August 23, 2013, - 2:08 pm

RACISM: Meijer Store Customer Assaults, Threatens to Murder Me “bc of Trayvon Martin;” Black Employees Laugh w Her, Mock Me

By Debbie Schlussel

I have been offline and away for the most of the week because I’ve been swamped with a ton of legal work, away at court appearances and at the law library, and working on many documents that are due. And so I haven’t been around (I will be back very soon, and my movie reviews will be up later today). But this morning, as I took a brief break (because I needed to buy food) from being totally incommunicado from the world and engaged in non-stop work, something happened that I must publicize. All the “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” movies in the world, two elections of a Black President, and everything else have not helped race relations. It has only made Black Americans feel more justified in their racism against White people. This is why two Black teenagers and their Black wannabe White companion murdered an Australian baseball player, why an old White military veteran was murdered by Black teens, and why Black on White violence is on the uptick.


Racism Usually Doesn’t Come Cloaked in a White Hood

Today, my life was threatened and I was assaulted “in the name of Trayvon Martin” by a Black woman. And I guess I should not be surprised. Because this is America, now . . . where Black teens murder war veterans and Australian baseball players “just ‘cuz” (although it may have been a racist gang initiation). Where anything goes because someone has lighter skin and deserves to be “gotten,” to be treated as less then human. Will this “payback” ever end or just keep getting worse? Sadly, I vote the latter.

I can’t say this is the first time I’ve been a victim of Black racism or that “now” I know how it feels. Because as a White person who has grown up in Black areas, went to a majority Black high school, and now lives in a majority Black area, I’ve repeatedly been subject to the racism of one of the two most racist groups of people in the world: American Blacks. (The other group is Muslims.) Today, my life was threatened in the name of Trayvon Martin in a store, as I tried to check out. And it was done with the Black employees mocking me and laughing with the woman who threatened me that she would “beat yo’ ass and kill you.”

I was in one of two lines for self check-out at the Meijer store in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. (Meijer is like Walmart, only not as good.) I was waiting patiently and for a long time because, per usual at this Meijer store, several of the self-checkout stalls were not working. The man in front of me was in a wheel chair, and when the next self-checkout stall opened, he wheeled over. Then, finally another became available, and as I was heading over to it, a Black woman ran in front of me, dumped her stuff and began checking out, laughing at me. She was not anywhere in our line. I said, “Excuse me, but I’m next. I’ve been waiting a long time.” She just laughed and said, “I was in the other line and I don’t wanna wait. I don’t have to wait for you.” Yeah, why let the “White bitch” get her rightful turn in line, right? That’s what was going on here. (The other two women in line behind me were also White.)

I complained to the two Black female employees who were supposed to be manning the self-checkout, helping out customers, and so on. And they–one of them was named Denise W. and the other woman, whose badge was covered up, claimed her name is “Melinda”–refused and just laughed at me with the woman that cut in front of all of us. Then, they began mocking me and laughing at me with the other Black customers in line. Hey, look at this White bitch we’re not helping. We really got her. I said to “Melinda,” “Really? You’re laughing at me? This is funny to you?” She kept laughing.

Then, as I finally got a checkout stall, and I’m checking out, a Black woman at the self-checkout stall on the other side starts laughing at me and starts saying I deserved this “because of Trayvon Martin.” I said, “Oh, so you’re racist.” Suddenly, the woman is towering over me and in my face, in an uncontrollable rage, yelling, “What did you say, bitch?! I’ll beat your ass. I’ll beat you and kill you.” She kept repeating that, with the Black female Meijer employees, Denise W. and “Melinda,” laughing (with her and at me). Yeah, really funny. I felt my life was in danger. Her threats of violence constitute the crime of assault. I really thought this woman was going to attack me and I asked her to leave me alone. She refused, and the Black female employees refused to help me. They just kept smiling and laughing. Finally, a Black male teen (a decent guy) pushed the woman away, told her stop, and I got away.

I went to the other side of the store, and I demanded to speak with the manager. The temporary manager of the store, a tattooed jerk named, Julius Valdez, treated me like an idiot. He said it’s my fault I didn’t call the police, and that it’s not their job to protect customers or do anything in situations like these. He refused to tell me the name on “Melinda’s” badge, telling me I should go over and ask her, even though this woman was laughing as my life was being threatened. He said they can’t give out personal information, when I pointed out I’m asking what name it really says on her badge, which is covered by her hair. He refused to tell me. I asked, “Why do you have employees wear name badges, then?” He just laughed at me and told me that some woman will call me and that he can’t help me.

I called the Meijer customer service hotline to complain, and the woman who took my complaint told me it’s not Meijer’s responsibility to keep the stores safe from racial violence from customers. Oh, really? The law says otherwise. If it happens on your property–especially if your employees are a part of it–you are responsible. Period.

This isn’t the first time some racial incident like this–with Black anti-White racism showing its ugly head–has happened to me at this particular Meijer store (and I’ve heard from friends of their experiences). Several years ago, a similar incident occurred with threats made against me by a Black Meijer employee, and I complained to the manager, who promised to do something about it if I didn’t pursue the complaint further. I’m sorry I agreed to that, and I spent several years not going to that store after that. I thought things had changed since then, but I was wrong, because Black America has not changed for the better. It has only gotten more racist against non-Blacks. And this Meijer store and its employees and customers reflect that trend. The Black employees who work at this Meijer store routinely allow this kind of thing to go on because White people are less worthy in their eyes, and they are not trained in any kind of racial sensitivity to White people.

I’m sick of it, and I’m thinking of filing a complaint with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (a sham tax-funded body which couldn’t care less unless the alleged victim is Black, Muslim, gay, or some other politically correct “target”) and maybe a lawsuit against Meijer to get the store do something about this. This is the only Meijer store where this happens that I’ve visited, and that’s because it’s the only one where the majority of the employees and customers are Black. They feel they can get away with this, and they do. The Meijer family continues to rake in billions and do nothing as racism goes on in their Southfield store.

Some might say I should have accepted the “soft racism” of the woman who cut in front of me and the Black employees who mocked me and said nothing, as I was blamed for Trayvon Martin by the racist thug-etter in the check-out bay next to me. But this is America. I get to say whatever I want. And I should be able to say it without having murder threatened against me in a retail store, to the laughs of its racist employees. This isn’t the Soviet Union or Cuba or Hezbollah-controlled South Lebanon or Saudi Arabia (although in at least some of those places people stand in line obediently).

There is a reason that some friends of mine refer to this particular store as “Ghetto Meijer.” Friends ask me why I shop at that store, as they avoid it whenever possible. (My view is that I shouldn’t inconvenience myself and go out of my way because of their racism. That’s rewarding them.) White people are made to feel unwelcome there. And, apparently, threatening their lives as they try to shop is simply “hilarious” to the Black employees.

That’s America now. Alleged White racism against Black people from years ago–such as Paula Deen telling the truth about using the N-word decades ago, while she employs many Blacks–ruins your career, and you lose everything. But Black racism against Whites is not only tolerated and acceptable. It’s the fashion of the day.

I suppose I’m lucky I got away without being harmed physically. Thanks, Meijer!

Exit Question: if Barack Obama had a Black sister, would she look like the woman who threatened to kill me in the name of Trayvon Martin?

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205 Responses

I see the latest troll tactic here is to hog up space by posting huge articles about retarded ass actors followed by lists of gibberish. Some people sure are scared to death of the idea of people carrying on an uncensored discussion or voicing opinions that are different from theirs.

RT on August 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Too bad, jimcarey, most of the important points and debates on the subject of the article have already taken place. The genie is out of the bottle, so to speak, and can’t be stuffed back in. And, since this is Debbie’s blog, if she decides she doesn’t like you screwing with the discussion, she can zap your big article about that retard and that stupid list of crap with a couple key strokes. Poof! So long sucka! When it comes to trolls, it sure is amateur hour around here. The radon exposure in mom’s basement must be making them all brain dead.

RT on August 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Hate to say it Debbie, but you should have called the cops and filled a formal complaint. That would have gotten everyone’s name on record, then proceeded to file complaints everywhere, Department of Human Resources, the City’s Human Relation’s Commission, the state rep and senator for the district where the store is located, with the city assemblyman where the store is located, contact the media, etc. The one thing box stores district managers and higher ups don’t like is negative publicity. It’s bad for business. Also, and more importantly, events like these needs to be in the media front and center. There is no such thing as “soft” hatred (recall Krystalnicht?)If it doesn’t stop now, who’ll be next? When when the threat become more than mere words?

Paul on August 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Time for concealed carry, Deb? At least the next time some idiot gets up in your face, and you don’t feel you can escape without injury, you’ll have a way out. Not sure that MI even permits concealed carry, however.

jc15 on August 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Wow, jimcarey, you must really, really like Jim Carrey! What a putz!

jc15 on August 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Racism is the name given to the historical Grand Narrative (that is, it tries to explain everything that has happened in one theory) that blames all existing problems on people from other countries.

Once it becomes clear that people from other countries can’t always be blamed for everything Racist adherents then attempt to work out who within their country are actually from other countries. Racists believe that countries are made up only of people who look exactly the same as each other. Therefore anyone deviating from this rule must be who is causing the problem.

Not caused by white people

Racists therefore develop an overinflated opinion of themselves while simultaneously belittle and begrudge anyone who is different. They do not make great dinner party guests for this reason. Or great human beings for that matter.

Fuck off and read a book you insufferable assholes

Having said that, the following countries are deemed still worthy of mockery by the team here at Cracked:
France (cheese eating surrender monkeys)
Germany (dangerously obedient)
Mexico (USA’s shoe)
Canada (USA’s hat)
Japan (batshit insane)
Belgium (nowheresville)
Italy (First world country, but nobody’s told them yet)
Texas (what people really mean when they don’t like America)
Russia (if you don’t laugh, you’ll shit your pants)
Britain (they have a Queen for fuck’s sake)

Honourable mention: Finland (neither Norway nor Sweden)

batman on August 26, 2013 at 6:36 am

This is appalling behaviour and how dare they. Taking advantage of a defenceless person. The irony is Miss Schumel, you are happy for this to happen to a Muslim or a black person when the roles are switched. So it’s a bit difficult to feel any sympathy for you. Maybe events like this will wake you up to the hatred and vitriol you spout towards other people.

The Prophet Muhammad on August 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

This is appalling behaviour and how dare they. Taking advantage of a defenceless person. The irony is Miss Schumel, you are happy for this to happen to a Muslim or a black person when the roles are switched. So it’s a bit difficult to feel any sympathy for you. Maybe events like this will wake you up to the hatred and vitriol you spout towards other people.

The Prophet Muhammed on August 26, 2013 at 8:01 am

Debbie. My heart goes out to you. What an awful, frightening experience. In our country today, If the races had been reversed – you were black and the perpetrators white…..oh my! Al and Jesse would have been there in a heartbeat. The NAACP would be having fits, the SPLC would demand our Attorney General have the “Justice Department” begin an investigation. The state run media would highlight their #1 race-baiting “Journalist” doing their own stirring of the racial pot – 24/7. The “Fund raising to end racism, etc” would begin in earnest. Racism is big business. The blacks have been subtly given carte blanche to upgrade the violence against whites. The state run media was forced to report on the beating death of the WW Two veteran and the young man from Australia due to local publicity and the public outcry. Their reporting, naturally, was couched in terms of victimhood in respect to the murdering thugs – who were referred to as “Children,” from broken homes, no opportunity, etc. I seem to remember Clarence Thomas lived in a “House” with a dirt floor, etc….talk about abject poverty, and look what he did with his life. The media has ignored many black on white horrific crimes They don’t fit the template of today’s “Reporting” and because of this, censorship by omission is the order of the day. What happened to you, Debbie, is horrific. Incidents like this will continue – and escalate – as the country is led down a path of selective racism. I pray for you Debbie. As they say, “Keep the faith.” G_D will protect you.

Victoryman on August 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

    VM, I also want to remind people that a 20 YO BLACK thug was arrested this weekend for breaking into the home (he was a burglar…what a shock!) of a 99 year old WHITE widow and killing her.

    Story in on my Twitter TL.

    DS was spot on…apres moi, les deluge!!

    Skunky on August 26, 2013 at 10:30 am

What dis she do with Emily Zanotti?

howard wolowitz on August 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

The trolls are particularly stoopid this time. However, their contributions have helped me clarify my thinking on certain issues.

Clearly, we should join our Euro friends in filtering the morons out of higher education. They need real jobs, not college. We should end guaranteed student loans. If Shaquila can’t send Doan’e to college, we’ll all just have to live with it.

Also, we’ve got to require Norplant for females who have welfare, and there can be no more than 6 months of eligibility.

I hope we have more of these trolls.

skzion on August 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm


123guy on August 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

or “grimey” as he liked to called….. 🙂

123guy on August 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

well, you can certainly get a feel for the lefty-progressive-democrat-liberal-obama-would-be-sons-black-racist savage mind on this thread.

kirche61 on August 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

The only solution is to send those black back to Africa.
The place where they belong.

Erika on August 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Debbie, this sounds like clear grounds for a lawsuit and you, being an attorney, should go for it. Don’t make it for a small amount but sue for big bucks to get their attention. And, perhaps in addition to suing Meijer you can sue the individual employees separately. If it gets enough publicity perhaps other stores with black employees will warn them against this type of behavior. BTW, I rarely go into a Meijer store, or even Walmart of Sams Club. There are to many better alternatives.

Wally on August 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I would like to share something positive: the local NAACP was helpful in providing support to my family when–on my son’s first day of school–his teacher pointed to him and said that he was the only one in the class who would have been able to sit anywhere he wanted to on a public bus in the 1960’s. The NAACP representative offered to provide an in-service to the staff and faculty, but the school district was not interested and I did not pursue the matter.

Here’s the victim card that Debbie does not need to play to feel good about herself:
“There was a swimming place called Beaver Dam in Cockeysville [outside of Baltimore, MD]. It was marvelous because it was an old quarry. There was a big sign when you drove up – NO JEWS OR DOGS ALLOWED. GENTILES ONLY!””

from South of the Mason Dixon line on August 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Unfortunately, Debbie, the only synagogues in Grand Forks and Fargo are Reform, or I would be telling you to move.

North Dakota is a hell of a lot more civilized than Detroit.

Occam's Tool on August 27, 2013 at 1:41 am

Ms. Schlussel; the very moment that the black customer got in your face and threatened to “beat your ass” and kill you would be the moment that you could have probably been justified in taking out a concealed carry weapon, point it at her and at the same time dial 911. White people in this country are under attack from racist blacks and IMO the only answer is to get your CCW and carry wherever you go.

kenny komodo on August 28, 2013 at 5:43 am

WHY NOT JUST AVOID CR@P like this, Deb, by NOT SHOPPING IN A GHETTO STORE? Sometimes it’s best to just LET GO, instead of stubbornly insisting on your “rights” and suffering even further because you’re dealing with neanderthals. Be the bigger person and leave these THUGS to their own devices.
–Good luck.

Practical Person on August 30, 2013 at 4:52 am

So, Meijer’s is not as good as Walmart? That must be pretty bad. Wasn’t Walmart one of the worst grocery chains in some survey, perhaps Consumer Reports?

Getting to the substance of this story: nothing surprises anymore. Unfortunately, there is a generation of blacks who possess unrestrained hatred of whites, and little willingness to engage in appropriate, civil public behavior. It’s impossible to complain to anybody, because their white liberal enablers won’t hear of it. I’m afraid I have to agree with Pat Buchanan, that the only people who cannot complain of discrimination are the white victims.

BethesdaDog on August 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

It is sad what happened. But as a black one of few or many who read and support your work. I to live in the area and its not right. But debji come on, you say
A lot of things about people anAnd your views are completely racist
With out any hint of sorrow or regret. I like to be aware of what’s going on.
At first reading your blog, I said ok this woman can write. She also has some valid points and because she’s a native Detroiter she can speak on these topics.
Serioisly you’ve been foul and very disrespectful at times. And what gets me
Is you of all people (educated and all) should know when and what is appropriate
Do what you need to, file suits and such. But you’ve stirred up people and didn’t
Give the entire story. Just knowing you from your writing style suggests you said and maybe did more. But murderous threats are not a joke. So I wish you well.
Your followers constantly spew hate and racisism. Look at the comments
Black on white racism is as much a joke as white on black or arab on jew.

non sense on September 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Its all down to individuals. Races/religions have nothing to do with idiotic behaviour. Religions can only teach so much about kindness but PEOPLE choose to do what they want. No doubt Debbie is racist but I know not all white people are like that because skin colour has nothing to do with personality. Debbie, please get a life and stop being a bitch. Your opinions aren’t worth getting upset over so everyone ignore her and continue with your own lives

Kate on November 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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