Video of racist store owner causes Atlanta Black community economic backlash


The racist rant of of Amin Chaudry, the owner of Ben Hill Custom Cleaners on 2373 Fairburn Rd. in Atlanta, has caused outrage. Located in the predominantly Black Ben Hill neighborhood, the dry cleaning business is now under fire. Andy Foster was picking up his clothing and videotaped Chaundry’s racist tirade. The incident was witnessed by Foster’s 10-year-old son, who is heard on the tape saying, “I’ve heard stuff like this before.”

The video has gone viral and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rashad Richey called for a boycott of the business. Richey announced the names of other Black dry cleaners in the area in a local economic push to support Black business. Chaundry has refused to answer his phone and declined media interviews.

Reportedly, other customers have similar complaints about Ben Hill Custom Cleaners, located in the storied southwest Atlanta community (SWATs), and its staff’s racist treatment of customers. People have also gone to the store’s Yelp! page and left comments. In response, the pages has been locked down by Yelp!:
Black Community shuts down racist store owners Yelp business page (ImageSource:Yelp!)

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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