Nonetheless it is no excuse for the recent incidents that have occurred in a couple Waffle House restaurants. The first one happened in an Alabama Waffle House. Chikesia Clemons was pinned down by three police officers after a verbal exchange with employee. The second one took place in Warsaw North Carolina. Anthony Wall, 22, had just took his little sister to prom and once again a situation occurred where an employee got into a verbal argument with Wall. The police were called and footage surfaced of an officer choking and throwing Wall to the ground.
The over aggressive nature of the way the police reacted to both situations, has caused civil right leaders to protest the restaurant chain. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. sent out a tweet that encouraged people to stop patronizing the restaurant until they implement changes that address racist behavior from their employees. “Family, let’s stay out of @WaffleHouse until the corporate office legitimately and seriously commits to 1) discussion on racism, 2) employee training, and 3) other plans to change; and until they start to implement changes.” she tweeted.
For me it is was thing for the Waffle House to be overrated, but it is another thing for them to be over-racist. I get it, the Waffle House restaurants has become a landmark in the South. And I don’t expect my little voice in Chicago will change that. On the other hand, it might be wise for Black folks in the South to pool their resources together and start opening their own late night food eatery. This was my suggestion when people began to protest Houston’s restaurant in Atlanta. I feel like if these establishments do not appreciate us enough to show respect and courtesy to our money; then we should go or come up with a place that will. How do you feel about the recent incidents at the Waffle House restaurants? Do you think it was unnecessary? Do you think these incidents are isolated to particular locations or does the chain has a racist problem in general? Leave your comments below