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This makes me sad (and angry) on so many levels

From The Huffington Post:
Wild Wing Cafe Kicks Out 25 African Americans After White Customer Felt 'Threatened'

Words fails me, so you can read about it here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08...

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  1. Huff post? I'd like to hear the other side of the story too. And we're not hearing it here.

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    1. re: miss_belle

      If you google the story, you'll find other sources.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          What do you expect? It's a slow news day.

          1. re: miss_belle

            Right. The crisis in Syria and the raging wildfires in Yosemite pretty much give the media nothing of importance to talk about.

      1. re: miss_belle

        http://www.radiofacts.com/blacks-aske...

        Scroll down to a comment by LuckyChucky. He could be making it up, but it sounds legit.

          1. re: Chimayo Joe

            I've never lived in the South, and I'm speaking as a white chick, but I've honestly never heard "whitey" used as a pejorative.

            That seems dated and fake to my ears.

            1. re: Violatp

              Honky sounds dated to me, but whitey seems in vogue. I'm thinking of "Beat Whitey Night" at the Iowa State Fair a couple of years ago, the New Black Panther guy with "Kill Whitey" tattooed on his face who was arrested a couple of months ago, and the "Kill Whitey" rap song from several years ago.

              I'm not from the deep South, but over the course of my lifetime I've heard just about every racial slur that exists spoken by people of white, black, and hispanic ethnicity. I've heard whitey. No one has ever actually called me by a racial slur to my face though.

              1. re: miss_belle

                What is it that had you need a "different side" to the story and then automatically believe the second story?

            2. re: Chimayo Joe

              Maybe I'm crazy, but I'll take the word of the restaurant management and the person who complained over some random anonymous internet commenter. At least the former two identified themselves publicly, and gave statements and interviews to news media outlets.

              If people believed everything someone hiding their identity told them, this country would be seriously screwed. It doesn't sound legit at all, unless you're just looking to have your prejudices confirmed.

              1. re: JonParker

                The journalist writes "a woman who works at the Wild Wings restaurant" rather than "a woman who says she works at the Wild Wing restaurant", so it sounds like her identity was confirmed.

                  1. re: Chimayo Joe

                    And again, the restaurant has apologized for the incident and said that were not treated properly. I really don't see why people are having a problem believing that.

                    And just to be clear, the restaurant has apologized for the incident and said that they were not treated properly.

                    Some of the claims in this "employee's" comment make no sense. They were standing on the sidewalk? Where were they supposed to wait? I've never been in a restaurant that had room for more than six or seven people to sit and wait for a table.

                    1. re: JonParker

                      Not saying that the Wild Wings representatives are doing it because they just want to put the incident behind them, but I could understand a restaurant wanting to do that regardless of what actually happened. It may have happened exactly as was claimed by the offended party but it's no stretch to think it possible that people(whatever color) waiting for two hours would get upset about it and make their displeasure known.

                      Never been to a Wild Wings but a Texas Roadhouse I used to frequent had an entire room just for people waiting. Here the chains get slammed at peak times and waits can be ridiculously long.

              2. re: miss_belle

                What other side of the story? As written it contains quotes from the complaintant and a statement from the restaurant's management. Who else do you expect them to talk to?

                And what's wrong with using Huff Post as a source?

                1. re: JonParker

                  Well, it ain't Fox News, the be all and end all of fair and balanced reporting, dontcha know?

                  '-D

                2. re: miss_belle

                  The company has acknowledged the wrong doing, so why are you so quick to assume that there is an equally valid other side to the story?

                3. It's on the Griot, too. The source is a local CBS affiliate.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        It's weird.

                        I usually have a strong mean libertarian streak in me, but this just strikes a very wrong chord with me.

                        Can't put my finger on it.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Perhaps because 1 white person trumped 25 black people.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Folks, we've removed some very off-topic posts here, largely about political theory. Let's try to stick to the food- and restaurant- aspects of this news story.

                          1. This kind of racial issue is often difficult to resolve because, as I've discovered recently, there really are very different ways that a situation can occur for an African American than it can for a White American. The circumstance may be identical, and neither perception is right or wrong. They're both valid. We just have different ways of viewing and interpreting the world and things that happen.

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                            1. re: chicgail

                              When a situation occurs between people of the same race, it can be explained away by politics, rudeness etc... however, when the very same situation occurs between people of different races, the possibility of racism is raised.

                            2. You and me both. Just stunned.

                              1. Hope the next sign they have to post is a "Going out of Business" one.

                                1. Would the management have kicked out 25 members of the Hell's Angels? Can you think of any biker gang that would wait 2 hours for a table? Other than Purgatory's Pediatricians.

                                  Corporate responded, group appears to have responded positively. The love of social media, such as Chowhound, will not allow this to be relegated to the dustbin of history.

                                  On the upside, at least it didn't happen in Florida.

                                  1. http://www.radiofacts.com/woman-wild-...

                                    True? Maybe, maybe not. The only fact is none of us were there. I seldom believe everything I read. 2 sides to every story and we the readers seldom get all of he facts so we should quit rushing to judgement.

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