This is sickening.
Joe’s Crab Shack is getting major heat for using a photo of a black man’s execution as cheeky restaurant decor.
According to reports, Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen were about to dine at Joe’s Crab Shack in Roseville, Minnesota on Wednesday when they noticed a disturbing photo embedded inside the table.
The picture appeared to show a large group of white people watching the public execution of a black person, with “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas, on April 12th, 1895” written at the bottom.
At the top, a cartoon-y word balloon had the man saying:
“All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo!”
Obviously, the two diners found the photo super offensive, and asked for it to be removed — but still made sure to share the repugnant image on Facebook.
Allen said she couldn’t believe the image of black men being lynched was used so lightly, explaining:
“This type of blatant racism should not be tolerated in this country, or in our local and national eating establishments. I have felt sick to my stomach and stressed out since seeing that image on the table where I was planning to eat my food…Seeing a picture of two black men being lynched was the last thing that I expected to see at what was supposed to be a family-friendly restaurant.”
The Minneapolis NAACP demanded an immediate public apology by the restaurant chain, and swift removal “of any and all lynching or otherwise racially-offensive imagery” from its restaurants — which is a sad demand to have to make in 2016.
David Catalano, an executive at Joe’s Crab Shack parent company Ignite Restaurant Group, said the image was removed and understands the photo was offensive. He apologized in a statement:
“We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image and we look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community.”
It’s hard to believe anyone thought it would be a good idea to use such a disturbing photo for silly decorative purposes at a family restaurant.
Ch-ch-check out the full original post (below):
[Image via Facebook.]