#TheRootTrip: Fill ’er Up Quick at Swift, One of the Few Black-Owned Gas Stations in Texas

Lawrence Ross/The Root
Lawrence Ross/The Root

Guess what, guys? I found another black-owned gas station! Swift Fast Food & Gas at 801 W. Kearney St. in Mesquite, Texas, is ready for your business.

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Lawrence Ross/The Root

Not only do they have gas like any other gas station, as well as a full convenience store where you can buy all the chips, sodas and candy bars you can carry, but they just opened a new kitchen, so try their new pork-chop basket!

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Lawrence Ross/The Root
Lawrence Ross/The Root

So as I was heading out of Texas for the great state of Louisiana, I filled up the 5.0 with $30 worth of premium with Techron. So that brings the total money spent with black businesses to $338.

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startingoveragain
StartingOverAgain

As a long time resident of the area you’re about to drive through. Don’t stop anywhere. Drive straight through to Shreveport.

East Texas houses the wackos who keep sending Louie Gohmert, the guy who kept shouting “Radical Islam!” when House Democrats had a sit in on the House floor for gun control after Sandy Hook, to Washington. While not everyone is bad, and there’s a meaningfully sized black community in the bigger towns like Tyler & Longview, it is probably the most arch-conservative region in the whole country.