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Vince's Crab House protestors: We're here for the long haul

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 17:20:24-04

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. — Tonight we're hearing from the people who have been protesting Vince's Crab House in Middle River.

This started after the owner posted racist comments on social media. Every day for several weeks protestors have been outside of the restaurant.

Earlier this week, the owners say it didn't stop at protests.

"The past month has been hell to be quite honest from them following us home, riding past our homes, calling my cellphones in the middle of the night. We have two young children we have to keep in the house who have to keep hemmed up in the house because were afraid somebody will come by and say or do whatever they want."

Now, they're suing the Baltimore County Executive, and say they're going to sue protesters, as well as push for criminal charges for trespassing.

At today's conference Kellie Vaughan, the protest's organizer said the people with her have been peaceful and have not threatened anyone.

She says they've moved further and further away from the restaurant when told to do so.

However she added they're not going away any time soon.

"It is time to confront racism in our community and allow the non-support of racist business owners to send a clear message that you can't love my money, and not my skin color," she said. "When we make this statement that this is a marathon, not a race, we are not bullying. We are sending a clear message that we are in this for the long haul, and until we see a for lease sign on the door of the building, our mission is to keep pressing on."

The Crab House did shut their doors for nine days in June as an act of support.

However, Vaughan said since then, they've tried to run a black-owned crab business nearby out of the area. She says that shows they haven't changed, and that's why the protest is continuing.