White Appreciation Day has brought national attention on Rubbin Buttz BBQ restaurant owner Edgar Antillon for coming up with the idea. Some believe the concept is racist, and already the eatery had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat. But the Hispanic man insists that people are misunderstanding his idea.
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The biggest issue that people have with the plan for White Appreciation Day is that it gives only white people a 10 percent discount for the day. Ricardo Romero, a civil rights activist in northern Colorado, called White Appreciation Day “a perpetuation of racism” since it does not give the discount to the entire community. Jennifer McPherson of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies said people could file complaints based upon discrimination.
“If someone felt like they were being discriminated against, they could come to the civil rights division and file a complaint in our office, and we would investigate that,” she said.
According to WVEC, Edgar Antillon has been receiving many threats since Friday, and his restaurant had to be evacuated Friday due to a bomb threat. The owner says the idea is misunderstood, and he notes that he has Mexican heritage and has experienced racism first hand. He also addressed the controversy over White Appreciation Day on Facebook.
“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.
The Rubbin Buttz BBQ owner also explained what his intentions were when he created White Appreciation Day.
“We are an amazing culture here in the U.S. We’re a melting pot,” Antillon told CNN. “But we should include white people in that, too. I should be celebrated every day of the year, but so should white people and so should black people. We should all be celebrated all year long. Our intention was not to put white people on a pedestal. It was merely to fight fire with fire.”
Edgar Antillon also changed his mind about the discount offered for White Appreciation Day. Originally, he told reporters he would limit the discount to whites only, but now the June 11th celebration will be open to any American, whether white, black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American.
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