Social Justice Warrior Flash Mob In St. Augustine Attempts To Shut Down Restaurant Over Minstrel Costume

by Geoffrey Grider

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My intern Haley and I were walking back to the car after lunch this afternoon here in America’s oldest city, when we heard vigorous shouting coming from the area of the Prohibition Kitchen restaurant. As we got closer, the scene was a familiar one ripped right from breaking news headlines.
It seems that a server at the restaurant had decided to keep with the early 20th century theme of their work, and wore a minstrel costume complete with the blackface makeup of the period. News spread quickly, and in a very short period of time, about 50-60 college students ha assembled, with crudely-lettered signs, demanding the employee be fired and/or made to change their costume.

Here’s where things got interesting. The restaurant refused to honor their request, citing the right of their worker to dress in a legitimate period costume on a day that celebrates costumes. So the students squared off and began chanting what you see in the video.
The question is this. Is dressing like an authentic minstrel from the south on Halloween racism, or is it free expression of one’s free speech? It certainly was well within the rights of the students to do what they did, as guaranteed under our Constitution. But what about the rights of the server in the costume? Is the mere act of wearing stage makeup from a hundred years ago a racist act?
If so, where do you draw the line? Should parents whose kids were killed by violent crime be allowed to stop people from wearing a serial killer costume like Freddy Krueger on Halloween because it’s offensive to their child’s memory? Should cotton clothing be outlawed because it’s offensive to people whose great-grandparents were forced to pick cotton?
Should Georgia Bulldog costumes be banned in areas where they are outnumbered by Gators fans? I am asking a serious question here.
Is simply wearing blackface an act of racism?
Please post your comments below.


43 thoughts on “Social Justice Warrior Flash Mob In St. Augustine Attempts To Shut Down Restaurant Over Minstrel Costume”

  1. I’m black! I note that there may possibly be one black in this whole crowd! We’ve evolved into a culture with a misdirected youth…and may I ad an uneducated youth!!!
    The sad part about this whole thing is that the whole bunch will not be hired because their “college degree”, based on their level of ignorance and entitlement will amount to a middle school education..AT BEST!!!!
    The sad ending of their story is that they will be lifetime slaves of financial aid with less than worthy “college” degrees!!! OR, maybe that’s a good thing with this bunch, will keep them job focused and less entitled = GROW UP!!!!

    • The sad thing is they will eventually win and no one will dare mention anythng about slavery. Soon slavery will become unknown to the future so anything about it unknown. Slavery will just drop out of history and disappear. Good or bad slavery is the history of many blacks and nothing will exit. Future will wonder why anyone even mentions slavery because it clearly was not imporant enough to remember

  2. No, history is history its not racist to dress in blackface, if thats racist then for blacks to straiten there hair is, which its not, these protesters are fools…

    • Sadly history is what is remember and recorded. If you remove sections then you have a big blank. After we destroy the native american we ran schools which was designed to eliminate all the culture. Soon generations will look on slavery in old Roman. Nothing will be known so unless it is in a movie it will just be nothing

  3. It’s OK to submerge Christ in a jar of urine and call it free speech protected art,
    but a little (lol) blackface and everyone is all a titter, swooning with (gasp) fakery.
    America, land of the free as long as you don’t say these 259 words, or even think them..
    Pathetic laughingstock is what it is..


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