The racist subtext of Philly’s ban on convenience store protective glass barriers

Shopkeepers in Philadelphia’s neighborhood convenience stores that serve food and beverages, locally referred to as “beer delis,” face a legal prohibition on the thick glass barriers around cashiers that protect them from stickup artists wielding guns, knives, and other weapons. Because the shopkeepers predominately are Asian, and the customers (and robbers) are mostly black, this imbroglio looks a lot like a racist quest for vengeance against a commercially successful minority group.

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