Plexiglass Is Racist In Philadelphia

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Authored by Chris Menahan via,

According to Philadelphia 8th District Councilwoman Cindy Bass, shopkeepers protecting themselves with bulletproof plexiglass represents an "indignity" to her constituents and should therefore be banned.


For Jeff Liu, the thick plexiglass window that separates him from patrons at his Germantown beer deli, Kenny’s Seafood & Steak, is a matter of safety. For City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, the barrier window is an insult.


The plexiglass partition serves to protect workers from crime, but it also cuts them off from customers — a literal and metaphorical divider between their worlds.


Several years ago, after Liu argued with a man selling drugs in the Wayne Avenue deli’s lobby, the man returned with a rifle and shot Liu’s car, shattering its windows, Liu said.



Bass says the windows only foster a sense that the establishment – more specifically, its clientele – is dangerous. And that too many of those stores masquerade as eateries when their biggest sales draw is alcohol, feeding vices in the city’s struggling neighborhoods.


“It’s an indignity” to buy a meal through such a window, she said.


[...]Yale sociology professor Elijah Anderson, who has written extensively on Philadelphia’s urban environment said the plexiglass window sets up “a symbol of distrust” in neighborhoods where many African Americans live.


“Of course some people are bad, but most people who come to that window are good, and they’re not trusted either. That angers, alienates them,” said Anderson, who previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania. “They know they’re civil, honest people. They’re hit with this symbol of distrust and it works on your psyche in subtle ways. You know that you’re devalued as a customer.”


But Adam Xu, 54, chairman of the Asian American Licensed Beverage Association of Philadelphia, said the protective window should be a business owner’s choice. His association represents 217 beer delis in the city, about 70 percent of which are owned by people who are ethnic Chinese and another 20 percent of Korean descent.


“Most of our businesses,” he said, “are in not-as-safe neighborhoods.”

Sorry Mr. Xu, but as the saying goes, "when you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."

You may think preventing your shopkeepers from being murdered is of prime importance, but is that really more important than preventing microaggressions?

Take down your glass, unlock your doors, hand over your guns and prepare to get "social justice" handed to you good and hard.

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BabaLooey's picture

Bass rhymes with ASS


cheka's picture

plexiglass jackson?  he aint no raysis.  he just misunderstood

The_Juggernaut's picture

If it's so insulting, how does he keep his clientel?

swmnguy's picture

I know I won't spend any money where I have to deal through a bulletproof window like that.  Because the proprietor is telling me I'm in a place too dangerous to do any business.  And I'm a middle-aged, middle-class white guy.  I don't need to think about racism, to see an obvious warning about safety.

buzzsaw99's picture

you've never been to a bank drive through?  convenience store?

Doña K's picture

They now switched to white boards and that triggers priviledge

TruxtonSpangler's picture

I once was in a bank that had thick plexiglass over the counters. When I finished my transaction I wondered out loud to the teller if the counters were bulletproof and I assume her empty gaze meant she realized its just particle board.

zuuma's picture

Morpheus to Neo: "in the matrix, you can be anyone you want to be"

Neo to Morpheus: "Then why are you a nigger?"

tmosley's picture

A friend of mine had his apartment broken into the other day (in broad daylight! dumb niggers got away with about $20). We went to go buy a gun for him the next day. Three days later, someone was beating on his door after midnight and wouldn't stop. After 20 minutes, he called the cops, pulled out his new pistol, opened the door and put it to the dumb spic's head and asked her "Do you have a death wish? Because you're in the right place."

He said she kept looking off to the side like there was someone else there, around the corner, so he told her to fuck off and if he ever saw her again he'd kill her.

What happened was that word had gotten around that his place had been broken into and they had gotten away with it, so these idiots thought they would give it a shot too. I wish he'd have killed the bitch and whoever was with her.

These people need to be put back in their place. They have gotten out of control, and it is not acceptable.

gmrpeabody's picture

Better to move your friend out of there...


tmosley's picture

He's not the only one in the area. Used to be a really nice neighborhood, but the apartments over time degraded into slums. Too old and stuck in their ways to move, though after that last incident it sounded like he might have had enough.

Chupacabra-322's picture

One would think, that at bare minimum. A politician job is to protect the public.

At bare minimum, this Cunt should be taken out in handcuffs for endangering the Public.

playnstocks's picture

Someone should explain to her that it's training for her contituents that will eventally be getting their food through the steel door opening in their cell....

Okienomics's picture

I'll bet dollars to doughnuts they have plenty of plexiglass barriers at City Hall.

booboo's picture

Metal detectors and everything has to go through a X Ray Machine as well.

RAT005's picture  Your friend committed a felony gun violation.  Tell him to spend a few hours watching quality YouTube about self defense.  Or of course even better go to a handgun class even if he doesn't plan to cary.  A good YouTube is Active Self Protection, ASP.

The lady knocking on the door was not a threat (of course she was just checking to see if he was home.)  Brandishing a gun when you open the door to say hello is a felony.

STP's picture

He wasn't saying hello, he was saying GTFOH.

shovelhead's picture

What if you don't say hello?

StychoKiller's picture

So, WHY doesn't the potential burglar(s) report him?

peddling-fiction's picture

Courthouses do as well.

Police stations as well.

Western Union locations.

Metro ticket booths.

Some Jewelry and Pawn stores.

Oh boy.

NiggaPleeze's picture


Having lived in Philadelphia I know the plexiglass all too well.  It is quite off-putting as a customer.  But having lived in Philly I also know it is not exactly the City of Brotherly Love - experienced more crime there in one year than the rest of my life combined (neighbors, colleagues, street crimes, my car, etc.), and I've lived in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, New York, LA, St. Louis, and other large cities in US and internationally.

I think the professor should set an example by setting up a beer deli on South St. without a plexiglass window, video cameras, or a security guard. 

MozartIII's picture

She's a black racist!! What A surprise? S/

My how entitled the fuckers have become aftyer 40+ years of govrnment teet... 

Kobe Beef's picture

Slavery was bad.

It was wrong to transport homo Africanus to the Americas.

It is a moral imperative to right this wrong.

Therefore, we should ship them all back. QED.

HardAssets's picture

That moron can say anything stupid that she wants. But, if she thinks people are gonna hang around and risk their lives, she’s dumber than she looks. If they are actually clueless enough to pass such a regulation, they’ll find that their neighborhoods won’t have small local stores to serve them any longer.

Kobe Beef's picture

...cue the whining about "food deserts". 

However, subsaharan Africa produces fruits and vegetables year round.

Therefore, we must ship them all back.


joshnyce's picture

They should also be required to stop selling beer. Only health food. Maybe just require Whole Foods to operate all bodegas. As somoene who went to college in Philly and knows it all too well, I see no problem with any of those ideas.

Dontblamethegoat's picture

They know he has a gun  .... they will be back to steal it ...

Sudden Debt's picture

4 weeks ago I was working late and arround midnight when I went home, I had to stop for gas

I started filling up my car and suddenly 2 Bulgarian fucks surrounded me really close, like 5 inches from my face.

Then 1 on those fockers said: "We need 120 euro's to fill up our car"

Now, first, I was surprised like shit, and as they where so close, I didn't think it was the right move to react or beat them because they could have had knifes which is very common for those fuckers.

Now, I had money in the car, about 10K but I wasn't planning on giving that. Also my car was open with everything inside...

I felt in my pocket... 5 euro's and some change...

then they started pushing and asking for my credit card 

I got away from telling them I was broke and I didn't have any money (with a 145K car at the pump that was a hard sell :) )


Now I'm not a little guy so I guess that's why they didn't push it to far but man I was pissed...

now I carry a riot bat whenever I step out of the car when it's dark. Small, and a very good defence tool.

I didn't go to the cops because that's just a waste of time but next time, it's full rage from second one and start beating the shit out guys like that.

I never tought it could happen to me and they didn't actually steal much but it's the fact that I was totally unprepared.

From now on for the rest of my life, I'll be prepared when I have to stop in the dark.

What makes my pissed like hell is that morons like that managed to steal money from me.

But if I had a gun, I'd have shot them for sure.

We can't have guns so nobody has guns. Here they play with knifes and believe me, that's as scarry as any gun.

I've got a friend who was stabbed because they wanted to steal his lighter... a 1K lighter... they'll kill you for it...


My house? That's a fortress. Nobody gets in and if you do, you still have to pass my dogs and my neighbours are retired people that keep an eye out on everything and that's about the best alarm system in the world :)


In short... it's nearly impossible to be constantly prepared and alert.

What I'll also do is have  at least a 50 euro in my pants in case. And I'm not going to a hospital for 50 euro's. That's the max they'll ever steal from me again but if I can beat the living daylight out of them, they'll bleed like the pigs they are.

What pisses me off is that I felt like an easy target while I never tought I could be one.

peddling-fiction's picture

Maybe Bear Spray (mace) in an extra large container.

Is that legal over there, or maybe you can get a permit.

jaxville's picture

  A law enforcement office told me that if I used a gun on someone to make damn sure that I would be the only voice when it came time for court.

  Make sure your friend gets to the gun club and learns how to handle his new toy.

   After what just happened it might be an idea to move because now the thieves know there is a gun in the apartment. Total bummer no matter how you cut it.

Kobe Beef's picture

Or you could start a Right Wing Death Squad, ahem, neighborhood watch and go around murdering every spic on sight. You'd eventually get the right ones, and your neighborhood will be better off without the foreign despoilers anyway.

pippi68's picture

Better to get a dog as a deterrent. Criminals are afraid of dogs and they also happen to be great as companions.

BandGap's picture

Pistol? Get a shot gun. Hose 'em down.

smallblockchevy350's picture

Get your friend an unregistered cheapo throwaway piece so next time he can blow them away and put it in their hand :)

44magnum's picture

We have them in the KFC's in the hood. I took my son there when he was still in high school to show him reality and explained why.

I don't know if it was to protect the employees or the fried chicken, hmm maybe both.

True Blue's picture

Convenience stores where I live use the homemade beef jerky on the counter instead of a bullet resistant lexan barrier.

Not one single place feels the need.

Of course, certain demographics are somewhat absent from my little corner of life.

exi1ed0ne's picture

It's not about safety, but about kicking the Asians out of the neighborhood. 

What else could be keeping the native population from entrepreneurial activities but the unfair monopoly of these store owners? /sarc

Jon Bong Jovi's picture

Asians are getting out of the hood businesses, they've given their kids Ivy League educations and gotten them into all the investment banks now. They're selling to the A-rabs so they can repeat the immigrant cycle.

The black community has serious issues. Black people with capital DON'T invest in their own communities, because they know how fucked up they are. You ever hear Shaq, Lebron, or a guy like Bob Johnson saying he's going to invest in the hood? Fuck no.


effendi's picture

The plexiglass protects not only the staff but the decent and honest (99%) of people who come to the store. A would be thief is less likely to attempt to rob a well protected shop, if he isn't robbing it then the customers are not going to be bystanders and potential victims of that thief. He will rob that soft target shop up the street with no barriers and at the same time take their customers wallets etc at gunpoint.

shamus001's picture

Same thing goes for buying a house. If all the homes have bars over the windows, I can take it as a clear sign that it isnt a safe neighborhood to live in, therefor Ill buy somewhere else.

ModernMusket's picture

You won't because these places are foreign to you.You don't have to go into those neighborhoods.

I've been in these places in Philly. They risk so much to run a business there in a virtual crime riddled area. Heck, people even try to ambush them at opening or closing, or follow them hoping to hit them at home. Yet, they are the only things in those neighborhoods, as all the others have left. Due to work, I have to travel in and through some of these areas. Google "Badlands, Philadelphia"- an area for all of us to stay away from.

The cities are becoming pure jungles, slowly imploding due to democratic rule for decades.

krispkritter's picture

Exactly, make them remove the barriers, they'll close their stores and bars and move to neighborhoods where there are no Hoods.  It's not worth getting shot to death for selling cigs and beer.  Fucking racep-baiting assholes.  

Erek's picture

Won't work. The hoods will just follow them when there aren't any businesses left to rob.

SilverRhino's picture

Hoodites, hoodlings and hood rats all stop at the last public transport stop.   

There's a reason wealthy communities don't connect public transport into shithole neighboring towns.


Bud Dry's picture

I'm ok with this as long as when this guy gets robbed we get to drag this bitch behind a vehicle.

Utopia Planitia's picture

Nobody is stopping Cindy Bass from opening as many security-free convenience stores (that she has paid for) as she wants!  Nobody! Let her find out what the rewards of running a business that way are!

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Metal detectors at federal buildings, court houses, and sporting arenas is racyss tooo.

MonsterBox's picture

Locking your doors at night is raycyst, too.

Implied Violins's picture

So are Thunderbird, MD 20/20, and purple drank containers.