T.I. Participates in Protest of Houston’s Restaurant in Atlanta
If we've learned anything about T.I. recently, it's that he's down to ride for the cause. Recently, a few of the Houston's Restaurants in Atlanta have been accused of discrimination. Some angry ATLiens decided to do something about it and boycott the eating establishments. And the Kang was front and center.
Tip announced the protest on his Instagram page. "Ok so I've heard 4 different stories from 4 different sources about discrimination against US at 2 separate Houstons Steakhouse locations in my city. Tomorrow we get answers. #HoustonsWeHaveAProblem," he wrote.
On Saturday (Oct. 7), a group of protesters, including the Hustle Gang head honcho, descended upon the Houston's location on Lenox Road. Armed with signs and yelling, "Whose City! Our City!" they made their presence known.
"We have closed the Houston's down for the moment, indefinitely," Tips says, in an Instagram video recorded at the protest. "When they figure out how to treat us, they can open back up."
Houston's has responded to the backlash on social media. "We have employed a diverse and hard-working staff serving Atlanta's similar diverse clientele for many years," the statement reads (below). "Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media. Our policies and guidelines apply equally to everyone."
Mr. Harris isn't afraid to put his feet in the streets. Back in July, he participated in a march in Atlanta to protest the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. That time, the crowd gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and headed to the CNN Center before moving on to Williams Street near the Connector, where they were met by a police blockade. A standoff ensued around the corner from T.I.’s local restaurant Scales 925.
Check out footage from the Houston's Restaurant protest below.
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