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“Your latest reminder that people suck.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm 38 Comments

441 New Jersey Ave, NW

Nicole reports:

“Your latest reminder that people suck. Graffiti at Kogod Liquors.”

Kogod Liquors and Deli Facebook says:

“A D.C. institution since 1946. Best variety of wine, whiskey and liquors in the District. Fantastic sandwiches, fries and rice bowls.”

In the spirit of #standingwithcomet – let us also #standwithkogod and buy lots of liquors!! Seriously, this is outrageous and we in the District know that love trumps hate. Let us smash hate with record liquor sales for Kogod.

Update from Kogod owners:

“Hello, this is Kogod Liquors & Deli. We have been in operation at our location at 441 New Jersey Avenue NW since 1946, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol. The current owners of Kogod have been operating the store for 20 years, since 1997.

This morning, we came to work to find a racist graffiti on our wall, reported below. While we are proud to be Korean Americans, we have made Washington D.C. our home for decades, and we do not plan on going anywhere else. It is sad to find out that there are people who thought otherwise.

Having said that, it is not our wish to turn this into any kind of political statement, other than to say that the graffiti was racist and racism is unacceptable. As soon as we took a picture of the graffiti to leave a record and reported to the police for vandalism, we erased the graffiti and got back to work—because we would prefer to focus on serving food and drinks.

We ask that you also respect our wishes to get back to work and put this unpleasant episode behind us. This will be only statement regarding this issue, and we respectfully ask for no further media coverage or interview requests. Thank you.”

  • Petworth dude

    I think a certain Alexandria resident was ticked off that his non-profit lost its tax-exempt status, so he decided to cross the river and take his rage out on the liquor store.

  • FridayGirl

    Give me a break.

  • jaechs

    This whole sticks and stones thing comes to mind…but seriously, I’m Korean and that’s all you got?

    You’re going to have to do better than that to get rid of us…

  • Truxton Thomas

    Check Rep. Steve King’s hands for red paint.

  • DC dude

    It’s likely some local teenagers doing what teenagers do.

    • Elvis’s Mom

      I’m sorry, but that doesn’t make it OK, or acceptable, or harmless. Imagine if someone spray painted “Go back to ” on your place of business, in this political climate? That’s terrifying, heartless and racist. And it’s not something we should ignore just because it’s uncomfortable or doesn’t personally affect us. If teenagers did it, then teenagers (and their rotten parents) can show their butts up to clean it up, AND pay a fine, AND perform hundreds of hours of community service benefiting the Korean community. You know who becomes crappy adults? Crappy teenagers whose bad behavior gets dismissed.

      • Euclid

        Acceptable? All DC dude said was he thought it was teenagers.

        • alurin

          DC dude literally said “teenagers doing what teenagers do”, i.e. a non-gendered version of “boys will be boys”, harmless fun.
          Not harmless, not fun. Teenagers or adults, bigots are still bigots.

          • Anonymous

            If you are reading it literally then DC dude didn’t say it was harmless and didn’t say it was fun.

          • Elvis’s Mom

            I read it that way, as well, though I certainly can’t read DC Dude’s mind. Nor is it Dude’s fault that somebody did this. I was responding to the concept that teenagers are just jackasses and thus, their crappy behavior is somehow to be expected. Teenagers are jackasses – and I don’t stress when they’re loud, or obnoxious, or smart-mouthed. This situation, to me, goes well beyond that kind of “typical” behavior and is not something that should be taken lightly.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, but I haven’t been there yet. I hope to go some day, and then I can go back.
    Where are you interested in visiting / going back to, dear spray painter? Hell, perhaps?

  • That One Guy

    Maybe it’s my own biases so others will think this strange to say but at least there weren’t any derogatory terms/foul terms used in expressing the sentiment. It’s almost pleasant in terms of hate speech.

    • Sad DC Res

      There was also some spray paint saying “Dirty Koreans” – very sad to see. We took pictures to send in but someone beat us to it!

    • Jayvick

      I guess you’re not Korean then.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        You would be wrong, then.

    • tom

      I assume this is gallows humor. But, that doesn’t come through on internet comment sections. Given the broader social climate this isn’t really a laughing matter.

      We have no clue who did this. Some alt-right racist, immature teens, a mentally ill person with no coherent agenda, left wing “false flaggers” looking to raise awareness. Any are plausible.

      But we all need to come together and demand a stop to this BS! We need to find these people and hold them accountable.

      • That One Guy

        Yes, what I said is a little tongue in cheek, but that’s because as an immigrant, as a Korean American, this type of rhetoric is plebeian. Maybe mine is the atypical experience,I feel like I’ve seen/heard/witnessed worse over the years so this, this doesn’t rise to the level of outrage others may see fit. It’s not the first nor the last time someone with a sense of entitlement will peg an immigrant as other and someone less fitting a place in America. Change will come, eventually, we all know.

        • tom

          Yeah..people can be pretty horrible to each other and we have probably all experienced worst. But still this is pretty crappy.

        • spookiness

          “Go back to Annandale” could have been funny on multiple levels.

        • anon

          I see what you’re saying. As a fellow Korean American, I’m used to random people shouting “Go back to [wherever they think I’m from]” at me. But it is still offensive and racist and we should be outraged. It should never be accepted as “plebeian” just because we’re numb to it and have experienced worse treatment.

    • anon

      Yes, it is your own biases and it is indeed strange and wrong. As someone who was born in the U.S. but heard this growing up my whole life, it is not “almost pleasant.” The sentiment that one doesn’t belong here because they look different, the idea that you have to fit a certain model to “be American” is just plain foul. It certainly made me feel pretty shite when I was a kid (having never even been to my “where I came from” country) and it definitely makes anyone else feel unwelcome.

      • That One Guy

        I’ve come to cherished the lens that I have as a person straddling the American experience/identity as an immigrant. I too was born here, faced the same questions, and at some point became bored with them or developed a thicker skin because I realized that I do have an underlying culture outside the stereotypical/prototypical one. It took time, some bumps along the way, but I feel like my looking and having a different cultural identity is a benefit because I have this secret pass to a different world. One that allows me to view the US both from an outside perspective as well as understand the inner one. Don’t you?

  • Victoria

    Oh HELL no. Liquor it is.

  • Kogod Liquors and Deli

    Hi – this is Kogod Liquors and Deli. Please find our statement related to this incident at the link: https://www.facebook.com/kogodliquors/posts/441054356286240

  • anon

    I don’t suppose there was a Hyundai parked there blocking the alley?

    • John


  • Anon X

    I would bet a lot of money that this has nothing to do with the alt-right. There has been a long standing tension between Korean shop owners and urban black youth that often are customers. It has been explained to me by black people and Korean shop owners. It could be the alt right rearing its ugly head – but I wouldn’t go with that first. White people dont exclusively own race based bullying/vandalism/intimidation.

    • Jason Berry

      + 1 …but whoever did it sucks!

    • tom

      Yeah..no race has a monopoly on racism/bigotry. But we really have no more evidence this was black youth than we do white alt-righters.

    • Admiral Yi

      I would bet a lot of money that not only it wasn’t alt right but the perpetrator(s) are not white either.

      • Alex

        I think the point is that it is less important who the vandals are then the fact that the political climate has changed so much that people are feeling emboldened to express these sentiments.

        These bigots ( this case and Casa Ruby) now feel they have a right to express their disgusting opinions and believe there are others who support their close minded hatred.

        • rowanmae


        • tom

          Without knowing who did this I don’t know that I would argue they were embolden by the current political climate. Bigotry has been around since the earliest hunter gathers.

          But what has changed in a very scary way is that we now have a President who sees bigotry as a tool to be played for political gain, not a problem to be managed/ameliorated.

          So well yes, we cant say this had anything to do with a Trump effect. But, when we have a president who said Pres Obama was an illiegal Muslim immigrant, Mex Immigrats are criminals, wouldn’t denounce the KKK, keeps ties with Rep King, etc, etc, we also cant rule out that possibility in they way we could with Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, GWB, Paul Ryan, John Mccain.

          • Alex

            I agree that bigotry has been around since the dawn of man.

            However I think incidents like this in DC have been extremely rare for the last 8 years. I think just reading this website and seeing the rise in incidents of Homophobia, transgender and racial bias it is clear people are feeling more and more that their bigotry can be voiced and that they are not alone in their small mindedness. While this may not be the case with graffiti in the case of Casa Ruby I am pretty positive the recent ruling on Trans bathrooms led directly to that

        • LB

          Is there anything more than anecdotal proof that “racists” are feeling more emboldened with Trump as president and there’s been an uptick in such incidents? As another commentator pointed out, there have been tensions between the Korean community and local urban youth. We don’t know who did this, what “provoked it,” and why now. Kogod is a fantastic store, and the best way to respond is to patronize their business.

  • DC_tenner

    Someone needs a history lesson:
    Korea is a historical state in East Asia, since 1945 divided into two distinct sovereign states: North Korea (officially the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”) and South Korea (officially the “Republic of Korea”).

    • Belinskaya

      And racists shouldn’t shoot Sikhs thinking they’re Muslims.

      Or, you know, maybe the lack of geographical knowledge isn’t really the major issue here. “Go back to South Korea” isn’t any better just for being marginally more accurate to the current political landscape on the peninsula.

  • TO

    I work nearby, and I was shocked when I saw this on my way to work the other day. This is two blocksfrom the Capitol. I am HEARTENED, however, that I saw a policeman paint the wall over on the following day. The color of the paint was of a different shade compared to the original, so the wall now bears a prominent beige rectangle over the offensive text.


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