ROSEVILLE, MN — A major seafood franchise is receiving much attention this week due to one of its restaurant’s racist decorations.
A Joe’s Crab Shack near Minneapolis was visited by two Melanoid people on Wednesday when they noticed a photo depicting a lynch mob featuring captions with tasteless humor. Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen–the two customers who noticed the photo, complained to management about what they saw, then opted not to dine at the establishment.
The Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP intervened upon hearing of the incident, and the chapter’s president, Nekima Levy-Pounds had the following to say in a press conference:
This disturbing incident that occurred at Joe’s Crab Shack, demonstrates that racism is still alive and well in this country. It is sickening to know that someone would make a mockery of black men being savagely lynched and then use that imagery for decorative purposes in a restaurant.
“I have felt sick to my stomach and stressed out since seeing that image on the table where I was planning to eat my food,” Tyrone told Minneapolis’s KARE 11.