50 years ago, groups took to the streets to decry discrimination from companies and government institutions at the 1963 March on Washington. Today, however, the accessibility and amplifying power of social media has made digital mechanisms the go-to platform for modern protests.
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Some say social media is the perfect way to fight back by "shaming" brands and entities into addressing complaints. A recent story exemplifies this trend.
Was it racism?
A South Carolina restaurant came under fire this week when news began to spread about an alleged incident of discrimination involving its staff. Michael Brown was a part of a party of 25 that visited a Charleston restaurant called Wild Wings Café nearly a month ago. Brown says at some point during a two hour wait, a member of his party got into a dispute with another patron. Then things took a turn for the worse.
When Brown asked a manager about an empty section and asked to be seated, according to Brown, he was told that his party would not be seated there because the patron from the earlier dispute felt threatened.
Brown and his party were all black. The complaining patron was white. The scene soon escalated when a member of Brown's party began recording their conversation with the manager. All 25 were subsequently asked to leave.
Denial of service, no reasons given
"Without having a discussion about what happened, the manager made a clear decision to not service us over the other party," says Brown. "She kept us waiting and wouldn't have said anything had I not asked."
He called the Wild Wings corporate office and got no response, so Brown took to his Facebook page and wrote to his more than 1,000 friends. "This type of racial discrimination is unacceptable and we have to put a STOP TO IT," Brown wrote. "The manager looked me dead in the face and said she was refusing us service because she had a right to and simply she felt like it. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT...PLEASE SHARE THIS POST."
Today, the post has received nearly 4,000 shares on Facebook and over 2,000 comments.
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SOURCE: The Grio
Donovan X. Ramsey