UPDATE: Peaceful protest gets tense at Marquette bakery

Published: Jul. 12, 2020 at 10:37 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A peaceful protest in front of Huron Mountain Bakery ended up getting tense Sunday afternoon.

An activist group “Social Justice for Us” decided to protest in front of the bakery after learning about comments the owner made on social media. The group held a sit-in protest at John Scheidt’s other business, Babycakes Muffin Co., last month.

What started as a peaceful protest Sunday turned into a loud shouting match between two opposing groups. Each side was shouting their own beliefs. One group revved their motorcycle engines to drown out the sound of the other group.

Executive director of the “Social Justice for Us” group, Fred Sims, said he wants to talk with Scheidt and clear the air.

“If this is a simple misunderstanding,” Sims said. “Let’s clear it up. It’s been months. You didn’t respond as if it was a mistake, you hid.”

Scheidt says all of the commotion is leaving him uneasy.

“They’re going after and saying stuff about my family, my children, my employees and it’s really painful,” Scheidt said.

He is hurt by the image he feels is being portrayed of him.

“They’re portraying me as somebody that I’m not,” he said. “If you look at a cross-section of our employees, you’ll see that I judge a person on their character, not their race or anything else.”

Nonetheless, the protesters said they will continue to have their voices heard and they are just getting started.

“We’ve been doing this for a month now. We are a non-profit now. The momentum is just beginning. You’re going to see us all around this community. You’re going to know our name,” said Sims.

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