Post-racial America loses another positive mark in the win-loss column, this after a group of Black diners celebrating a joyous occasion were allegedly denied entry to a restaurant because a white patron felt threatened.
WCSC, a CBS station in Charleston, S.C., broke the story last week of Michael Brown and a going away celebration he and his family attempted to host at the Wild Wing Cafe in July. Brown claims that his large party was refused seating by the shift manager in the casual eatery because a white guest didn’t feel comfortable with them there.
“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 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 took to Facebook with a fiery tirade, which caught the attention of the Cafe’s chief marketing officer, Debra Stokes. Brown and Stokes spoke, and according to the Wild Wing rep, the pair had a “good conversation” but Brown is demanding more action.
“We weren’t coming there for a free meal. When we came there that night, we were coming to patronize the business,” said Brown. “This is not a situation where you can just give us a free meal and everything is OK because it’s deeper than that.”
Watch the video of the report below.