Middle Eastern gas station owner kills Black man over $1 bag of candy

via St. Louis Metro Police

A bag of candy that was being sold for $1 led to the murder of a Black man in St. Louis. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Taleb Rebhi Ali Jawher was recently charged in the death of Christopher Simmons.

Simmons reportedly went to the Phillip 66 gas station to buy a bag of candy. At some point, Jawher, a gas station clerk, began harassing Simmons. The two got into an argument and Simmons placed the bag of candy on the shelf and left the store. Jawher continued to argue with Simmons and followed him outside. At some point, Jawher pulled out a gun and shot Simmons in the back of the head. Simmons died at the entrance of the store.

The incident sheds light on the difficult relationships that often occur between Middle Eastern store owners and workers who have stores within predominantly Black communities. There is often sentiments of anti-Blackness in some Middle Eastern cultures and it often leads to strife when Middle Easterners open stores in the Black community. For instance, the National Action Network organized protests this past summer at stores owned and operated by Middle Easterners after several reports of abuse in Charleston, South Carolina. They protested after a 12-year-old was assaulted by a Middle Eastern employee; a man was struck with a sword by employees at another store in the area; and a young Black boy was kicked while attempting to buy a snack for his mother at another store.

Middle Eastern store owners have also been accused of using the Black community to gain wealth by failing to hire Black workers and disrespecting Black patrons.

The culture clashes that occur can only be resolved through more communication. But it’s also important for Black business owners to open stores and gas stations within Black communities.

Jawher has been indicted on first degree murder charges and his bail has been set at $1 million.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

5 Comments
  1. not like we didnt know this .. mexicans and middle easterners are more racist then whites and they know nothing but what they were told about blacks by you tube . if trump ship them all back to saudi , then blacks can get those stores open in thier neigborhoods ,some of them are extremely nice to the patriots and others are mean and angry and prefer to serve whites , yet move to a black area , , where it is ok to put those hidious signs in the store window . and arabics never hire blackd every

  2. This has been happening for quite sometime, the disrespect. I agree that Mexicans and Middle easterners are more than racist when they are profiting off blacks in their own neighborhood, experienced it more often than not. Just recently, my great grand child was called the “N” word at school which has about 98% Mexican illegals. She’s eight and they don’t realize she’s already learned
    Spanish from them and speaks it fluently, SMART. Had them invade my space many times with no apologies. I guess they’re mad because they’re not white. They need to be aware that this goes both ways. Disrespect breeds disrespect. Soon and rightfully so the shoe will be on the other foot. You will not profit from us and disrespect us at the same time.

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  3. In all fairness, this was probably way more than an argument over a bag of candy.
    I have personally witnessed some people behaving very badly at a checkout when a card is declined. I saw a woman at Walmart try to leave without paying because the card reader did not read her card the first time. She became hostile and said it wasn’t her fault the card reader was broken. She threatened the cashier with physical violence and made threats against her family.

    All that said, regardless of how Simmons may have acted toward Jawher, shooting him after he left the store was psychotic.

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