No Coloureds Allowed
Oh there were plenty of places like that once upon a time in Manchester. Places where you just couldn’t go in if you were “brown”. But Manchester has changed. There may be a few places like that but they are tired dingy little holes that are drying up. No. We are better for the changes we have made now.
No Coloureds Allowed is a “trope” many of us have. It’s where an establishment gets “rid” of you either through bad service or just constant fuck ups or just doing stuff that makes you leave. Oh I have been sat in seats in the back rather than the windows. I once got sat next to the lavatory where my dining experience was initially punctuated by wafts of rather chemical smelling air. There were other seats but they were “reserved”. I have even sat in a restaurant where I was roundly ignored till I just left. These were in the days before Yelp and social media, but things have changed. We have made “progress”. But it still happens.
Some of us have experienced it first hand.
A party of 25 people were denied service at the Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston, North Carolina. Why? Because 25 Black people are scary and a white customer felt threatened by them. They were denied service after waiting a whopping 2 hours (The food must be bloody epic if you are willing to wait 2 hours for service).
After his party of 25 waited two hours for a table, the shift manager told them there was a “situation.” That a customer felt threatened by the party of 25 (because if Black people reach a Critical Mass they start demanding equality) which was alarming since these people were waiting peacefully for two hours. They were not causing any real conflict.
Brown says while he was talking to the shift manager, someone in his group began videotaping the conversation. Brown says that’s when the manager became upset and refused to seat them.
“I asked her I want to be clear with you,” says Brown. “I said so you’re telling me I have to leave. She said I have a right to deny you service. I said so you’re asking me to leave because you’re upset because he was recording you, after we’ve waited for two hours, and after you’ve already pretty much discriminated on us, and she answered yes.”
Brown says several calls were made to the corporate office in Mt. Pleasant, but he says they did not receive a call back, so he took to Facebook with this post Thursday.
I will never go to Wild wings cafe in N. Chs again! We (Party of 25 family and friends) waited 2hrs, patiently and were refused service because another customer (White) felt threatened by us. This type of racial discrimination is unacceptable and we have to put a STOP TO IT. The manager looked me dead in the face and said she was refusing us service because she had a right to and simply she felt like it. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT… PLEASE SHARE THIS POST… We need your help.
That caught the restaurant’s attention. As I said. Critical Mass Of Black People and Equality.
“We had a conversation,” says Stokes (company spokesman). “It was a really good conversation. He and many of his family and friends were there about a month ago, and they are regular customers of ours. So, they were having a going away party, and they just didn’t receive the experience that they have come to know and love.”
No…. They got treated like they were in fucking Jim Crow territory and hurt the feelings directly of 25 people in order to satisfy one racist. And only really did something about it when 25 people started making a big enough fuss that the Franchise would have ruined it’s reputation.
Brown says an apology was offered and a free meal for the entire group, but he says he’s not completely satisfied. Because you can’t just overcome racism with “sorry and a free meal”. The trust is gone. The fault may not be from the higher ups but of the local manager but the faith in the franchise is dead for these 25 people and others who read this.