T. I. Joins Boycott Against Houston’s Restaurant In Atlanta

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T. I. Joins Boycott Against Houston’s Restaurant In Atlanta

Over the weekend, Atlanta residents came together to picket local restaurant Houston’s after workers there were accused of discriminating against its African-American customers.

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“We have closed Houston’s down for the moment, indefinitely,” T.I said in a video. “When they figure out how to treat us, they can open back up.” He captioned the video with the hashtag’s “#BoycottHoustons,” “HoustonsWeHaveAProblem,” and “USorElse” referencing his 2016 politically-charged EP of the same name.

“This is the kind of activity that we will not accept in our community, as a culture, and with us having buying power in this city,” he told a local news station.

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Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike backed longtime activist Jay Morrison and T.I’s Houston’s protest and urged Atlanta residents to join in on the demonstration and support black-owned businesses.

“Houston’s is a restaurant that is supported by the black dollar in Atlanta and supported by the entertainment dollar especially,” Mike said in a video posted to his Instagram. “I just call on entertainers and other members of Atlanta who are for justice and right — black or white — and black Atlanta in particular. Not only boycott Houston’s but find a black restaurant to support or one that treats your community well.”

Following the protests and social media uproar, Houston’s released a statement responding to the claims.

“We have employed a diverse, hard-working staff serving Atlanta’s similarly diverse clientele for many years,” the restaurant wrote in a statement. “Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media. Our policies and guidelines apply equally to everyone.”

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