KITH, Bodega, Social Status and More Close To Protest Racial Injustice

After the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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After the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, KITH, Social Status, Bodega, Sneakersnstuff and several other retailers have announced temporary closures in protest of continued racial injustice. Following game postponements by the NBA, WNBA, MLB, MLS and NHL, the store closures mark a new step in a long line of powerful, influential entities demanding systemic change in the United States.

Apart from the temporary closures, which range from a day to the full weekend, many of the retailers have also announced other initiatives as well. On August 28, KITH is turning all four of its US flagship stores — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Miami and Los Angeles — into voter registration hubs. “Voting is the most powerful act we can do collectively to implement change and overturn the injustices experienced too often in this country,” said the Ronnie Fieg-helmed outfit in a statement.

Whittaker Group head James Whitner announced that each store under his umbrella — Social Status, A Ma Maniére, A.P.B. and Prosper — would be closed until August 31 “If you are a leader in your community please come stand with us as we close our doors from now until 8/31 in solidarity and focus on solutions TOGETHER” Whitner said in a personal Instagram post.

Bodega and UNKNWN both announced weekend closures while encouraging customers to vote and educate themselves on issues of racial justice via Instagram posts. Rounding off the announced closures were Kentucky’s Oneness, Philadelphia’s Creme and Detroit’s Burn Rubber.

See each post below, and for more information on registering to vote check out the USA.Gov voter registration page.

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Use your voice. Use your platform. Say their names: David McAtee⁠⠀ George Perry Floyd⁠⠀ Dreasjon “Sean” Reed⁠⠀ Michael Brent Charles Ramos⁠⠀ Breonna Taylor⁠⠀ Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis⁠⠀ Atatiana Koquice Jefferson,⁠⠀ Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.⁠⠀ Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr.⁠⠀ Chinedu Okobi⁠⠀ Botham Shem Jean⁠⠀ Antwon Rose Jr.⁠⠀ Saheed Vassell⁠⠀ Stephon Alonzo Clark⁠⠀ Aaron Bailey⁠⠀ Charleena Chavon Lyles⁠⠀ Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles⁠⠀ Jordan Edwards⁠⠀ Chad Robertson ⁠⠀ Deborah Danner⁠⠀ Alfred Olango⁠⠀ Terence Crutcher⁠⠀ Terrence LeDell Sterling⁠⠀ Korryn Gaines⁠⠀ Joseph Curtis Mann⁠⠀ Philando Castile⁠⠀ Alton Sterling⁠⠀ Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones⁠⠀ Quintonio LeGrier⁠⠀ Corey Lamar Jones⁠⠀ Jamar O’Neal Clark⁠⠀ Jeremy “Bam Bam” McDole⁠⠀ India Kager⁠⠀ Samuel Vincent DuBose,⁠⠀ Sandra Bland⁠⠀ Brendon K. Glenn⁠⠀ Freddie Carlos Gray Jr⁠⠀ Walter Lamar Scott⁠⠀ Eric Courtney Harris⁠⠀ Phillip Gregory White⁠⠀ Mya Shawatza Hall⁠⠀ Meagan Hockaday⁠⠀ Tony Terrell Robinson⁠⠀ Janisha Fonville⁠⠀ Natasha McKenna⁠⠀ Jerame C. Reid⁠⠀ Rumain Brisbon⁠⠀ Tamir Rice⁠⠀ Akai Kareem Gurley⁠⠀ Tanisha N. Anderson⁠⠀ Dante Parker⁠⠀ Ezell Ford⁠⠀ Michael Brown Jr.⁠⠀ John Crawford III⁠⠀ Eric Garner⁠⠀ Jacob Blake⁠⠀ …and so many others. We stand together with our community. ⁠⠀ @unknwn @oneness @creme321 @bodega @kith @maniere_usa @thesocialstatus @apbstore @let.us.prosper @rsvpgallery @burnrubberdetroit @corporategotem

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#blacklivesmatter

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We’re Closed. Until 8/31 because of… David McAtee George Perry Floyd Dreasjon “Sean” Reed Michael Brent Charles Ramos Breonna Taylor Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr. Chinedu Okobi Botham Shem Jean Antwon Rose Jr. Saheed Vassell Stephon Alonzo Clark Aaron Bailey Charleena Chavon Lyles Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles Jordan Edwards Chad Robertson Deborah Danner Alfred Olango Terence Crutcher Terrence LeDell Sterling Korryn Gaines Joseph Curtis Mann Philando Castile Alton Sterling Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones Quintonio LeGrier Corey Lamar Jones Jamar O’Neal Clark Jeremy “Bam Bam” McDole India Kager Samuel Vincent DuBose, Sandra Bland Brendon K. Glenn Freddie Carlos Gray Jr Walter Lamar Scott Eric Courtney Harris Phillip Gregory White Mya Shawatza Hall Meagan Hockaday Tony Terrell Robinson Janisha Fonville Natasha McKenna Jerame C. Reid Rumain Brisbon Tamir Rice Akai Kareem Gurley Tanisha N. Anderson Dante Parker Ezell Ford Michael Brown Jr. John Crawford III Eric Garner Jacob Blake …and so many others. Be the change. Link in bio to register to vote. #BlackLivesMatter

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We’re Closed. Until 8/31 because of… David McAtee George Perry Floyd Dreasjon “Sean” Reed Michael Brent Charles Ramos Breonna Taylor Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr. Chinedu Okobi Botham Shem Jean Antwon Rose Jr. Saheed Vassell Stephon Alonzo Clark Aaron Bailey Charleena Chavon Lyles Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles Jordan Edwards Chad Robertson Deborah Danner Alfred Olango Terence Crutcher Terrence LeDell Sterling Korryn Gaines Joseph Curtis Mann Philando Castile Alton Sterling Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones Quintonio LeGrier Corey Lamar Jones Jamar O’Neal Clark Jeremy “Bam Bam” McDole India Kager Samuel Vincent DuBose, Sandra Bland Brendon K. Glenn Freddie Carlos Gray Jr Walter Lamar Scott Eric Courtney Harris Phillip Gregory White Mya Shawatza Hall Meagan Hockaday Tony Terrell Robinson Janisha Fonville Natasha McKenna Jerame C. Reid Rumain Brisbon Tamir Rice Akai Kareem Gurley Tanisha N. Anderson Dante Parker Ezell Ford Michael Brown Jr. John Crawford III Eric Garner Jacob Blake …AND SO MANY OTHERS! Be the Change! Link in bio to register to vote. #BlackLivesMatter #OneInNumber

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We’re Closed.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Until 8/31 because of…⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ David McAtee⁠⠀ George Perry Floyd⁠⠀ Dreasjon “Sean” Reed⁠⠀ Michael Brent Charles Ramos⁠⠀ Breonna Taylor⁠⠀ Manuel “Mannie” Elijah Ellis⁠⠀ Atatiana Koquice Jefferson,⁠⠀ Emantic “EJ” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.⁠⠀ Charles “Chop” Roundtree Jr.⁠⠀ Chinedu Okobi⁠⠀ Botham Shem Jean⁠⠀ Antwon Rose Jr.⁠⠀ Saheed Vassell⁠⠀ Stephon Alonzo Clark⁠⠀ Aaron Bailey⁠⠀ Charleena Chavon Lyles⁠⠀ Fetus of Charleena Chavon Lyles⁠⠀ Jordan Edwards⁠⠀ Chad Robertson ⁠⠀ Deborah Danner⁠⠀ Alfred Olango⁠⠀ Terence Crutcher⁠⠀ Terrence LeDell Sterling⁠⠀ Korryn Gaines⁠⠀ Joseph Curtis Mann⁠⠀ Philando Castile⁠⠀ Alton Sterling⁠⠀ Bettie “Betty Boo” Jones⁠⠀ Quintonio LeGrier⁠⠀ Corey Lamar Jones⁠⠀ Jamar O’Neal Clark⁠⠀ Jeremy “Bam Bam” McDole⁠⠀ India Kager⁠⠀ Samuel Vincent DuBose,⁠⠀ Sandra Bland⁠⠀ Brendon K. Glenn⁠⠀ Freddie Carlos Gray Jr⁠⠀ Walter Lamar Scott⁠⠀ Eric Courtney Harris⁠⠀ Phillip Gregory White⁠⠀ Mya Shawatza Hall⁠⠀ Meagan Hockaday⁠⠀ Tony Terrell Robinson⁠⠀ Janisha Fonville⁠⠀ Natasha McKenna⁠⠀ Jerame C. Reid⁠⠀ Rumain Brisbon⁠⠀ Tamir Rice⁠⠀ Akai Kareem Gurley⁠⠀ Tanisha N. Anderson⁠⠀ Dante Parker⁠⠀ Ezell Ford⁠⠀ Michael Brown Jr.⁠⠀ John Crawford III⁠⠀ Eric Garner⁠⠀ Jacob Blake⁠⠀ …AND SO MANY OTHERS!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Be the Change!⁠⠀ Link in bio to register to vote.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #BlackLivesMatter

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