In at misguided attempt at whit, the crazy owner of a Colorado barbecue restaurant who drew criticism for offering a "White Appreciation Day" discount says he wants to celebrate Americans of all races, not just one...........
What started off as a joke about how there's no holiday that celebrates "the white community", has has been misinterpreted as a racially charged promotion, said Edgar Antillon, co-owner of Rubbin' Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe in Milliken.
Of course it has because the fact of the matter is that there are holidays that celebrate "the white community." Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day and St. Patricks Day are not "black holidays". Black people celebrate some of these holidays, but if you look at the root of them we have little if anything to do with their origin.
"We are an amazing culture here in the U.S. We're a melting pot," Antillon went on to say, "But we should include white people in that, too."
A sign posted in the restaurant's window announcing "White Appreciation Day" on June 11 reads, "Because all Americans should be celebrated."
In an interview, Antillon said it was unlikely that he would offer a discount to other racial groups. On Saturday, however, Antillon said that any American -- white, black, Asian or Hispanic -- who visits Rubbin' Buttz on June 11 will be offered the same 10% discount.
Antillon said he understands the need for heritage months to celebrate groups overlooked in history. As a Mexican-American, he said he has experienced racism firsthand.
But, that doesn't mean any race deserves to "segregated" to a monthlong celebration, he said.
"I should be celebrated every day of the year, but so should white people and so should black people," he said. "We should all be celebrated all year long."
News of the discount drew mixed reviews as it spread across the country this week, prompting the restaurant to address the controversy on its Facebook page.
"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!" the statement said.
But claiming "reverse racism", which is essentially what is happening here is a JOKE. All Antillon has managed to do is alienate anybody who is not white. Which may have been his goal in the first place. Well, mission accomplished!
Some responding to this message dismissed it as a publicity stunt, while others condemned it as a racist promotion that downplays the history of racial inequality in the United States.
"Yeah, like the rest of the year doesn't already belong to the White people!" one commenter said.
Others thanked Rubbin' Buttz owners for acknowledging that "whites deserve the same amount of appreciation as any other race."
Antillon apologized to the community of Milliken and to his restaurant's former owners who, like him, have been targets of threatening messages, he said.
"Our intention was not to put white people on a pedestal," Antillon said. "It was merely to fight fire with fire."