Have you seen this video yet? The captions do a pretty good job explaining what is going on, and while we can’t see what caused this young man to be ejected from the bar, what follows next is absolutely, unequivocally wrong. The (owner?) (bouncer?) (employee?) shouts racial slurs at the man in question, telling him to “get his guns” because “we’ll be ready.”
Hold up, WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATtttttttttttttttttttttttttt???!!!!
Are you f*cking kidding me?
After the whole thing blows up on social media, Dillinger’s tries to issue a half-ass apology on Facebook. Which, in fact, wasn’t an apology at all. It’s actually just an excuse for this disgusting behavior. Also, I would like to point out that their use of “people” in the context of violence, and use of “the majority” in the context of community seems a little racist as well. Just sayin’. Replace the words “people” with “black people” and replace “the majority” with “white people” and you have how Dillinger’s REALLY feels.
Now racism is nothing new in Binghamton, especially on State Street, where posted “dress codes” are meant to keep the “undesirables” out. But who are you really targetting by forbidding hats, t-shirts, and sneakers? I see white people wearing sneakers and t-shirts there all the time. In fact, I don’t have any straight male friends who wear anything OTHER than sneakers when they go to Dillinger’s. The rule is racist, no doubt about it. It’s enforced as a rule only when the bouncer thinks its necessary to keep a black person out. Plain and simple. It’s discriminatory, disgusting, and wrong.
And for those of you who don’t believe that…think…really think….
Why don’t you just post a dress code that says “Only white people past this point. Otherwise we’re going to keep a close watch on you and at first opportunity we’re going to throw you out on to the street and into the back of a police car.” That would be more truthful. Especially when you’re employing people who have no reservation using the n-word.
So when I tried to call them out on their Facebook post…as many others did…my comment was deleted. Oh, and so were all of the black people’s comments. (My comment is not below, this is just a sample of what others were saying. Mine had already been deleted at this point.)
Acceptable? Absolutely fucking not.
Racism is EVERYBODY’s responsibility. So don’t think that because you’re white that it doesn’t affect you. It does. When something like this happens, it is EVERYBODY’s responsibility to stand up and say “This isn’t right!”
As for Dillinger’s, their half-ass apology/explanation and subsequent deletion of contradictory comments is evidence of their racism enough. I’m done with them.
Tweet me @hey_Stacey_kay with hashtag #boycottDills #boycottracism with your thoughts.
If you’ve witnessed or experienced discriminatory or racist behavior at Dillinger’s, please share your story in the comments section below, where it WON’T be deleted. Every time someone Googles “Dillinger’s” this will be there for them to see. The more people that come forward, the harder it will be for them to ignore. I know many of you have already shared your experiences on Facebook, but not everyone can see that due to privacy settings. We need to hit them where it hurts.