TULSA, OKLAHOMA — This is a completely unacceptable situation here. The store owner, on video, physically assaulted this mother in front of her child … all over an item less than $1.
The owner of Tulsa’s Juns Beauty Supply store is facing mass boycott after he was filmed punching a Black mother in the face. This situation escalated after he accused her 3-year-old son of walking out of the store with a keychain.
Tulsa World reports the woman’s identity as April Harding. Harding was confronted by the store’s owner, Changseok Jun.
The source mentions that, as Harding and Jun argued, she threw the item back in the store — according to Tulsa Police Department spokesperson Shane Tuell.
But as can be seen from the video, when the woman turned to walk away, she threw up her hand dismissively — mistakenly connecting with Jun as he attempted to follow her.
That’s when he punched the woman in the mouth, all of which was caught on video.
“Mr. Jun…punched the woman in the right side of her mouth with his closed fist,” Tuell states.
According to Tulsa World, Harding mentioned as follows.
“We had words and then I attempted to walk away from him. When I did, I did my hand like this, like ‘whatever,’ and when I did, he grabbed my arm and spun me around and punched me in the lip.”
“He didn’t have to do anything that he did,” she adds. “Especially not hit me in my face.” Harding told the source she needed 3 stitches in her lip to close the cut.
Jun has been charged with assault and battery — which is a misdemeanor. However, given the scenario, the neighborhood is not happy.
Tulsa World reports that local protest organizer Cleo Harris told the source his actions were simply “unacceptable.”
“You’re taking the Black dollar, but you don’t trust us coming in to buy your product that is a creation of us.”
Likewise, Henrietta Snacks mentions:
“🗣️ SISTERS, stay out of these non-black owned establishments — especially the ones that are smack dab in the middle of predominately black areas. They do not view you as human. You can find everything you need online (Amazon) or at a black owned shop not too far away.”
Another Twitter user, @stuffmomsays7 , says this situation took her back to the days she used to shop in Asian beauty shops as well.
“…for a long time, I got tired of being followed around (like I need to steal something, when I make 6 figures) and the employees just being rude like they are doing me a favor.”
Reports state the store was closed on Monday while protesters stood outside.
WARNING: The following video contains graphic content and offensive material. Viewer discretion is advised.
This is at Juns Beauty Supply in Tulsa, OK. The one of North Peoria.
This is the 2nd time an Asian owner of a Black beauty supply shop has physically attacked a Black woman in the past week.
A small child walked out w/ a keychain – she took it back.
He punched her in the face pic.twitter.com/UzGyAkNp2F
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 13, 2018
Journalist Shaun King mentions that “this is the 2nd time an Asian owner of a Black beauty supply shop has physically attacked a Black woman in the past week.”
Via his Twitter post, the story has received tons of feedback. But the most infuriating of all is seeing Black MEN defend the attacker’s actions — stating, as @CruelPhilosophr puts it: “So we really gonna act like she ain’t hit that man?”
As aforementioned, she threw up her hand as she turned to walk away, and he literally walked into her hand while trying to chase after her. Then, deliberately, closed-fist punched her in the mouth — possibly something he wanted to do all along.
What makes this comment section even more weird is that white women are the ones on the Black mother’s side, as well as that of Black women in general. For instance, Lauren Miers mentions as follows.
“My boys have walked out of stores with little things often over the years. I always return them. I’ve never been punched because of it. Black women don’t have that liberty. That is both sickening and enraging. If it had been a white woman he wouldn’t have done that.”
As this is quite the infuriating topic, we’d love to know your thoughts about this one. Do you think she intentionally hit the owner? Do you think he should’ve hit her the way he did? Do you think Black men defending the store owner are P.O.S.’s?
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