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White Landlord Sparks Backlash For Evicting Black Business Owners After Seeing Them Supporting George Floyd Protests

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A white landlord in Iowa is facing backlash after being caught on video evicting black business owners after he saw their employees supporting Black Lives Matter on the news.

“We got kicked out from our business office space by our landlord cuz he saw us on the news peacefully protesting,” Stylent CEO Jeremiah Johnson revealed on Twitter. “Violating our 1st amendment rights and the lease. Please share this video! When other people protest for haircuts, it’s great! But when I protest peaceful it’s bad!!”

The widely shared video shows the landlord explaining his decision to evict the business, arguing that employees of the business were wrong to be protesting in an area where looting was also occurring.

“I was protesting the right way,” Johnson says in the video.

“I will tell you flat out,” the landlord opines, “if there’s something illegal going on at a place that I’m at, I don’t want to be a part of it. I’m personally going to leave.”

He added: “All I’m saying is I think it’s poor judgement to be at a place where something illegally is going on,” the landlord continues. “Whether you are a part of it or not.”

“We didn’t think that was going to happen,” the business owner says. “We were there for a peaceful protest.”

Twitter users were quick to condemn the landlord’s actions:

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