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White Store Owner Forced To Apologize For Asking To Celebrite White History Month, But Should He Have? (Video)

White Store Owner Forced To Apologize For Asking To Celebrite White History Month, But Should He Have? (Video)

by March 8, 2015 6 comments

The Liberals Have Spoken!

By: Tommy “Tj” Sotomayor

What started off as one man exercising his 1st amendment rights and also questioning the social norm turned into a man receiving death threats and eventually heeding to the will of the mob.

New Jersey Deli Owner Jim Boggess got the grand idea in his head that if blacks and everyone else can be pround in their race and heritage then why cant white people?  So what he did was put up a sign inside of his own Deli which simply stated “Celebrate Your White Heritage In March White History Month”!  Watch what went down after…

Now, Mr Curtis said that the thing that most bothered him was that the T in white was like a t would look when the Klu Klux Klan would burn a cross in your yard but to be honest  if thats what he was doing them why didnt he do it with the other T’s?

At first as you can see, the man tried to correct it with the T in the word white, the last one in black, but that wasnt enough for Mr Curtis.  Now Im sorry but you must be some type f idiot to call the police on a store owner for the sign but just like liberals Mr Curtis did it and actually got a police officer to come out and waste the tax payers money.  What should have happened is that the officer should have arrested Mr Curtis for being an idiot!

The mixed man then went on to after all of this to get along with the white man which leads me to ask, what was the big deal anyway?  Do you think whites should have their own history month?  TV stations?  Sports Conferences? ETC?

White History Month Jim BoggessJim Boggess of Jimbo’s Deli exercises his right to express himself.

 


FLEMINGTON — The sign in the deli window says, “CELEBRATE YOUR WHITE HERITAGE IN MARCH, WHITE HISTORY MONTH.”

Jim Boggess, proprietor of Jimbo’s Deli on Main at 22 Main St., says, “No matter what you are — Muslim, Jewish, black, white, gay, straight — you should be proud of what you are. I shouldn’t have to feel bad about being white.”

But a neighbor and former customer, Bhakti Curtis, who is bi-racial, doesn’t accept that. He said the sign, is “mocking Black History Month,” especially the way the T was crossed in “WHITE.” The cross piece was not right at the top, it was lower down, in a style used by the Ku Klux Klan and other white-power groups, Curtis said. That cross piece of the T has since been broadened to make it a more traditional, if top-heavy, capital T.

On March 3, Curtis saw the sign, told Boggess it offended him, but got no satisfaction. So he filed a complaint with the Flemington police. Detective Sgt. William Svard said Cpl. Louis Hribik’s report indicates that Curtis said the sign is “racist,” that he felt harassed by it and wanted to know what would be done about it.

Hribik went to Jimbo’s, looked at the sign, spoke with Boggess and decided that the sign wasn’t derogatory or racist and that no further police action was needed.

Boggess agrees with that assessment and believes he’s lawfully exercising his right of free expression. He keeps a copy of the Bill of Rights in his establishment for ready reference.

He said reaction to the sign has been mixed. Lots of people have been photographing his sign with their phones and giving him a thumbs-up. But others have objected, including someone from the Business Improvement District who asked him to take it down, he said.

Another critic of the sign is John Puckett, owner of the Main Street Bagel Co. a couple doors away. He said the sign is “an embarrassment” to Flemington “and makes us look like a town full of inbreds.”

Boggess said, “If there’s any racial discrimination going on, it’s by people who are objecting to his sign “because I’m white.” He said that while other groups have their own celebrations, “I just want to be included. Why is this such a big deal? I don’t get it.”

He said, “I love everybody and everybody should celebrate what they are.”

But Curtis is not feeling the love. “A business can’t go putting racist signs in the window because everybody has a right to go in that store. Everybody! And have a right to buy something from that man and not feel demoralized or degraded.”

He said that racial parity has not yet been achieved, as evidenced, for example, by the recent shootings nationwide of unarmed black men by police.

Boggess notes that he didn’t invent White History Month; it has its own website, which celebrates it in April. “But I’m having it in March,” he said.

So is the sign staying up? Boggess said on Wednesday, March 4, he’d leave it up for as long as he can, “but I’m getting a lot of pressure.”

That same morning, Curtis encountered Sgt. Svard and Police Chief George Becker in Cocco’s Cafe and asked them about the case. The conversation got unpleasant. Afterward Curtis went to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office to file a complaint that he had been unfairly threatened with arrest. “You can’t use authority like that,” he said.

Because of the involvement of the Prosecutor’s Office, Svard said he could not comment yet on what transpired at Cocco’s.

Curtis observed about the Cocco’s episode, “I’m big and black and have a loud voice. But that’s not against the law.” Curtis is determined to stand up for himself and continue his exploration of what is and isn’t against the law. On Wednesday morning, he said he was going to see a lawyer to talk about whether his civil rights have been violated by the police and by the sign.

For the record, although Curtis has a problem with White History Month, he is part white. “I’m black, Irish and Polish,” he said, “but I look black. I grew up in a white family, and I love white people. I just hate racism.”

Flemington ‘White History Month’ flap ends with apology

FLharmonyWEB.jpgJim Boggess and Bhakti Curtis have resolved their differences with an apology, a friendly discussion and a handshake.

FLEMINGTON — Those who chose sides in yesterday’s racial rift over a “White History Month” sign in a Main Street deli window may be disappointed. The proprietor of Jimbo’s Deli, Jim Boggess, has taken down the sign and apologized to Bhakti Curtis, the customer who had been offended by it.

Curtis in turn, accepted the apology and suggested that he and Boggess pose for a photo showing the restoration of harmony at least in this little corner of the world.

The controversy started when Boggess posted a hand-lettered sign in his deli window saying: CELEBRATE YOUR WHITE HERITAGE IN MARCH, WHITE HISTORY MONTH. Curtis, who is bi-racial, was offended and asked him to take it down, but Boggess refused. Curtis complained to the borough police, who decided that Boggess was within his rights.

Boggess explained yesterday, “I love everybody, and everybody should celebrate what they are,” and “I shouldn’t have to feel bad about being white.” Meanwhile, Curtis, who grew up in a white family, said, “I love white people. I just hate racism.”

Despite all the disclaimers of love, when the story of the conflict went public yesterday on NJ.com, it accrued more than 500 comments, most of them denouncing either Boggess or Curtis.

Both Boggess and Curtis were appalled by the volume and hostility of the response. Jimbo’s does not have a business phone, but Curtis’ dismay was increased by a number of threatening and abusive phone calls and emails. One of the haters even found it worthwhile to send an obscene email to a reporter, taking him to task for having a Jewish name.

This morning, the White History sign was nowhere to be seen. Boggess said, “I never meant it to be a black/white thing. I only meant it to be a white thing.” But some people “twisted the meaning” of the sign, and he was upset by what they were writing about Curtis, who has been his friendly acquaintance for some time.

“It was never my intent to draw so much attention,” said Curtis, “but I felt I had to speak up.”

Curtis has reported the hate mail and phone calls he has received to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office. He said he has been assured that the police and the county sheriff’s officers will be keeping a protective eye on his home.

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  1. Daniel
    #1 Daniel 8 March, 2015, 09:38

    Why not? I don’t see much of a problem w/ it. I mean it felt like a shaming move cause it’s like saying we have black history month, you can’t have that, you can’t have your white history month cause it’s not the same or something like that. I just don’t feel offended by it. Why not any race have a month talking about their people and what they did? It seem fair.

  2. kayoski
    #2 kayoski 8 March, 2015, 13:41

    What happened to the so called ffreedom for all?

  3. privatis
    #3 privatis 8 March, 2015, 19:06

    White History will often be associated with Imperialism, dominating other groups and assertion of power through violence. Asking what’s wrong with such a declaration can not be done in an historical vacuum – the actions of the past will always be considered. Yet it assumes that all groups are on equal footing. The american system is dominated by whites the assumption is there is no need for a cultural uplift through a a formal dedication like other group.

    I can see the possible dynamic where the establishment of a white history month would force other groups to consider the current power structure and formulate substantive change to improve their lot and draw race-based lines of demarcation. It seems most non-white groups form their own sense of heritage to boos their self-esteem in an effort to be included in the mainstream (with the white mainstream) while a white history month celebration would tell other non-whites that you would NEVER be like us. Perhaps that is a staunch truth with what type of outcome?

    • bobzike
      bobzike 11 March, 2015, 12:22

      You’re not making any sense.

      “It seems most non-white groups form their own sense of heritage to boos their self-esteem in an effort to be included in the mainstream (with the white mainstream) while a white history month celebration would tell other non-whites that you would NEVER be like us. Perhaps that is a staunch truth with what type of outcome?”

      Any and all “History Months” assigned a color or ethnicity will exclude someone.

  4. pepidio
    #4 pepidio 18 March, 2015, 16:53

    Whites do have history months. March is Irish American month.
    You should look up the list of American Heritage Months.
    http://www.indstate.edu/diversity/docs/National%20Heritage%20Months.pdf

  5. pepidio
    #5 pepidio 18 March, 2015, 16:59

    Whites do have history months. You should google the “list of American Heritage months”. March is Irish American month.

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