Black diners ejected from restaurant

A Charleston man who says he and his family were racially discriminated against at a restaurant took his complaints to Facebook, reports Live 5 News. Michael Brown says he and other family members were celebrating at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston, when a shift manager asked the raucous party to move to another section because a white customer was uncomfortable.

“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,” explains Brown. “Obviously, if we were causing any conflict, we would have been ejected out of the place hours before.”

Brown said as he spoke to the manager another member of his party began videotaping the exchange — which only escalated the friction. At that point, Brown says the manager refused to seat them and asked them to leave.

“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 to no avail. So Brown took to his complaint to Facebook.

“I will never go to Wild wings cafe in N. Chs again!,” Brown wrote. “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…,” he added.

Brown’s post was picked up by the media, which got the attention of the corporate office.

“…we always encourage our customers to respond to us or to comment on our social media pages,” says Debra Stokes, the chief marketing officer for Wild Wing Cafe. Representatives from the restaurant reached out to Brown.

“We had a conversation,” says Stokes. “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.”

Brown should come to Georgia if he thinks that was an isolated incident. Ask anyone who has lived in Georgia for at least a decade, and they will tell you that they experienced similar incidences of discrimination in restaurants right here in Atlanta. If a restaurant won’t serve you, you take your cash elsewhere. All the complaining and media hoopla is not going to change the fact that racism exists and is not going anywhere.

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