Texas man Dewitt R. Thomas claims that allowing a Black man to bag his groceries is a violation of his religious and civil rights. The handwritten nine-page federal lawsuit was filed against Keith Langston, owner of Two Rivers Grocery and Market, and stated that he told an African American grocery bagger, "Wait a minute, don't touch my groceries. I can't have someone negroidal touch my food. It's against my creed." The term "negroidal" was quickly deemed offensive, as the cashier yelled at him and asked him to take his groceries and leave.
Thomas claims that he follows a religion called Vedism which encompasses Hinudism. "Vedism translates into knowledge. I am not this way because I am ignorant. Ignorance is the enemy… White people are to be protected under the civil rights law just as anyone else," Thomas said. "It would be the same as if you asked that a congoid (a person from West/Central Africa) not touch your food." Thomas was banned from the store, yet returned two days later where he saw the same young Black man bagging groceries and again requested that a negro not handle his goods.