Archive for Michael Brown

VIDEO: Black customers denied service at So. Carolina cafe because customer felt "threatened"


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The South Carolina's restaurant's shift manager called this a "situation." Here's another word for it: Racism.

Michael Brown was celebrating his cousin's last day in Charleston at Wild Wing Cafe in North Charleston. But after waiting and waiting and waiting to be seated-- for two hours-- he and his party of 25 were very unpleasantly surprised. The shift manager told them there was a "situation."

That "situation" consisted of one customer who said she felt "threatened" by the party of 25, so the "threatened" customer asked that the party of 25, who just happened to be black, be seated in a different section. The 25 "threatening" black people had been there for hours, so why hadn't they already been kicked out if they were so evil and scary?

Answer: Because they weren't evil and scary. They were peacefully hanging out until a table was ready. Via WNEM:

Brown says while he was talking to the shift manager, someone in his group began videotaping the conversation. Brown says that's when the manager became upset and refused to seat them.

"I asked her I want to be clear with you," says Brown. "I said so you're telling me I have to leave. She said I have a right to deny you service. I said so you're asking me to leave because you're upset because he was recording you, after we've waited for two hours, and after you've already pretty much discriminated on us, and she answered yes."

Look how evil and scary they are:

restaurant kicks out black customersMichael Brown and his friends, via Facebook

Brown called the corporate office to complain, but even after several weeks, he got no response, so he wrote this on Facebook:

I will never go to Wild wings cafe in N. Chs again! We (Party of 25 family and friends) waited 2hrs, patiently and were refused service because another customer (White) felt threatened by us. This type of racial discrimination is unacceptable and we have to put a STOP TO IT. 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... We need your help.

Guess who saw that and suddenly paid attention... Yep, the chief marketing officer for Wild Wing Cafe. But hey, at least he was offered an apology... and a free meal!

"We weren't coming there for a free meal. When we came there that night, we were coming to patronize the business. This is not a situation where you can just give us a free meal and everything is okay because it's deeper than that."

Yes, it's much deeper than that. There's your "post-racial" America, folks. The long civil rights movement: “Everything has changed. Nothing has changed.”

By the way, on the Cafe Facebook page, you'll find this statement and a whole lot of angry ex- and not-future-customers:

In light of recent discussions, we would like to make clear that Wild Wing Cafe welcomes and caters to customers of every background, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or age. We are proud to be a place where people from all walks of life can meet, relax and have a good time. Our corporate policy and ethics won't stand for anything otherwise. We have been in contact with the person who has made us aware his experience was less than satisfactory, and are continuing to speak with him to reach a solution.

Update: With regard to the ongoing discussion about a customer complaint, we at Wild Wing Cafe are completely aware of the fact that we dropped the ball in communicating swiftly to a loyal customer. We take full responsibility for our lapse in response time, had the opportunity to call back and have no excuses for not doing so in 3 weeks.

However, we have never tolerated racism from our employees and won't tolerate it on our Page either. Our biggest concern has always been our customers and our staff. We have always insisted on hearing all sides to an issue and treating people with respect... and this time is no different.

H/t: @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation


Bush FEMA director "Heckuva Job Brownie": "Why did [Obama] jump on [Hurricane Sandy] so quickly?"


After the harrowing Hurricane Katrina devastation, GW Bush (in)famously said this to his FEMA director Michael Brown... yes, the same "Brownie" who completely botched it back in 2005 because he was, you know, too slow to respond to a major disaster:

Here's what sloth-like Brownie the Hypocrite said about the way President Obama is handling Hurricane Sandy, via Think Progress:

“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”

And Brown is the inverse of competent, rational, and principled.

Here's a thought, Brownie: The president was busy trying to get a head start on saving lives while your guy was busy promoting himself at a fake “storm relief event.”


VIDEO: Pot. Kettle. Brownie.


Once a BushCo hypocritical smear-monger, always a BushCo hypocritical smear-monger. They always were good at playing the Blame Game.

Via Think Progress:

Even Republicans think Brown’s characterization is way off. Missouri Rep. Billy Long (R) said, “FEMA has been great. The FEMA White House liaison called me first thing this morning and said, ‘Whatever you need, you will have.’ And the FEMA’s been here working, and we’re just gonna fight back and help these people down here in any way possible…the federal government has pledged that.”

HeckuvaJob Brownie: Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day.


Quote-O'-The-Day: Former FEMA Fool edition


By GottaLaff

Heckuva quote, Mary:

"He was a fool when he stepped off the plane in Louisiana 4½ years ago, and unfortunately for him, he apparently still is."

-- Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), quoted by Politico, on the attempted comeback of former FEMA Director Michael Brown.

Many of us are still trying to figure out why he was allowed back on the Tee Vee Machine in the first place.


Heckuva Job Brownie gets a radio talk show


By GottaLaff

Not only did he get a show, he got a prime time show. Maybe he'll do a terrible job, fail to show up, then get a public pat on the back:

Michael Brown, the former head of FEMA much excoriated for the agency's response to Hurricane Katrina, reportedly has a deal to become a talk radio host in Denver.

He's going all fair and balanced on us:

Brown told the blog he'll resist jumping on the media bandwagon when someone in the news is painted as a villain, offering an "objective point of view." [...]

He's also teaching a class on the Patriot Act this spring at the University of Denver.[...]

The AM programming director for Clear Channel, which owns KOA, said Brown is "really very knowledgeable about what is going on and has solid opinions. Out of a list of really great candidates, he came to the top."

Good lord, imagine who was at the bottom.