(WMC-TV) - Sparks flew during a meeting in Horn Lake Tuesday after a Muslim business owner compared city leaders to the KKK.
Taddarrell Muhammad knew his words would get a reaction during this meeting of Horn Lake's mayor and board of aldermen.
"Somebody out there called us KKK and racist, and I don't appreciate that one little bit," Horn Lake Alderman Tom Smith said.
Muhammad is a Muslim who opened a car wash and barber shop inside a building on Goodman Road, until the city shut him down for not meeting code requirements.
You're no different than any other business that operates in this city," Alderman John E. Jones, Jr. said.
Muhammad claims the decision to shut him down was based on his race and religious beliefs after a city inspector noticed Muslim books inside.
"They want to have a clean, Christian mentality when they're not Christian - good ole boys and KKK," he said. "That's what I believe."
Mayor Nat Baker and others on the board defended themselves during the meeting, referencing a racially charged media release sent out by Muhammad's group.
"I don't care if you're black, white, green or purple - I represent you as fair as I can," Baker said.
Baker said Muhammad would have to go back to the design and review board in order to re-open.
Meanwhile, Muhammad said he does not regret comparing the city to the KKK, and only wants to be treated fairly.