On my way back from Melba’s Restaurant (the chicken and Egg Nog Waffles are SUPERB), I was walking down 125th street, and as I came past American Apparel, I saw these Red, Black and Green flags waving and a large group of protesters shouting in front of the store. I have learned during my times at NY to just keep walking and never take any of the flyers that people are handing out on the street. But of course, since this had something to do with a store that I enjoy going into, I couldn’t help but to read one of the flyers that fell onto the ground..
The protest was against American Apparel because on the day Honoring Malcom X, all stores on 125th street were closed, except for American Apparel. This, in the eyes of the Demonstrators, was unacceptable and warranted this protest. I am all about freedom of expression and protesting for what you believe in, but this wasn’t a battle that I would choose to fight. It should be the choice of the company whether or not they want to close for a non-federal observation of a man (a very intelligent man who was the voice of a generation no matter how much you agreed/disagreed with him). If a protest was needed, I think they should have focused their energy on petitions and contacting their community leaders about making Malcom X Day a Federal Holiday. Not sure if that ever will happen, due to his relationship with the government during his time.
Speaking of.. does it seem bad that I really wanted to go back into the store and buy the hoodie that I wanted? Since I am all about a movement, I just walked past so that I wouldn’t get egged for selling out… what sense in damaging my fine wardrobe just for a hoodie that I can’t wear until September…
What do you think? No, not about me not going to buy my hoodie.. But do you think the protesters are justified for what they believe? Should American Apparel have followed the established protocol of all the other businesses on the same street?