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White Man Exposes Racist Restaurant Owner Who Wants To Keep Black People Out

White Man Exposes Racist Restaurant Owner Who Wants To Keep Black People Out
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Updated 1 week ago

Don Merckle is a musician based in Columbia, South Carolina, and apparently has the kind of face that makes racists want to divulge their prejudice. 

Merckle says he was in a bar in his hometown called Main Street Public House talking to one of the owners,  Jimmy Latulipe, when Latulipe decided to toss out some casual racism in a conversation about Merckle playing some music at the bar.

According to Merckle...

"Jimmy let me know that I shouldn’t worry about playing there because he is going to keep the ‘nigs’ out of his place."

Merckle added...

"I was dumbstruck and thought I must have misheard him. I incredulously asked him to repeat himself. I believe my exact words were ‘What the F- did you just say??’ And [bandmate] Brian, sure of what he heard, immediately told him that was NOT ok. Jimmy, sensing his error, immediately tried to back pedal. He apologized then added ‘…but you know what I mean’."

Merckle wrestled with whether or not to take the information public. After a few weeks he decided to do it.

His full Facebook post can be seen below...

So, I experienced something really disturbing ​a few weeks ago that I have been thinking about ever since. It’s been...

Posted by Donald Merckle on Friday, June 22, 2018

Merckle told The Root...

"I think more white people should talk about it, should expose. .. those in the community who are actively being racist in their practice. [Latulipe] made it clear to me ... his business practice was to keep certain black people out of his establishment."

He went on... 

"It was as if he was trying to make me feel better about that, and he was completely wrong."

Main Street Public House announced they had "parted ways" with part-owner Latulipe because of his statements to Merckle.

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People appreciated what Merckle did...

Others wondered where things could go from here...

As some thought this was a good path forward...

However this person made a salient point about the public's willingness to listen and immediately believe a White man's story of racism, but completely discount the videos, statistics and first-hand stories of racism from people of color...

Allyship sometimes requires speaking up and sometimes it requires looking in the mirror.

H/T: Twitter, The Root, Free Times