Aug 01, 2020
Democratic challenger calls out Indiana Rep. Greg Pence for racist goods sold at antiques mall
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Racist memorabilia on sale at Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, Ind. The mall is co-owned by Congressman Greg Pence. (via Twitter)
Congressman Greg Pence (R-In.) is getting public backlash for racist items being sold in a mall that he co-owns in Indiana.
Vendors at Exit 76 Antique Mall, an antiques Pence owns with his wife, are selling objects depicting Black Americans in stereotypical fashions, according to the Associated Press.Merchants can rent booths at the sprawling shopping center in Edinburgh, Ind., about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.
Over 4 million items are available for sale among the vendors, including other memorabilia like old baseball cards, Civil War relics and porcelain dinner sets.
Some vendors have been selling items of Black caricatures, such as biscuit jars depicting “Mammy” slave caricatures and coin jars with a Black man in a straw hat eating watermelon.
Complaints have been lodged against the mall’s choice to allow for the sale of Jim Crow-era memorabilia as far as 2008, two years after Pence purchased the mall, and the mall is now under the spotlight thanks to Jeannine Lee Lake, the representative’s Black Democratic challenger.
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Lake posted about the mall on social media after one of Pence’s constituents, Lauren Smythe, sent her pictures of Exit 76 Antique Mall vendors selling “awful objects degrading and dehumanizing Black people,” the AP reports.
“I’m officially calling out Greg and his wife, Denise, who co-owns the malls,” wrote Lake, who shared pictures of racist, homophobic and bigoted products on sale in a tweet.
Congressman @RepGregPence owns two antique malls in Bloomington and Edinburgh. He’s allowed the sale of these types of racists, homophobic and bigoted products which promote stereotypes and hate. I’m officially calling out Greg and his wife, Denise, who co-owns the malls. pic.twitter.com/HG6fk2fEqr— Jeannine Lake (@JeannineLeeLake) July 16, 2020
“It made me want to cry,” Lake stated when she went to the mall in June to personally witness “rows and rows” of items being sold, “mocking Black skin, displaying protruding lips and having bugged out eyes.”
Smythe first complained to mall management about the racist items back in 2018. Although Confederate flags in the mall were removed, the racist caricatures continue to be sold.
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AP said it discovered at least 36 racist goods for sale at the antiques mall in July. Pence’s spokesperson told The Star Press that the congressman is not intricately involved with the mall’s management.
“As you may know, Congressman Pence is not engaged in the active management of the Exit 76 Antique Mall,” Milly Lothian, the spokesperson, said.
The Star Press reports, however, that his wife, Denise, runs the mall. Lake, who took almost 33% of the vote in the 2018 race for the same seat in the red state, accused the center of “profiting from hate.”
Pence supporters came to the lawmaker’s defense on social media, saying that “It’s history;” “these items are found in all antique malls not just the Mall you’re attacking for political reasons;” and “they are antique collectibles sold in a free democratic country where we have freedom of choice,” the paper reports.
In light of increasing racial tension in the country being amplified by protests over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Lake feels that bringing attention to Pence’s mall and the racist items on sale there is “a necessary action for an African-American woman running for Congress.”
Pence defeated Lake in the 2018 election to represent Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, which was held by his younger brother, current Vice President Mike Pence, for 12 years.
Lake will be on the ballot against Greg Pence in the November general elections.
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Racist Karen ‘threatens to pull a GUN on black man watching his kids at the park and calls him the N-word’
A RACIST Karen "threatened to pull a gun on a black man who was watching his kids at the park and called him the N-word."
The Karen told the man she would "blow his f***ing head off" with a 9mm rifle.2'Karen' shouted at the black manCredit: Jam Press
Karen is a pejorative term for an entitled white woman.
In a video taken by the victim, the unidentified woman is seen standing outside the man’s car questioning his whereabouts.
The man asked: "Why you in front of my car? Why would you ask me why I’m here? It’s a public f***ing park! Back up from my car… You might have the corona, get back."
The woman threatening replied: "I don't have the corona but I got a 9mm to blow your f***ing head off," before insisting that she was joking.
The victim then repeatedly questioned: "Now we joking? Can you please walk away from my car? You don't need to know why I'm right here."2The woman leaned into the man's carCredit: Jam Press
She quipped "Yea I do because I pay rent right here," to which he replied "I don’t give a f***. As long as you pay rent right here, I will stand right here."
The man then panned the camera to his children in the distance, who appeared confused at the situation.
The woman then admitted she called the man the N-word but insisted her use of the word had nothing to do with his race.
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Karen went on to believe that she did not do anything wrong before insisting that she was concerned for the welfare of his children.
However she continued to argue with the man, telling him: "You're sitting in a fing car just like any other God d**n black man that don't take care of their fing children."
She then called him a "worthless piece of s**t" before walking away from the scene.