Chinese Restaurant In Toronto Ordered to Pay $10K to Black Customer Forced to Prepay for Meal

Emile Wickham
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After a Black customer was racially profiled at a Chinese restaurant in Toronto and asked to prepay for his meal before receiving his food, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ordered the establishment pay the customer $10,000.

May of 2014, Emile Wickham and his three friends went to Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant in Toronto, Canada to celebrate a late night birthday dinner, but they were caught off guard with what happened next.

The server took the group’s order and requested they prepay for their meals before receiving their food, claiming it was the restaurant’s policy. The demand seemed strange to Wickham, a York University student, and he some wanted answers.

“They were like, ‘Yeah, this is standard procedure, it’s ok, this is what we do,’” Wickham told VICE News in an interview. “We relented, but it didn’t sit right with me.”

Wickham asked other customers dining inside of Hong Shing if they’d been demanded to pre-pay for their food, but not one other consumer was given the same request.

“We immediately approached them about it, they didn’t even try to counter our claim,” Wickham stated to the news outlet. “They knew what they had done, and offered us our money back. We took it and we left the restaurant. We were dejected. I knew then that this particular incident, I would not let it go unaddressed.”

He continued,” As a Black person, there’s a lot of microaggressions you encounter, and it’s stuff you often can’t call out without the other person being like ‘Oh, it wasn’t meant like that…’ You second-guess yourself. But with this one, it was so blatant, and I had three other people with me and we all agreed simultaneously.”

Hong Shing alleged in a written response to Wickham’s claim that “because of its location, the restaurant attracts something of a transient crowd, and unfortunately it was very common in the past that customers ‘dine and dash.’” They claimed to have adopted the policy years ago, but adjudicator Esi Codjoe concluded that there was no substantiating evidence of such policy and that the restaurant staff violated section 1 of the province’s human-rights code – which guarantees equal treatment when accessing goods, services and facilities – and  treated Mr. Wickham as “a potential thief in waiting.”

“His mere presence as a Black man in a restaurant was presumed to be sufficient evidence of his presumed propensity to engage in criminal behavior,” Codjoe wrote.

Wickham admitted he was treated like a second-class citizen and said “no matter how well dressed or educated or spoken you may be you are still just seen as a “nigger.’”

“Through this whole thing, they’ve shown a complete disregard for wanting to sit down and understand how we were feeling, and for me, that is disappointing… I’ve seen the backlash against them, and I can’t feel sorry for them because I know how much they’ve avoided addressing this situation,” the York University Alum said.

He concluded that “Black racism” is an everyday struggle and hopes “for a conversation about racism and profiling beyond this incident.”

“It happens when we interact with an immigration officer, when we go to the unemployment office when we go to the dental office. Canadians need to understand how they themselves could be contributing to this,” Wickham said.

Source: Black info

Serena Williams Explains Why She Chose to Marry a White Man

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Serena Williams wed husband Alexis Ohanian in November. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

When Serena Williams announced she was engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, many people remarked about the fact that the Black woman hailed as the greatest athlete of all time was settling down with a white man.

However, what remained important to Williams, who shares daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. with Alexis Sr., is that her spouse was kind, humorous and loving.

“Ultimately I wanted to be with someone who treated me nice, someone who was able to laugh with me and someone who understood my life and someone that loved me,” the athlete previously linked to Drake and Common told The New York Times in a Friday, April 27 profile. “And you know, I’m sure there’s other people out there [pauses and laughs]. But you know, Alexis is the one I connected with, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The two met in Rome, Italy in May 2015. Williams, lounging by a pool, had initially told him there were rats around to get him to leave her and her friends alone, according to her June 2017 Vanity Fair profile. When he didn’t leave, they invited him over to their table.

And while the 23-time Grand Slam champion definitely recognizes their differences — her father, Richard Williams’ 2014 memoir focused on racism — she says she wouldn’t change a thing.

“Literally all I tell Alexis is, ‘well, you know, there’s such a difference between white people and Black people.’ He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn’t happen if I were white,” she said. “It’s interesting. I never thought I would have married a white guy, either, so it just goes to show you that love truly has no color, and it just really goes to show me the importance of what love is. And my dad absolutely loves Alexis.”

In response, folks online have said the tennis star doesn’t need to explain her choice in a spouse to anyone.

“Serena… You owe no one any explanation…” a commenter said. “It is your life… Do what makes you happy sis. Even after explaining… You still cannot help people understand… 😎.”

“Enjoy your marriage, my girl, you don’t need to explain to anybody,” another echoed.

Still, one person was dissatisfied with Williams writing, “Your life your business, you are a disgrace to the Black race.”



Source: Black info

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