A restaurant in Texas is going through backlash after a photograph of an indication posted in certainly one of its rooms went viral on social media. The classic neon signal at Prepare dinner’s Storage in Lubbock contains a caricature of an African-American man with “Coon Rooster Inn,” written throughout his tooth. Many are demanding the signal’s removing, calling it racist in feedback circulating by way of social media and Yelp.
In response to KCBD, an area MSNBC affiliate in Texas, the difficulty arose after an individual attended a vacation social gathering at Prepare dinner’s Storage and later posted a photograph of the signal to Fb. Homeowners of the restaurant responded to the grievance by writing again: “We didn’t put this signal as much as be derogatory, racist or to offend anybody. That is a part of Americana Historical past… identical to all the pieces else hung in our assortment and buildings.”
The publish continues, “Aunt Jemima, mammies, and plenty of different black collectibles are extremely wanted, as is Americana collectibles with white characters. The Coon Rooster Inn was an precise restaurant began within the 20’s. Once more, we need to stress we don’t intend to offend anybody, and are solely preserving part of historical past that ought to remind us the entire senselessness of racial prejudice.”
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However many individuals aren’t completely glad with the restaurant’s response.
“I have never eaten right here, nor will I. We now have labored onerous to teach our youngsters to like and respect all folks, to not offend and demean them,” Elle E. wrote on Yelp. “Whereas the proprietor has a proper to embellish as they need, we now have the proper to not help the ignorance of the previous getting used as ‘décor.’”
The Every day Meal has reached out to Prepare dinner’s Storage for additional remark.