A Black owned gaming lounge in Indiana that has yet to open claimed they are being harassed after they received a racist note telling them to shut down their business.
“Close shop! We don’t support black business owners!” reads the sheet of paper business partners Tony Jones and Sami Ali said was shoved through a mail slot in the door of their new gaming lounge in Indianapolis.
“It doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t hurt us at all, the way it affects us, it motivates us to reach out and do what we had been doing to bring people together,” Jones told WTHR.
“I made a police report to document that people are doing hate crimes towards our business,” Ali told the local news station. “Thank god it was just a note. No broken windows or anything.”
Jones and Ali wanted to open up the gaming lounge so that gamers can meet and play games with another in the community. Jones told WXIN that they never would have thought they would feel discriminated against in the community.
“Because gamers don’t get out much,” Jones said. “We want this to be a place where they can get out and socialize. We can find out what we have in common instead of what separates us.”
Other businesses and neighbors have rallied around Jones and Ali, to show that their community does not stand for intolerance.
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