A Latino-owned Colorado barbecue joint is planning on holding its first annual “White Appreciation Day” on June 11th, a move that is quickly gaining national attention and backlash alleging racial discrimination.
Owner Edgar Antillon, stated there should be a white counterpart to Black History Month and Hispanic History Month, but originally when the sign that read; White Appreciation Day! June llth. Because all Americans should be celebrated was hung on Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ’s front door, it was only intended to be a joke.
“The least we could do is offer one day to appreciate white Americans,” he told CNN affiliate KUSA-TV
News of the act has resulted in quite a bit of backlash, as seen with comments from Activist Ricardo Romero; “If you’re going to give a discount, give it to the whole community.” Romero added, “It’s just wrong.”
People in the community say the plan is discriminatory. “If someone felt like they were being discriminated against, they could come to the civil rights division and file a complaint with our office, and we would investigate that,” a representative of the Colorado Department of Regulatory agencies said.
Now it seems the owners are reluctant to back down, as a post on their Facebook page indicates the good interview they had with CNN. Antillon posted on the page; “As a Mexican, I wanted to highlight a double standard.” and included. “Although we’ve had overwhelming support for it, there are a few who are filled with hate and/or misunderstanding. People full of hate and negativity want your attention, don’t give it to them. Stay happy!”
In the “politically correct” world we live in, there is very little room anymore for humor. Very little room for acceptance and understanding. Is this a racial discrimination issue, or is it just harmless fun being poked at an overly sensitive populace? No matter if you are “for or against” this restaurant owner’s decision to promote a “White Only Day” is irrelevant. The question here is; Does he have the “right” to post it? I believe per the Constitution and the 1st Amendment, the answer would most logically be; yes he does.