Do you remember this summer when the Supreme Court’s more conservative justices lead the charge in a 5-4 decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act? Do you also remember how the reasoning they used is that race relations have come so far in this country — particularly where the VRA’s pre-approval clause was being enforced — that it renders the act unnecessary? It might be hard to remember because we tend to want to forget monumentally stupid and illogical things, but perhaps Justices Scalia or Roberts should be sent the following clip so they can explain how this sort of thing happens in “post-racial” America.
In Charleston, South Carolina over the weekend, a group of twenty-five African-Americans was refused service after a white patron said they felt “threatened” by the large group of black people waiting to be seated. The establishment, Wild Wing Cafe, must have decided that it was 1913 instead of 2013, because they acted upon the frightened white person’s paranoia, telling the twenty-five African-Americans who had reportedly been waiting two hours for a table their business was not welcome at that establishment.
One of the group’s members got on Facebook to express his disdain for the restaurant’s actions and the story went viral.
We all knew SCOTUS’ decision this summer was a smack in the face to people of color everywhere. It’s not that we haven’t made progress in this country; of course we have. However, the truth is that stories like this happen, and they happen more often than we care to admit, and until these kinds of stories really do become a relic of the past, we have a duty to call out the racists involved and move the country forward…one step at a time.
Watch the local Charleston news’ coverage of this story here:
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