Jeffery Muhammad On Ending The Shamrock Protests: "Whatever the coalition decides ..."

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Yesterday, Korean community leaders involved in quelling the Shamrock Kwik Stop protests sent Unfair Park a video of Nation of Islam Student Minister Jeffery Muhammad speaking to reporters on the picket line. The footage was taken in late January,

before a group of black and Korean leaders met last Thursday

to set aside their differences, call for a stop the protests, and partner to improve relations between the two races in South Dallas.

The day the proclamation was signed between the two parties, Muhammad was in front of the Kwik Stop, picketing with about a dozen members of the community, most of them from the Nation of Islam.

"The people who spoke today don't speak for us. We will continue." Muhammad said the protest was far from over. "We will be here until the people say justice has been done."

The video suggests that Muhammad's current hard stance actually goes against what he said before black and Korean leaders called a truce.

"We are members of a coalition, a large coalition of people, and no one of us is making a decision in terms of what is going on." When asked later if the Nation of Islam would follow the coalition's lead regarding the protests, Muhammad said, "Whatever the coalition decides is what we will do."

In the email, Korean Society in Dallas Vice President Ted Kim writes the video is damning to Muhammad and the protests, because it proves that the minister reneged on his word. Says Kim in the email:

There are two important points made by Student Minister Jeffrey Muhammad:

First, he subordinates himself to the larger coalition.

Second, in response to a question by a reporter, he states that if the coalition ends their protests, he would follow their lead.

Have a look-see, and tell us what you think.

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