguson Store Owners: Customers ‘Too Scared’ to Bring Business to the Area

Benjamin Fearnow, CBS St. Louis, October 30, 2014

Businesses in Ferguson say they are “going to wait and see” how to sustain what has been a tumultuous few months of riots and dramatically reduced revenue, with some local store owners saying customers are “too scared” to bring their business to the area.

Local stores and businesses throughout Ferguson expressed feelings of frustration and uncertainty as many have boarded-up windows, increased security measures and lost thousands of dollars in revenue amid protests stemming from the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown. Many businesses said they will just have to wait and see what happens ahead of an expected November ruling on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson.

“We’ve lost $200 to $300 in business nightly, people are afraid to pick up in the night, after dark,” said Tammy Cao of the Hunan Chop Suey Chinese Restaurant. “People are too scared at night . . . I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”

She said the store has “paid $1,500 out-of-pocket for window damages” caused by rioters, because the $5,000 insurance deductible “did not add up.”

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Zisser Tire & Auto said the rioters “knocked out 90 percent of our windows, which are still boarded up.”

“We’ve just been trying to go to work, business as usual–nobody wants to take the boards down until we see what happens. It’s more of the not knowing what’s going to happen next.”

Jenny of Don Henefer Jewelers said that although their store has not been directly harmed by the Ferguson protests or rioters, they now “put all the jewelry away at night, and whatever doesn’t fit in the safe goes behind the counter, out-of-sight from the store window.”

The Swiish Bar and Grill owners have filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri, St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the cities of Ferguson and Jennings for what they claim is more than $25,000 in lost revenue. Owners Chantelle and Corey Nixon-Clark told KTVI-TV they were forced to close their doors for weeks as a law enforcement command post was set up in the Jennings shopping center amid the riots.

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“I feel scared about my business,” Rokhaya Biteye, owner of Daba African Hair Braiding in one of the modest strip malls that line West Florissant, told Reuters.

She said profits have evaporated to almost nothing since the shooting. In weeks prior, she generally pulled in about $800, but is now bringing in less than $100 each week.

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  • Georgia Boy

    Cut it with the self-serving spin about us being afraid of you, please. I’m not afraid to shop in inner-ring suburb stores, they just have little appeal for me. They turn the neighborhood into another wasteland of pawnshops, rent to own furniture places, convenience stores, liquor stores, and other places I don’t go because I don’t need them.

    • LHathaway

      You’re certainly an exceptional boy if you’re not afraid of them, Georgia Boy. By my guess most white men in American are afraid. They are suffering from some kind of hysteria. Perhaps it’s mostly on a beneath the surface level, but in my opinion, it’s there just the same. Whatever condition they are suffering under it’s a far cry from not being afraid.

      • Last comment just deleted. I’d like to know who that one is.

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        Your guess is wrong, at least in the way you put it. White men, in fact all whites are afraid of blacks in America, but in a more social political way. “Hysteria” is the least applicable term here. White men do not froth about, squealing about how they need protection or that someone else ought to do something for them about it. That term better fits the mobs in Ferguson, who can’t accept what seems obvious, or even when the dna studies proved OJ Simpson murdered Nicole Brown, or the riots when Rodney King got beat up by cops. “Hysteria” implies active, over reaction with physical attributes. White men are mostly silent in public and verbal online. The avoidance of racial realities in Britain by the government might be closer to hysterical avoidance, however. True, to remain physical safe, it is best to avoid them, but most white men I know, carry. We are restraining ourselves because we know the law and the consequences of actions better than others. We are angry, that is what we keep below the surface.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Nail on head. White men tend to understand consequences better than blacks, have more to lose. Get it.

          Blacks are behaviorally conditioned to be violent and expect results – on top of their natural proclivities and limitations.

          But the thoughts we think. If it ever does break down…

          Regardless we need to organize.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            Two things I have written in Amren posts since 2006; 1. A collapse IS going to occur, and 2. Whites need to organize. The problems with organizing are numerous, from the “whites not allowed to organize, because they are always white supremacists and neo-nazis,” and the partial truth of that. In order to succeed in organizing, whites themselves are going to have to shake off their own stereotypical thinking, political myths and delusions of grandeur. What’s coming is going to be tough for everyone, but whites will survive only if they succeed in being the most objective, realistic and cooperative (among themselves) than everyone else.

          • Malgus

            Concur.

            Forming a Neighborhood Support and Defense Group will pay dividends in the future. Not too small, not too big as to be unwieldy.. have someone step up as leader/organizer and

            – Figure out what resources you have available to the group.
            – Do not forget that people are a resource.
            – Figure out what you need.
            – Decide on a plan of action in the event of a Failure of Civility.
            – Dispense with the Walter Mitty fantasies. Know your limitations and play to your abilities.

            Nota Bene – Being a leader doesn’t mean screaming a lot. Leadership isn’t a popularity contest at this level. A good leader:

            – Can communicate effectively. Talking to people instead of at them. Keeping them informed when things go sideways.

            – Is decisive. I think it was Voltaire that said “There is a certain inevitable futility in indicision”. You can go left. You can go right. You can go straight. But make a decision. Wavering and equivocating will kill people’s faith in your leadership skills faster than anything else…

            – Builds a team. Effective use of your people. Play to their skills and strengths. And you will probably have folks in your group that hate each others guts, but they have to realize that they have to set that aside for the greater good.

            – Is confident. The one thing you do not want to say is “I don’t know.” That will spread defeatism faster than you can spit. Keep moving forward. And if you genuinely don’t know, for God’s sake don’t say that!

            – Motivates people. Keep your people moving. Support your people and give praise where it is due. Lead from the front – in other words, being the first to jump into a job or task will pay dividends. Never task your people with something you would never do yourself.

            And don’t forget – people don’t follow uniforms. They follow courage. They might not be able to give you the textbook definition of leadership, but they know the genuine article when they see it…

            Being courageous isn’t the absence of fear, it is doing what you have to do in spite of the fear you feel…

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            I’ve tried to initiate this in a very basic way in my neighborhood by just sharing phone numbers among what it seems are the most responsible members in the neighborhood for simply covering the same sorts of things as a neighborhood watch. What I found is a microcosm of the problems that generally plague the white community. One woman is a gossip and called the Sheriff on someone after she misinterpreted a phone answering machine outgoing message (which was supposed to be humorous). I removed her from my phone.

            I’ve got two guys who I think I can rely on in a calamitous scenario, but they display the same characteristics that you do here; everyone wants to be the boss and teach or they can’t be led at all. They sort of respect me because I am a retired doctor and I have the capacity to treat battlefield traumas in my home. However, I find that the problem with white Americans is that we’ve become almost too good at being self-reliant. Our sense of individualism has become nearly pathological preventing some of the considerations as you list above, such as sharing resources.

            I have illustrated the ultimate problem with these two neighbors by running through two old “Twilight Zone” plots. In one, a single neighbor has built a bomb shelter, when a red alert is announced on the radio, all the neighbors become angry that this one family will use their shelter and not share it with any of them. The space and supplies in the bomb shelter can only see that sole family through the emergency. The neighbors end up invading the home and battering down the door of the basement bomb shelter. Then, the radio cancels the red alert as a mistake. In the second scenario, a gang of thieves pull off a big gold heist. The brains of the group is a scientist who has set up cubicles in a cave in a remote part of Death Valley that allows them to hibernate for 100 years. When they awake, one is dead from a rock falling onto his glass cubicle, but the others find the trek out difficult as they turn on one another as water grows scarce (they crash their vehicle due to squabbling). One guy (the most aggressive) ends up with all the gold he can carry. Then he too, runs low on water. Finally by a paved road and near death, a futuristic car stops for him. When the couple from the car reaches him, the crook offers them gold for water. Then he dies. They look at the gold and remark that gold was once worth something, until they found out how to manufacture it.

            I don’t look forward to the collapse. I think a lot of whites will become petty Hitlers and Stalins, or even Inquisitors.

          • Christorchaos

            Well, you have Calvinism and the Frontier Thesis to blame for this behavior.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            I agree with this as a encapsulation of the syndrome.

          • Malgus

            Doc (you are now and forevermore known to me as “Doc”),

            I remember watching reruns of those old episodes. Yes, they are very apt in this situation…

            I cannot give you a rundown on how to assemble such a group successfully.. It’s not that I am incapable of doing it, space literally does not permit. It’s too much for such a tiny venue as this.

            But I can give you some pointers. As a doctor, you probably know what happens when you get a bunch of Alpha males in one spot and try to enforce some type of hierarchy on them… it happens in the military as well, only more so.

            The types who want to be a leader – to boss everyone around – are exactly the wrong types to be a leader. Remember Lord Acton – Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The guys you mention are the types who would “mysteriously disappear” in a crisis. Probably with as much stuff as they could carry and leave your backside hanging in the breeze. They are also, for the most part, craven little cowards. They talk big, but when bullets start flying, they’re usually the ones cringing behind the biggest piece of cover they can find. Think schoolyard bully or a couple minorities trying to intimidate you… they cave when the pure light of simple human courage is shined on them.

            The main strength of a leader is the ability to see the specific strengths of a person – perhaps something they themselves didn’t even know they had – and then set them to a task that plays to those strengths. It isn’t about being able to kick someone else’s butt if they don’t do what you say or yelling the loudest. It’s about organizing people into an effective team with one common vision, one common goal. A Failure of Civility is also no place for a democracy.

            Pathological individualism is probably a result of taking “The Lone Strong Man vs The World” meme to an extreme. It plays well in movies and makes for a cracking good book, but in reality, the Lone Strong Man will go down. Hard. Has nothing to do with his abilities or lack thereof. It’s about numbers. One guy cannot stand against a multitude, no matter how much of a bad@$$ he is..

            I’ll give your two guys a reprieve… they want to teach or have some measure of authority? Fine. YOU assume overall command and set them to teaching their strengths. Have each teach a different subject to a small separate group. When they are finished, rotate groups and subjects. They’re “in charge”, but still answer to you.

            No “Drill Sergeant” attitudes, either. You’re dealing with citizens, not soldiers. And you shouldn’t try to make them soldiers, either. Give nominal authority over one group – “A” – to one guy and nominal control over the other – “B” – to the other guy. Remember, as command, you don’t dress down your leaders in front of the rank and file… destroys confidence and breeds contempt. Pull them aside, address the issue quietly and move on…

            I would recommend finding and obtaining the book “A Failure of Civility”…. it’s the best of it’s kind. I would also recommend FM 6-22 (Leadership) and it’s successor FM 22-100.

            Last thing. While I applaud your efforts at trying to organize something – it’s more than what others are doing – if you really want this to get some traction, you need to step it up a bit.

            What I did was design a flier that was intended to pique people’s curiosity and, yes, their uncertainty about the future. It was neutral in tone and apolitical. Had several hundred printed off and I drove up and down our little rural road here, distributing them into mailboxes. I asked the parson of the local Baptist church down the road if I could rent the church basement. No problems. On the day of the meeting, we threw a little barbeque for the folks that showed up. The youngsters ran off to play while the adults were talking… all in all, a success..

            In closing, a warning. You’re a doctor. Able to treat traumatic injuries – including GSW – and know what you’re doing when dishing out meds… you are an asset. An irreplaceable one. Which means you might want to keep that under your hat. For now. Things go hard left? Maybe someone comes looking for you. MD’s – the genuine article – are downright handy to have around… just sayin’…

            Any more questions or concerns, throw out a line… I’ll be here.

            Luck and fortune…

          • Christorchaos

            ” What I found is a microcosm of the problems that generally plagues the white community. ”

            Your neighbors are simply creatures of the Reformation, as are most of us in the United States. As historian Philip Hughes described the transformation from Catholicism to “Reform”:

            Enthronement of the will as the supreme human faculty; hostility to the activity of the intelligence in spiritual matters and in doctrine; the ideal of a Christian perfection that is independent of sacraments and independent of the authoritative teaching of clerics; of sanctity attainable through one’s own self-sufficing spiritual activities; denial of the truth that Christianity, like man, is a social thing; — all the crude, backwoods, obscurantist theories bred of the degrading pride that comes with chosen ignorance, the pride of men ignorant because unable to be wise except through the wisdom of others, now have their fling.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            “All religions are sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.” Lucretius 99-55 BCE

            However, I think that the same problems existed in humanity before the Reformation.

          • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

            Blacks have been proven to be genetically more violent, but I realize you did not mean to imply that violent black behavior is learned and not inherited (I hope).

        • Michael Samuel

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG5CPhGoT3M, I didn’t believe he was “innocent” until I saw this many many years later its not always “delusions” or “hysteria” etc and nobody can tell me with a straight face that there are “no evil Cops”.

      • John R

        Please! Be honest, and stop it with the macho act. Whites ARE as a group, afraid of blacks. And we SHOULD be. They are violent and generally don’t consider consequences. Add to that, the system favors them, even if we act in self-defense. Just ask George Zimmerman, or Officer Darrel Wilson, Bernie Goetz, or that guy down in Florida doing life for a shooting resulting from an argument. (I know, that last was probably not a case of self-defense, but I think the penalty was severe for a non-premeditated murder.)

        • me

          White men aren’t afraid of Negroes per se–but put them in a gang, yeah….they act like vicious hyenas. White men ARE afraid of our ‘government’, which is run by a bunch of anti-Whites. The ‘government’ is draconian, Orwellian, and just plain EVIL. The chicken-twirlers use the Negroes as their first line of assault on White America….make no mistake about that! And, for defending yourself, you get vilified and punished, by the ‘government’ and the ‘media’. Whites are called names, ostracized, jailed, or threatened with death if they resist this White oppression. At the very least, White men are denied the means to provide for themselves and their families. Now, the ‘usual suspects’ are using the Mestizo invasion to finish destroying Whites. The ‘government’ has made thousands of laws, taxes, and regulations to turn Whites into helpless hostages of the ‘government’s’ White oppression and genocide. (Most laws ARE punitive towards Whites–unlike the Negro’s lies.) And the ‘media’ propaganda machine is also going full-tilt in their anti-White message. White men have never been in such a purposeful and genocidal trap by their own ‘government’ before, but we certainly are now. Once every White man realizes this, maybe a tax revolt will come–or, a White coalition to oust those who are robbing and oppressing them. Whatever.

        • MooTieFighter

          Afraid, not really. It’s simply that they don’t consider consequences like we do. They are in no way analytical. If someone slightly pisses us off, we think “should I let one little word put me in a position that they may shoot me or stab me if I upset them?”, the answer is usually “no”. Do I allow every little disagreement put me in a position that could land me in the hospital, lose my job, get me in trouble with law enforcement, etc… Unfortunately, we realize they can’t think this far ahead, which does make them far more dangerous. It’s not that they are willing to die for each of their little causes, it’s that they can’t intelligently think past the moment (like a dog). So it’s like living in a society of people who think (or can’t think) like dogs, you just realize they don’t think about consequences. They may be willing to shoot you for calling them an asshole, I would only shoot in self defense. I am more than confident in my own fighting skills (amateur fighter), but I am not willing to get into legal issues, let kids see me fight, run the risk of truly injuring myself or someone else over trivial matters. This is what divides us.

          • ElComadreja

            They’ve been known to kill over anything from a look to who gets the last piece of KFC in the bucket. Mexicans aren’t much better. A black/mestizo America won’t last two generations.

          • John R

            Yes, I agree with you.

    • Fed Up

      I don’t live anywhere near Ferguson. But trust me, I CARRY when my wife and I go out. A 10 mm. loaded automatic plus a spare clip — is the security I count on. I don’t make a fool of myself, showing off flashing a powerful handgun. But rest assured, should we ever be confronted by a gang of Black thugs and unable to escape, I’ll be shooting and making every shot impact in a kill zone on Blacks.

      My attitude is anathema to liberals who thing I’m probably a racist vigilante — because I refuse to be a meek victim of yet more Black-on-White hate crime violence.

      • You have the right attitude, that’s for sure. ALWAYS CARRY CONCEALED! Never flash it, never draw attention to it, don’t boast about, but ALWAYS have it ready!

      • Lygeia

        What is the point of going out then if you have to carry a gun?

        I ask because if it becomes so unsafe for white people to go out in public, then the public sphere will disappear.

        • Whites can still enjoy the outdoors and ‘safer’ parts of the city. But it’s always wise to carry concealed in the event that things don’t go as planned. Better to be safe than sorry.

          • StillModerated

            I’ve noticed that there are “ministries to the poor” which give the savages hoopties so they can commit crimes in better neighborhoods.

          • John Barleycorn

            In this day and age of terrorism and open borders,
            it’s prudent to arm oneself .

          • Luis

            That’s right! Even a trip to the zoo or an amusement park, can be fraught with perils presented by Bantus. You’re doing the right thing.

            Better to have a gun upon your person, and not need it, rather than need it and not have it.

        • Fed Up

          The point is that we are NOT going to meekly hide indoors because of Black crime! We have the right to shop and visit where and when we please. We do not expect to have a gang of Black thugs coming at us or following us from our car to where we’re going. The point is that SHOULD we be faced in a threatening situation, we won’t become more meek victims — killed or crippled by these creatures.

          That latter comment makes liberals see red. Because the liberal mantra is we should not use deadly force to protect ourselves — even though hundreds of White victims have been murdered — whether accidentally or intentionally as the result of Black-on-White crimes!

          I am quite skilled in use of my weapon. It cost me quite a bit of money to become that proficient. Like automobile liability insurance — you trust and certainly HOPE never to need it. But it is so comforting to know you have it.

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          Haven’t you noticed the public sphere disappearing? Ferguson is about to become another ghetto with shuttered store fronts.

        • John R

          Why? The same reason that you use a seat belt when driving. I don’t buckle up because I expect an accident. But just in case. The gun is only for a bad situation. It is a last resort.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      These are places Obama won with over 70% of the vote.

  • Zisser Tire & Auto said the rioters “knocked out 90 percent of our windows, which are still boarded up.”

    One of many things that happens when first world meets third world.

  • MekongDelta69

    Local stores and businesses throughout Ferguson expressed feelings of frustration and uncertainty as many have boarded-up windows, increased security measures and lost thousands of dollars in revenue amid protests stemming from the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown

    So… Tell YOUR people to SHUT UP, go back home, and for once, do something useful with their useless lives.

    And maybe, in 25-50,000 years, when evolution catches up to them, they might even do it. But then again, I’m probably hallucinating.

    • Tarczan

      For evolution to catch up, there would have to be some sort of process where the weakest (least intelligent) are culled. The reverse is happening.

      • Kenner

        On our dime.

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          In a way, it has always happened. Ever notice that the great artists and thinkers from Socrates on never have children?

          But I do agree to some degree regarding the idea of “survival of the smartest” in a high tech society. Since the 1960s, the U.S. government has increasingly interfered with that process.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    A sane country would prioritize protecting business owners’ rights over the rights of “peaceful” protestors to run amuck. America is not a sane country.

  • Robert Binion

    I wonder if there are figures available on recent collection of sales tax in Ferguson. What kind of hit are city revenues taking?

    • bilderbuster

      The city government has to be beyond the poorhouse what with of the overtime for police, fire, EMS, and to top it off they just gave the Negros with warrants amnesty.

    • StillModerated

      Not to worry, the courts are full and fines are probably at an all-time record.

  • Fed Up

    I sympathize with the business owners and merchants in the area. I sincerely hope all business owners have the courage to defend their property with a gun when Blacks get out of control. What I cannot understand is WHY anyone would make the huge investment in money and work — to open a business near a Black neighborhood in the first place?

    I mean, knowing the Black mentality — those people would use any excuse to riot and loot, running wild in the community. Shucks, an act of nature is an excuse for them to loot and steal and rob. Remember New Orleans? Remember the NYC Blackout?

    • Adolf Verloc

      Fed Up, as I understand it, the black influx has been very rapid and Ferguson was a mostly-white town a few years ago. The merchants built up their businesses before all the Section 8 riffraff arrived. I can be a one-note-johnny on the topic, but I believe that Section 8 is one of the most destructive social policies we have enacted (and we’ve enacted some godawful ones.) If we are obliged to provide housing for the dregs of the underclass, let it be in the form of kennels like Pruitt-Igoe where they can spend all their time preying on each other.

      • Ferguson.

        1970: 99% white, 1% black
        1980: 85% white, 14% black
        1990: 72% white, 27% black
        2000: 45% white, 53% black
        2010: 29% white, 67% black

        A lot, but not all, of the affected businesses along the Fergaza Strip are the kinds one would expect to find in any ghetto.

        • LHathaway

          How many whites under the age of 18 live in Ferguson?

          • Probably very few. The three high schools in the Ferguson-Florissant district (which encompasses a way larger area than just Ferguson) are 68, 87 and 94 percent black.

        • Fed Up

          Any time a formerly White community becomes heavily “integrated”, it is a near 100% certainty that local crime rises commensurate with the influx of minorities. It makes no difference if the minorities moving in are Blacks or Latinos. CRIME RATES RISE ACCORDINGLY!

      • John R

        Thank you! The problem is not public housing, as so many conservatives suggest. Hey, I am all for it. The problem is the forced integration with the poorest and most violent minority in America (blacks). They want public housing? Fine. But keep it in their own neighborhoods.

        • StillModerated

          Hey, $895 buys a round-trip ticket from St Louis to Monrovia Liberia. Keep it in that Neighborhood, and keep the change, bro.

      • Periapsis

        We enacted? I see no “we” among us who enacted Section 8, but the Tribe and other vipers running the nation are another story. They enacted this specifically for the purpose of breaking up white communities, trashing property values so whites take a massive financial loss, and to enable blacks and browns to rob, rape, terrorize, brutalize, assault and kill us. In other words, they are impoverishing us, and wrecking our quality of life. They are doing this to put us in harm’s way. They also are doing this to destroy our right of free association and our very freedom. Freedom is the right to be left alone, and flooding blacks into whites neighborhoods is a direct attack on our freedom because they are molesting us just by their mere presence. They should be forced into their own areas, and out of ours. When the country breaks up, that will be our opportunity to not only form new homelands, but to drive these enemies and invaders out of our midst.

    • RacialRay

      I sure remember the NYC blackout. Whites on the lower east side of Manhattan sat out on the steps of their apartment buildings in the dark and shared wine and cheese with neighbors they had met for the very first time.

      If memory serves, things were not quite so neighborly on the other side of the tracks.

      • JohnEngelman

        When the police lose control of a black neighborhood blacks loot the stores. There does not need to be a perceived injustice, just an opportunity to get away with crime.

  • Give them what they want, a lawless sanctuary to call there own cut them off and treat it as a wild life refuge. No one in no one out. Fly drones to keep an eye on them may be an aid drop, and when they beg to return to a civilized life, send in the National guard to clean up the mess, and send Jessy, Al, Eric Holder the bill.

    • Guest

      “may be an aid drop, and when they beg to return to a civilized life,”

      NO! Cut all ties! History is recorded for our education, it is recorded in order for us to learn from our past mistakes. From experience, we should realize that if you give them a cent they’ll steal or connive millions. They are NOT our responsibility!

  • JackKrak

    One bright spot in Ferguson – the moving van business should be picking up quite a bit.

    • ya till when you go inside to move there items as you come back to the moving van or truck it is gone or missing all its wheels……ya that would be funny if not so true.

  • That reminds me. If you are a St. Louis County voter, please vote for Steve Stenger (Democrat) for County Executive. Most of the black politician types of North County have endorsed Rickroller Stream, the Republican, out of spite, because Stenger has a close political relationship to Bob McCulloch. Now, Stenger is probably going to win anyway, and he was a cinch to win if August 9 didn’t happen. If by some “miracle” Stream wins, he’s going to owe the blacks big time. And that isn’t good.

  • superlloyd

    There will soon be complaints, orchestrated by the libtards, that businesses are racist in not serving the Fergaza undertow. What opportunities they are missing by not dealing with diversity!

    • mikekingjr

      Haven’t looked at the link yet. My money says it’s a gun store.

      • StillModerated

        Nah! It’s a good, old-fashioned shot house. They bust one of those a week in Athens, GA.

  • Soon, Ferguson blacks, dumb as a box of rocks, will be whining that “racism” is behind the lack of stores. They’ll never understand that they create their own misery. A smart people would be working hard to attract new businesses to their area, but these dummies are intent on driving it way.

    • John R

      Easier to play the victim. That is what blacks do.

  • Luca

    Most places where blacks have rioted since 1965 never really recovered, Detroit, Newark, Watts, etc and the list goes on. Blacks destroy neighborhoods where ever they go, but when they riot, they do it instantaneously.

    • Lygeia

      Yes, but it helps remediate the land damaged by the factories in those cities and then 30 years later white people can move back in.

      • Polychlorinated biphenyls have gotten into the water tables and marine silts in those areas and don’t really go away. They’re also fat-soluble, so tend to stay in the food chain. Oh, they’re carcinogenic, too.

  • JohnEngelman

    Most blacks are incapable of maintaining civilized communities. They lack the intelligence to open businesses in their neighborhoods. When the police lose control of those neighborhoods they loot the stores that are owned by those who have the intelligence to operate businesses, but lack the opportunity to open in safe neighborhoods. Then blacks complain that there are not enough jobs.

    • Luca

      “They lack the intelligence to open businesses in their neighborhoods.” – JE

      Intelligence is not all they lack. They are lazy and don’t want to work.

      My grandfather came to this country in 1910 with $32 in his pocket, a 6th grade education and could not speak, read or write English. He worked as a laborer, saved his money, learned a trade, went to school at night, opened his own shop and worked 60 hours a week to afford to bring his wife over from Italy. I doubt his IQ was stellar either, but he knew if he worked hard he would get ahead and provide a better life to his kids. He was right.

      I’ll never forget an Italian immigrant telling me that his biggest problem in America was, there was so much opportunity he could never tell if he was pursuing the best one. You’ll never hear a black say that.

      • MBlanc46

        There were some silver-spoon whites who came here, but most of our ancestors had the same qualities that your grandfather. That’s how they and their descendents built the most powerful, if far-from-perfect, nation in the world. And now we’re wasting it away.

        • Luca

          I researched a manifest regarding one of the ships one of my ancestors came over on and in the first class section was a Morganthau and a Rothschild. Part of the silver-spoon crowd.

          • One of mine stowed away on a ship as a 12 year-old boy, with only the clothes he was wearing. Some of the others walked here from Siberia. Ain’t no thang.

      • mikekingjr

        Good old Family Values. I remember them well.

      • Ike Eichenberg

        A black contemplating (translated) his best opportunity:
        “Should I run hoes, sell crack and weed or just sell weed?”

      • Bobbala

        That 6th grade education would qualify for NASA today … somehow I think I should be apologizing.

      • Even the relatively middle-class blacks lack the thrift necessary to save money as investment capital or to start their own businesses. Haven’t we read here before that the median net worth of a US black woman is $15 or so? Hair weaves, glued-on fingernails, trendy clothes and a leased Lexus aren’t really “assets”.

    • Tom_in_Miami

      I like that, “…safe neighborhoods.”

  • A Freespeechzone

    When you bring a business into an area like that, you take on unreasonable risk from the savages.

    Why would a White go to these areas to shop and risk being ganged up on only to have the authorities blame the White for the unprovoked attack.

    Best to manage risk and just not go there…

    • That sort of business plan means you’re also biting off an unnecessarily large insurance bill. Insurance rates are based on actuarial tables, and these reflect real insurance claims, i.e. actual risk. As insurers discover that rioting blacks are tolerated on an official level – by the US Department of Justice, no less – and that law-enforcement is now a political football, business insurance rates in black areas will accordingly rise even higher.

  • Southsidestlreport

    I live in St. Louis. I love St. Louis. I used to be willing to look the other way on those moments when my black neighbors behaved rudely or just in a stupid manner. But the last number of years have not allowed such a convenience. I have felt like prey to the young, dumb, and black. A big part of that was that economics turned my world upside down. Economic turmoil resulted in instead of my driving through this city I now walked it or biked it. I got punched while riding my bike down Cherokee Street by 3 guys (only 1 punch). I get harassed walking/riding through the “wrong” block. When I walk down the street I carry a knife in my back pocket(and sometimes brass knuckles) and if I feel the oncoming traffic looks suspicious or oncoming is 2 or more black dudes, then I put that unopened knife in my hand and hold it like a cellphone… just in case, ready to flip open. Whenever I ride down Cherokee, just after I turn off Gravois the first few blocks, I ride with my brass knuckles on. My experience has encouraged me to behave this way out of self preservation. I don’t hate these people but there is a number of the young dumb and black that truly hate me, and I have a responsibility, for my own self preservation, to watch out for them. And this was all before Ferguson. I worry about my own safety and that of my neighbors. So many businesses along South Grand and Cherokee Street… just waiting to get busted up. The protesters occupied SLU, not at Wash U. And they won’t be rioting in Ladue. Its all a matter of convenience. SLU is on Grand. Wash U, the ivy league of the west and 1/3 jewish was not near the protest route. Ladue is one of the most notoriously rich parts of town which people on the North Side don’t even know how to get there. Its all a big joke.

    • Cherokee and Gravois…Grand and Gravois.

      Even if you didn’t know better, if you just stood on those corners, you can feel the “wrong” in the air.

      And, as you seem to have experienced first hand, that’s the heart of Knockout Martin Luther King country.

      • Southsidereport

        Yes… over on Grand/Gravois was where the Mayor pulled over to help out the dude walking home from the Schnucks whom got beat down by a group of 12 laughing black teens. Well the mayor of our city saw them laughing at least after they just finished the beating. Anything come of it? Nope. Let off scott free… even after the mayor was a witness. That’s beyond screwed up and that was years ago. Cherokee and Jefferson has its own little vibe of “wrong” in the air. Years ago I went down to get dog food at the Dollar store and the police were just getting done putting up crime scene tape outside the entrance. A dude ran inside for safety with his attackers following him into the store and stomped him to death right in front of the line of people at the cashier (just for the record… pretty sure that was black on black participants). I was once at the chinese restaurant that sits on this corner and was waiting for my food. A black teenager came inside and tried to buy a soda (he was waiting for the bus outside which is why there are always a bunch of black people just standing around on the corner). The soda was 45 cents. He gave the guy fifteen cents and demanded the soda. The chinese dude repeated the price. The kid was trying to strong arm him into it even though they were speaking through a glass wall (for the chinese guys protection). Only when I spoke up and told the guy that he was no better than the rest of us and to pay or leave… with a bit of telling me to mind my own business and being a jerk… he left and the chinese guy gave me my meal for free in thanks. On the other side of this corner is cellphone shop which I pay a bill at every month (I don’t use plastic cash). I have gotten a discount there for being a “good customer”. Why does this arab dude give me a discount? Because I don’t act like a complete piece of dirt when I come in the store, as I see happen time after time after time by the young, dumb, and black. I would not want to have his job.

        Cherokee Street, between Grand and Jefferson (plus the few blocks shooting off towards the Lemp Brewery) is like the hippest section of town. Most of the young crowd that hangs out on Cherokee are college educated, have night lives which involve art openings, music events and various other happenings. Some of the biggest power players on the scene are over privileged Wash U brats having their bohemian vacation. I’ve dated a few girls from Wash U and while they were all different the things that I disliked about them were similar and I think that was the Wash U in them. They all were goys whom like to go down to the Loop to get their bagels and lox. I would here voicings in them of America not really having a culture which is clearly something programmed into them through their “education”. A Wash U education seems to be 4 years of being in a very different ethnic environment (1/3 jewish is quite a contrast to 2% jewish for the normal population) with some sorta “we must change the ills of the world” attitude in their head. Patriotic sentiments and any kind of acknowledgement of ethnic pride(unless Jewish) are completely foreign ideas in a mind programmed by Wash U. RIght after the Ferguson riots started I ran into some people at the Shell on Arsenal (55 exit, 4 blocks up from Cherokee). They invited me to a gathering that Thursday night… they were going to get together and “sing songs for the revolution”. I am not even kidding. The ONLY POSITIVE to the riots we have coming our way is the cold douse of reality about to hit these peoples smack in the face.

        • Cherokee Street: A lot of Hispanics, now, too. The last time I was there, more than a year ago, one of the Mex bodegas on the corner of Cherokee and California, caddy corner from the old Woolworth, which is itself now a Mexican/Hispanic grocery store, has on its awning: “Mexico Lives Here!” I think to myself: Yeah, if we’re not careful, half of Mexico is going to be living here. But, compared to what was there, Mexico is an improvement.

          You’ll also recall this happening on Cherokee last year:

          http://countenance.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/three-possibilities/

          (That’s my personal blog. Since you’re a St. Louisan, you should be a regular.)

          One other thing infecting Cherokee Street, like you said, are the kook left whites. For some time, they’ve had some sort of “community arts” hovel very close to where Herman Eiselie’s place used to be.

          If I sound like I know what I’m talking about, three of my five boyhood homes were in that area, including one on Cherokee Street itself.

          • LexiconD1

            “Mexico” is NOT any better, and do not fool yourself into thinking so.

        • Christorchaos

          You are dead-on about Wash U.

        • Christorchaos

          The crud is creeping West on Gravois, apparently:

          ST. LOUIS • A restaurant owner fired shots that wounded at least one of two men who robbed Elicia’s Pizza, in the 6600 block of Gravois Avenue, about 12:20 a.m. Sunday, police said. One suspect was arrested and the other was still sought.

    • mikekingjr

      You had better learn how to hate your mortal enemies. Not that difficult.

      • Hy Alldredge

        Interesting thing about Hispanics is that they keep the blacks at bay. I live in NYC and can’t afford white neighborhoods, so I’ve always lived in Dominican neighborhoods. Two of the places I lived, including the current one, are directly adjacent to negroes. The one I’m in now has a mostly black housing project a few blocks away and the other was right next to Harlem. Despite the proximity, blacks hardly ever venture into the Hispanic areas. They’re going to be even sorrier than white people when/if America goes majority Hispanic. If you can take the noise and generally trashy behavior some Hispanic neighborhoods are tolerable. The people are annoying enough to keep rents down but don’t seem to share the black propensity for robbery, rape, assault, and murder for fun. I have heard bad things about SoCal Mexicans, though.

        • LexiconD1

          Dominican vs Mexican, is equal to comparing apples to poop. Mexico’s dregs are every bit as intolerable as blacks, and they hate YOU just as much.

          • Hy Alldredge

            Good to know. I have no experience living around Mexicans. NYC is pretty much dominated by Puerto Ricans and Dominicans.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Not only are the ghetto areas unsafe, even when someone brave enough opens a business, the cost of insurance is normally much higher so the prices are much higher in ghetto stores. And of course there is no explaining to blacks that the combined risks of doing business in their communities due to the statistical probability of higher crime also lends itself to higher prices. Normally the owners of small business in the ghetto are Pakistanis, Hindus or Jamaicans or other Africans, who don’t seem particularly enamored with being saddled with ghetto customers.

  • Ghost

    I would say the store owners are scared, not the customers. The smartest thing the good people of that town could do is cut off finances to that community. If the so called protesters want to try intimidation and vandalism as a remedy then take their grape drank and KFC from them along with their blunts and 40s.

    • mikekingjr

      They would REALLY riot then.

    • “Food Desert” coming in Ferguson, kemo sabe. Bad one!

      • LexiconD1

        I’m prepared, hope you all out there are, too!…

  • RacialRay

    Why are there ANY businesses still open in that jungle? Don’t they know that with every hint of bad news the Inventory Reduction Consultants will be helping themselves to their wares?

    “Pants up! Don’t…” ah, hell with it.

  • MBlanc46

    “The Swiish Bar and Grill owners have filed a lawsuit against the state
    of Missouri, St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the
    cities of Ferguson and Jennings for what they claim is more than
    $25,000 in lost revenue. Owners Chantelle and Corey Nixon-Clark told
    KTVI-TV they were forced to close their doors for weeks as a law
    enforcement command post was set up in the Jennings shopping center amid
    the riots.”

    Good on ’em. They’ll lose, but at least they’ve got the backbone to speak up.

    • Wouldn’t the presence of a police command post in that shopping center make it relatively safer than the surrounding areas?

      • Dan

        My city had a terrible flood last summer, and the mall near my house (not near enough to flood waters to be affected) was set up as a police command post. The mall itself was forced to close for this. Not sure what the reasoning is behind that, but maybe it’s similar.

  • mac Grath

    There is no resort we must deport !

    • mikekingjr

      Thank you, johnny cochran.

  • Robbie Cheney

    If crud like Michael Brown were roaming the streets with impunity prior to Brown’s stupidity then the area was already sliding downhill and accelerating.

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    Well, they’ve done it again. Another neighborhood made into a ghost town. Why don’t they rename it Martin Luther King-Ville.

    • mikekingjr

      That’s mike kingville, if you please.

  • De Doc

    Once again the African American community shoots itself in the foot by driving away economic opportunity. They can’t seem to do it on their own and the non-Blacks are too risk averse to set up shop in these explosive areas. Well played Black America, well played!

    • 1G25

      No other animal in nature defecates in its own nest.

      Only Semi-homo bluegumus.

  • mikekingjr

    Judging by the names of at least a couple of these business owners. I’d say blacks are hurting their own as well as Whites.

    • adplatt126

      What, you think blacks are poor because of white prosperity? Nice try, Lenin. Blacks are poor in part because they live around other blacks and in part because they lack gifts collectively. They’re victimized because they live amongst black criminals, etc.

      • mikekingjr

        Lenin? They should collectively grow a pair and move somewhere where the can grow their own food and support their own selves. Like they used to do with Massa’s oversight. They could do that, could they not?? Victimized because they choose to be so.

  • StillModerated

    Chantelle and Corey Nixon-Clark are suing Da Man for $25000. A classic case of ghetto lottery. In a hell hole where $800 is a decent income, this ought to keep them in malt liquor and Swisher Sweets for months to come.

  • [Guest]

    I enjoy humor even when it’s unintentional.

    >>>“I feel scared about my business,” Rokhaya Biteye, owner of Daba African Hair Braiding….

    Hahahahahahahaha.

    • Humor is at its best precisely when it is unintentional.

      • [Guest]

        It’s funny you should say that.

        I’ve been wondering why the very intentional attempts at humor in “racist” old Hollywood movies are so often unfunny. I think maybe it’s because the scripts portray blacks as simple and backward in a way that we were once supposed to laugh at but now are supposed to condemn as racist, but in the end the black is shown to be the character with the purest motives, often accompanied by supernatural insight.

        When you watch an old murder mystery, you can tell who done it by noticing how the characters interact with the black doorman, maid, or chauffeur. The killer is the one in the early scene about whom the black character mutters, “Deys sumthin bout dat man I jus dawn like!”

        The “humor” is way too scripted to be funny.

  • Luis

    I note that the Swiish Bar and Grill owners are suing the state of Missouri for lost profits, as a result of the riots. Why? Don’t they know there’s such a thing as Business Income insurance which insures against loss of business income from a covered peril like “riot or civil commotion? Missouri shouldn’t have to pony up money to these people, who should have obtained insurance through the marketplace.

    Also, that Bantu woman who owns that hair-weaving salon – why didn’t she get insurance for her business? She probably thought she’d skimp on expenses, while raking in huge profits. Cry me a river, lady!

    • Christorchaos

      Insurance … another white man evil plot from start to finish.

      • In 1997 while visiting the Mars Pathfinder operations center in California, Lee asked whether the Pathfinder had taken a picture of the US flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong. Even though Lee had been a 19 year-old adult, studying political science at Yale at the time of that Apollo landing, she apparently did not understand that mission went to the moon, and not Mars. One wonders how she was admitted to Yale in the first place.

        In 2010, Sheila remarked that “Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace. I would look for a better human rights record from North Vietnam, but they are living side by side.” (CBS News, July 16, 2010). This imbecile was apparently quite unaware that Vietnam had been forcibly reunified via the north’s invasion in 1975, 35 years before she made this speech.

        She has also claimed that the US Constitution, drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788, is “400 years old”. I must have been drunk and missed about 173 years there. I hope I didn’t do anything embarrassing during that time.

  • Black mentality: Those racist Chinese selling orange chicken, they ain’t the Colonel, BURN IT DOWN!

    White people need a country of their own.
    Northwestfront(dot)org

  • Christorchaos

    I see that the Feds shut down another vibrant Ferguson business on Friday:

    FERGUSON • It had everything you might find in a classic strip club — a pole for dancing, full bar, security and a VIP room.

    But this club operated by invitation in a one-story brick bungalow in a residential neighborhood in Ferguson, according to court documents.

    The VIP room was really the bedroom of a teenage boy. He was the bartender.

    And the home’s occupant was promoting prostitution, federal prosecutors say.

  • MooTieFighter

    Want a successful business, leave this sh&^%ole!