This letter references the article, “With Good Food and Low Prices, Maywood Shrimp House Passes ‘First Year’ Test,” which was published on June 12, 2016.
This the quote in question: “I believe black businesses can do business together,” he said. “I’m tired of other nationalities coming into our communities to drain us.”
Let me first apologize to anyone who may have read the article and was offended as that was not my intention.
I spoke with the publishers of the article and relayed my dissatisfaction about how they misquoted a statement that I made. The statement I made was that I was tired of other nationalities that come into predominately black neighborhoods and take our money and put nothing back into our communities but at the same time take our funds and resources out of the community by not living here.
My belief is that there is no business that provides revenue in our communities that we as African-Americans can’t do or open in our own communities.
My comments were not meant to be seen as if other nationalities should not open in these communities, but as a statement that the ownership of businesses in the community should be reflective of the inhabitants of that community. VFP
— Dvonn Smith, owner, Atlantis Shrimp House, Maywood
Publishers’ note: The quote in question has since been removed from that article and it’s accompanying Facebook post.
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