This Restaurant Thought It Was a Good Idea to Have a ‘White Appreciation Day’

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This Restaurant Thought It Was a Good Idea to Have a ‘White Appreciation Day’
This Restaurant Thought It Was a Good Idea to Have a ‘White Appreciation Day’

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‘Bad publicity is better than no publicity.’ This restaurant is probably hoping that idiom is correct.

If you’re in the Milliken, Colorado, area and happen to be of the Aryan persuasion, be sure to stop by Rubbin’ Buttz Barbecue: you’ll get a 10 percent discount. What initially started as a joke became a reality: the Hispanic owners of the barbecue joint are planning a “White Appreciation Day” when all white people will get a 10 percent discount. The idea behind it, according to owner Edgar Antillon, is that most minority or fringe groups get an appreciation day, and he just wants to make white people feel included.

"I'm first generation born, my parents are from Mexico,” Antillon told local news station WNDU. “We have a whole month for Black History Month, we have a whole month for Hispanic Heritage Month, so we thought the least we could do was offer one day for white people.”

In fact, Antillon, a first generation Mexican-American, says he knows how it feels to experience blatant racism, and his “White Appreciation Day” is actually meant to bring people together.

But not everyone agrees. “It's a perpetuation of racism," Weld County civil rights activist and community organizer Ricardo Romero told the local NBC syndicate. "It's wrong. If you're going to give a discount, give it to the whole community."

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