A white Texas man claims that allowing a black man, or in his words a “negroidal,” to bag his groceries is a violation of his religious and civil rights.
According to News Journal, Dewitt R. Thomas filed a handwritten nine-page federal lawsuit against Keith Langston, owner of Two Rivers Grocery and Market after being banned from the grocery store.
He stated in the lawsuit that he told an African-American grocery bagger, “Wait a minute, don’t touch my groceries. I can’t have someone negroidal touch my food. It’s against my creed.” The cashier yelled at him and asked him to take his groceries and leave.
Thomas claims that he follows a religion called Vedism which encompasses Hinduism.
“Vedism translates into knowledge. I am not this way because I am ignorant. Ignorance is the enemy … White people are to be protected under the civil rights law just as anyone else,” Thomas said. “It would be the same as if you asked that a congoid (a person from west/central Africa) not touch your food.”
Langston decided that he would serve Thomas with a civil trespass warning the next time he was on the premises. When Thomas returned the two day later, he saw the same young black man bagging groceries and again requested that a “negro” not handle his goods.
“My question is, why after I told them how I felt and that it was against my creed did this negroid try to impress himself upon me and try to handle my groceries again,” Thomas said.
Langston immediately called the police, an employee locked the doors and Thomas was served.
“He was banned because he was using racial slurs, but he has turned it into a religious thing,” Langston said.
The Vedic religion dates back before Hinduism, however it does not include a caste system. The Nazi swastika is said to have been adapted from a familiar symbol in the religion. The Vedists, and later Hindus, used it to mean luck, fortune and well being, but the Nazis revived it to represent white supremacy.