Unions Attack/Destroy African American Hot Dog Vendor’s Equipment

One story that no one seems to be talking much about is the violent attack on an African American small businessman’s hot dog vending stand perpetrated by criminal union thugs during Monday’s right-to-work fracas in Lansing, Michigan.

Clint Tarver set up his stand near the Americans for Prosperity tent that union goons later tore down and, at least initially, Mr. Tarver reported that things were “going real well,” until the union toughs got into their woefully common criminal behavior.

Tarver was not just selling his hotdogs to the AFP folks but to anyone that wanted a snack. But it wasn’t long before the union members began to taunt him, even calling him a “n*gger,” calling him an “Uncle Tom,” and accusing him of being “on the wrong side.”

“They were yelling ‘Uncle Tom,’ and ‘You on the wrong side!'” Tarver said yesterday, recounting the incidents as he described the day’s events. “I kept telling them ‘I’m here to sell hot dogs.’ That’s when they told me I’m on the wrong side. I said ‘I’m not on any side.'”

Mr. Tarver didn’t just show up at the capital on a whim, either. His hotdog stand is a popular warm-weather feature for capital goers. His stand has been a fixture outside the capital at Lansing for over a decade.

On Monday, Tarver had some of his catering equipment inside a tent when just after 11AM “things turned ugly.”

Tarver said as thugs began tearing down the tent, other men — to whom he had served hot dogs — came inside and began turning over tables and wrecking his equipment. Tarver said two of the men wore masks — one a devil’s mask and the other a ski mask.

“I gave them hot dogs (earlier) because they had tickets,” Tarver said, adding that the masked men were friendly and took the hot dogs, but within a few minutes were destroying his equipment.

“These guys five minutes later were turning over the coffee table. He put his mask back on
and next thing I know they was turning over the table,” Tarver said.

“They just kept on going. They weren’t men,” Tarver said frustrated as he tried to describe the hate and violence he experienced.

This African American small businessman had his livelihood destroyed by union thugs. And why? Because he happened to serve a hotdog to the AFP folks? That was enough reason for these union goons to attack him?

Now, imagine if this had happened to an African American at a Tea Party event. The Old Media establishment would have made a hero of a Clint Tarver. He’d be on every newscast, every network, every radio show, in every newspaper and on the cover of every magazine as a symbol of the hate conservatives have for “America.”

But because he might be able to be linked to a conservative group no matter how tangentially and because it was union thugs that perpetrated the racist, violent attack on the man, the Old Media ignores Mr. Tarver’s story.

Here is a little news piece made last April about Mr. Tarver’s hot dog business, showing how many of Lansing’s denizens know and love him and his small business.

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  • Vagabond661

    I call upon Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to denounce these racist union thugs.

    • 914

      Sharpton would not be seen around anyone that pays their taxes..

      • Vagabond661

        Ok, how about Carl and Chico?

        • Commander_Chico

          OK, I disapprove on attacks on hot dog vendors. Happy?

          • Sky__Captain

            I feel compelled to note that Chico’s statement does not mention anything about the racism evident by the union thugs.

            So Comrade Chico does not denounce the union racist thugs.

          • retired.military

            I thought you would require them to have OWS signs before you disapproved of it.

        • 914

          I would guess Carl would approve because Tarver is a Teabillie tool.

  • jim_m

    Well he wasn’t supporting the left wing agenda so he’s not authentically black, which means that he’s really not black at all and the left can do anything they want to him and it isn’t racism.

  • Brucehenry

    “Now, imagine if this had happened to an African-American at a Tea Party event.”

    Another edition of the Huston Report: News That Might Have Happened.

    • herddog505

      Sounds straight out of MiniTru to me. After all, despite NO actual evidence, Tea Parties have been slurred as violent and RAAAAACIST.

    • Sky__Captain

      And yet another edition of “Little Brucie lacks the ability debate the topic, so he attacks the thread author”.

      So typical of him.
      And yet, the statement by Huston is actually correct, the state-controlled media would have gone crazy over it. If one can’t realize that, then one lacks the common sense to post on the internet.

      • Brucehenry

        When one blogs, one opens oneself willingly to attacks.

        If, by “attacks,” you mean harmless snark meant as mild criticism.

        I’ll leave the paranoia evidenced by using the term “state-controlled media” alone.

  • Wild_Willie

    This goes toward my saying that liberals are the most racist people. They always notice color. They put policies in place for minorities because they do not think said minorities can compete with whites. They don’t have the ability. Pushing around a black man and calling him the N word is just part and parcel of their true heart. ww

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