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By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – Chief
PHILADELPHIA (BASN) For Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson, life was looking up.
Having negotiated sweat equity into a profitable situation, the 24 year old, 6’11” 220 pound Henson signed a four year, $44 million dollar contract with the up-and-coming Bucks.
Perhaps to treat himself, Henson, a four year veteran, went to the Schwanke-Kasten jewelry store in a suburb of Milwaukee called Whitefish Bay to shop. Apparently the sight of a tall young Black man sauntering toward a jewelry store front door was enough to freak out the employees, who locked Henson out the store a half – hour before closing.
As to the gist of what happened this past Monday, well…best to let Mr. Henson tell it (per his Instagram account):
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 a part 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 most degrading and racially prejudiced 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 .
Unbelievably, after police verified and identified Henson as a professional basketball player, an employee apparently wanted those cops to stand by and guard him/her while Henson was looking at Rolex watches – the police reportedly refused.
Now this all happened over the course of one day; and racial profiling has surely been done before; but just as in the James Blake incident, the Wrong Black Man was on the end of this one…
Tom Dixon, President of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, released a statement less than eight hours later:
“We all agree that racial profiling is never acceptable and deeply regret how the circumstances unfolded Friday and today.
John Henson is a valued member of the Bucks basketball organization and a valued member of the Milwaukee community. We believe that everyone – professional athlete or not – deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I have reached out to the Bucks organization and hope to sit down directly with John Henson to look one another in the eye, shake hands, and apologize for what he experienced.”
According to several media sources, Henson says the situation occurred at one of the company’s stores in Whitefish Bay on Monday. Tonight’s statement, by the company, goes on to add that employees were following a regular protocol after receiving multiple calls about the store’s inventory on Friday and thus contacted Whitefish Police.
The company says police determined a dealer vehicle to be suspicious, because its plates were issued by a dealer and were not registered to that specific car on which they were displayed. The company added in its statement that the dealer indicated the possibility that the plates were stolen.
The company says it was only when store employees saw the same vehicle outside their location on Monday that they followed a “safety protocol” and contacted the Whitefish Police Department. The company also says that as a precaution the store was kept locked. The company says that is was only after police determined that there was no cause for concern that the store was re-opened.
Now how do we know John Henson is The Wrong Black Man? Dixon supposedly wants to meet with Bucks’ officials and Henson on Tuesday, according to TV station WISN 12…
For the purpose of corporate translation, this is what was said by Dixon after the cameras were turned off (merely speculation on my part, for sure)
“ARE YOU OUTTA YOUR FUCKING MIND? WHAT MAKES YOU THINK ONE NIGGA WOULD WALK INTO A JEWELRY STORE TO ROB IT, EVEN IF HE WAS 15 FEET TALL!
DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH POTENTIAL BUSINESS YOU’VE PUT AT RISK? WE WANT THEIR DAMN MONEY – AND WHICH ONE OF YOU MUTHAFUCKAS WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO ASK THE POLICE TO REMAIN – TO ‘GUARD YOU’ AFTER HENSON WAS VERIFIED AS CLEAN AND UPSTANDING?
IF THAT NIGGA SPREADS THE WORD AND FRIENDS LISTEN, WE HAVE BEEN FUCKED! THE PACKERS FIND OUT, BREWERS FIND OUT THIS THING SPIRALS -BECAUSE THEY WILL SPEND THEIR MONEY ELSEWHERE!!!
I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE BIFF AND MUFFY’S BABY GIRL – I SHOULD FIRE YOUR SKANK AZZ! OUR VALUE LASTS ONLY AS LONG AS WE CAN MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE WHAT WE HAVE IS TRULY WORTH HAVING…OR WORTH ANYTHING!
THERE IS A WHOLE INDUSTRY THAT DEPENDS ON ‘BLING’ ON STUPID NIGGAS FOOLISHLY SPENDING THEIR MONEY ON WATCHES AND PLATINUM CHAINS DIAMONDS AND GARISH MEDALLIONS THAT WE OVERCHARGE THEM FOR!!
FORTUNATELY, OPRAH WAS SUCH A DUMB BITCH SHE CAME BACK TO HERMES AFTER SHE WAS TURNED AWAY – TWICE; NOW THAT’S SLAVE MENTALITY FOR YOU! LUCKY FOR ALL OF US SHE DIDN’T HIRE A BUNCHA YOUNG TALENT OUTTA F.I.T. – AND FORM HER OWN SILK SCARVES LINE!
GEORGE JEFFERSON WAS WRONG – THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH ‘GREEN’ TO WASH OFF THEIR ‘BLACK’ – JUST TAKE THEIR MONEY AND SMILE, YOU DUMB FUCKS!
NOW I HAVE TO SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS TOMORROW – AND YOU ALL HAD BETTER HOPE THEY BUY WHAT I’M SELLING – OR THERE WILL BE MAJOR CHANGES MADE – GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY SIGHT!!!”
Too extreme, you say? Think about it the next time you’re in a grocery or department store and you’re followed around. Or when you see cars advertised as products which exploit privilege (as was pointed by my esteemed colleague Gary Norris Gray in an earlier BASN piece)
I do hope Mr. Henson follows through on his designs to boycott Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in spite of the potential ass – kiss coming his way; because if he had been a postal worker who had saved up to buy an engagement ring for his lady love, the same pain is being inflicted. Knowing what he knows now, John Henson can never turn back – let this wake-up call signal a boycott that will put a dent into all companies’ bottom lines if they do not respect…
What’s in your wallet!
Always outnumbered…never outgunned.
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