How to tell if a restaurant is owned by a black person or not
The black owned restaurants in Lexington, Kentucky, have been under siege since Donald Trump won the White House.
The businesses have been targeted by protests over their ownership by the Black Lives Matter movement.
The owners have said the attacks are an attempt to silence them and their businesses, as well as a way of making it harder for them to survive in the business.
In the wake of the protests, Lexington’s Black Lives Matters chapter called on the city to allow the restaurants to remain open as long as they complied with the law.
However, the city is currently investigating a complaint filed by the Kentucky Civil Rights Commission.
“They said they were under a lot of pressure, but it’s actually just a group of black business owners, they have a lot to lose if they don’t go through with it,” Lexington resident Nita Hill told Al Jazeera.
“I’ve seen a lot worse, I’ve seen more horrible things.
But if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today.
I don’t think they should be allowed to stay open.”
On Monday, the Lexington chapter of Black Lives Empowerment, a civil rights group, released a statement saying that its members “have been contacted by several businesses and individuals in Lexington and surrounding areas to advise them that they are not welcome in our establishments as long-term business owners”.
“They have been advised that their licenses are revoked and their restaurants will be subject to confiscation by the Lexington Police Department,” the group said.
In August, the owner of Black and Blue Barbecue in Lexington told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the restaurant was being targeted because of the Black Power movement.
“If they really want to put us out of business, they need to take out the trash, but that’s not going to happen,” James D. “Spanky” Smith told the paper.
“We’re here to serve people, and we are going to stay here and cook our food and we’re not going anywhere.”
A local law enforcement official told the newspaper that the department is currently looking into the complaints.
“A police officer is investigating whether the businesses are being targeted for the purposes of political speech or inciting a riot,” the official said.
“This is a serious issue.”
Lexington police have not confirmed any of the businesses’ ownership.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Hill.
“But I guess we’re just going to have to deal with it.”