At this eatery, blacks pay $12, whites pay $30

At this eatery, blacks pay $12, whites pay $30
Tunde Wey (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Social justice restaurant]

Back in 2016, I reported on a restaurant called Lentil as Anything, where at the meal’s conclusion customers were not presented with a check. Instead, they were given the choice of paying whatever they felt was fair.

Now another eatery has emerged that trades on a similar philosophy, but with a twist. At Saartj, a lunch counter at the Roux Carre market in New Orleans, the amount customers pay is determined in part by race, in part by conscience.

People of color pay $12. White people can also pay $12 if they choose, though there is an option to pay $30. The latter amount, which is two and a half times more, is also a reflection of the wealth disparity in New Orleans.

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According to The Washington Post, chef and owner Tunde Wey explains to his customers that the “profits will be redistributed to people of color, but not as charity — just to any minority customers of his who want it, regardless of their income or circumstance.”

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