NBA player John Henson has taken his frustration of racist behavior to Instagram. Despite him having a multi-million dollar deal and lucrative endorsements, one jewelry store in Whitefish Bay could care less about him or his money.
Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in Whitefish Bay, WI (a predominately white neighborhood) apparently didn’t want to sell their merchandise to a black man because they locked their doors, told him to go away and all of the staff went to the rear of the store never opening the doors for Henson. Then what happened next was just out of the sheer ignorance of a businessman, the police were called and of course they bombarded Henson with questions. After confirming Henson was on the up and up, the officers told the owners there was no “funny business” going on.
The jewelry story established in 1899 has 2 locations one in Whitefish Bay and downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It wouldn’t matter if they were established on October 1, 2015, what they did was unacceptable and we agree with John Henson, no person of color should spend one thin dime in either of their locations.
EarHustle411 and the writing staff often asks this question: When will we as African-Americans stop spending our money with businesses that obviously don’t respect us for our “black” skin but will take our “green” money? Well in this case was a double whammy, disrespect of the black skin and denial to accept green money. Maybe a nice discrimination lawsuit would open the eyes of the store owners. If he receives an apology, of course we would not be surprised at all, still doesn’t change the fact that their racist behavior has tarnished the legacy of their store and any company’s merchandise they sell like Tudor and Rolex or Tag Heuer and Brietling
This store’s days might be numbered as there is already a boycott page on Facebook. If John Henson’s fans are outraged enough they just may picket in front of both stores.
Take a look at John Henson’s Instagram post:
Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours . They locked the door and told me to go away . After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes ( I assumed they were called by the store ) . I was then approached by 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up . This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone . This store needs to be called out and that’s what I’m doing . You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn’t bring any business to this discriminatory place .