She said she felt "threatened"
Imagine waiting for hours to get into your favorite restaurant only to have your entire night ruined by one awful customer. Even worse: Imagine it all happens because you’re black, and because that other customer is white.
Race relations have not been so great in America in recent years; of course, much of this comes from old, unresolved tensions that have still not been properly addressed even decades and centuries later. While many people would never pass judgement on others because of the color of their skin, there are sadly still many out there for whom these bygone racist beliefs are too deeply engrained.
A large group of family and friends in Charleston, South Carolina were ready for a fun night out together when one racially-charged older woman ruined their night. Sadly, the restaurant owner sided with her.
Nobody wants to go out with friends and family and have to worry that the night will take a wrong turn. Most of us are fortunate enough not to have to prepare for these bad situations, but not everybody is so lucky. Specifically, many minorities and even women often have to be on their guard when going into certain places like specific bars and restaurants, towns, or even walking home at night. Often, these people make easy targets for those who would seek to harm them.
Imagine going out to one of your favorite bars and having to worry that you won’t be welcome. Many of us with certain privileges never have to have this situation cross our mind, but for others, this is a daily reality.
A Night Out
Michael Brown went out in Charleston, South Carolina with 24 family members for what was supposed to be a fun, low-key night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.
Even though there was a two-hour wait for their big party to get into the popular Wild Wing Cafe, Brown and his family was determined to get their table and enjoy their food. But with plenty of empty seats and tables around, Brown had to wonder: Why the wait?
That’s when they found out about how one racist lady was about to ruin their night.
A worker finally explained that they had to wait because another customer was uncomfortable with such a large group of black people trying to enter the restaurant.
“She said there’s a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party, so she asked us not to seat you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” Brown later explained. “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”
Clearly, Brown and party weren’t acting in any way that would have gotten them kicked out, so it truly came down to one white woman feeling threatened and a compliant restaurant staff that allowed her ignorance to keep them waiting for two hours. Brown knew he had to videotape the interaction to get this wild explanation on camera, and that’s when the shift manager refused to serve them at all…