Rapper T.I. Leads Protest Against Houston’s Restaurant
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 10/7/2017, 11:19 a.m.
A few of the Houston’s Restaurants in Atlanta have been accused of discrimination, reports XXL magazine. Some angry ATLiens decided to do something about it and boycott the eating establishments. And rapper/TV personality T.I. was front and center. He announced the protest on his Instagram page. “Ok so I’ve heard 4 different stories from four different sources about discrimination against US at two separate Houstons Steakhouse locations in my city. Tomorrow we get answers. #HoustonsWeHaveAProblem,” he wrote. On Saturday (Oct. 7), a group of protesters, including T.I., descended on the Houston’s location on Lenox Road. Armed with signs and yelling, “Whose City! Our City!” they made their presence known. “We have closed the Houston’s down for the moment, indefinitely,” T.I. declared in an Instagram video recorded at the protest. “When they figure out how to treat us, they can open back up.” Houston’s has responded to the backlash on social media. “We have employed a diverse and hard-working staff serving Atlanta’s similar diverse clientele for many years,” the statement reads. “Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media. Our policies and guidelines apply equally to everyone.”