The Red Hen Restaurant
Well it’s been another fun week here in America, Land of the Free, yadayadayada.
The whole world watched us separate kids from Central American refugee parents coming to our southern border fleeing the violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Under the “Zero Tolerance” policy of our Caudillo we now view all of those crossing the border without proper documentation as criminals to be detained (read arrested) and held until their individual applications for asylum are adjudicated.
Yesterday our illustrious leader suggested that the involvement of the Courts was unnecessary and a great waste of time. Forget that “due process” crap! Just send ’em all back where they came from. How American.
A couple of weeks ago our Supreme Court ruled 5 – 4 along the usual lines that a wedding cake maker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s marriage was within his rights, ruling narrowly that his “beliefs” – religious in nature – had been given short shrift by the lower courts.
Now this old man considers a bakery / wedding cake business as a public business, open to all without discrimination. The cake baker in question is not exactly Leonardo; he was not requested to paint a portrait of the couple. He was asked to bake a cake. His doors were open each morning and closed each evening and were open to all.
Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
Any old timers remember Lester Maddox and the Pickrick Restaurant in Georgia?
Old Lester was an arch-segregationist. He would not serve African Americans in his restaurant.
The Pickrick Restaurant was a family affair, Lester’s wife and children working side-by-side with him. Known for its simple, inexpensive Southern cuisine, including its specialty, skillet-fried chicken, the Pickrick soon became a thriving business. The restaurant also provided Maddox with his first political forum. He placed advertising which featured cartoon chickens in the Atlanta newspapers.
Following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision of the United States Supreme Court, these restaurant ads began to feature the cartoon chickens commenting on the political questions of the day. However, Maddox’s refusal to adjust to changes following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 manifested itself when he filed a lawsuit to continue his segregationist policies. Maddox said that he would close his restaurant rather than serve African Americans.
An initial group of black demonstrators came to the restaurant but did not enter. In April 1964, more African Americans attempted to enter the restaurant. Maddox confronted the group with a bare ax handle, defending his right not to serve “invading” blacks on his private property.
The “invasion” Maddox referred to above were three black Georgia Tech students who had asked to be seated.
Maddox became a martyr to segregationist advocates by leasing and then selling the restaurant to employees rather than agreeing to serve black customers. He claimed that the issue was not hostility to blacks, but his constitutional property rights. He even built a monument to “private property rights” near the restaurant.
In spite of his beliefs, “public accommodation” became the rule – if you were open for business you were open to everyone’s business.
In the last couple of weeks, Stephan Miller, a senior White House advisor to El Caudillo and an architect of our current immigration policies was hooted out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington D. C. by patrons and staff.
Later that week, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen was booed out of another Mexican restaurant in D.C. by other diners and protestors over the separation policy.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders met a similar fate at the Red Hen Restaurant in a rural area of Virginia. The owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, said later that she had “certain standards that I feel I have to uphold such as honesty, compassion and cooperation.” She politely asked Sanders to leave her establishment.
Later she told the Washington Post “I am not a huge fan of confrontation. This feels like a moment in our democracy when people have to take uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their moral beliefs.”
Karma’s a bitch ain’t it? None of these folks got their panties or tightie-whities in a snit when the gay couple was shown the door because of the baker’s “beliefs.” Now they are whining about “harassment” like little whooses.
Today El Caudillo took time out of his busy schedule to attack the Red Hen Restaurant (which he has never visited) in rural Virginia in a twitter storm:
“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”
I presume the President of the United States of America will soon be posting restaurant reviews on Yelp.
P.S. – For you “youngans” out there, Old Lester was elected as the 75th Governor of the Great State of Georgia in 1967.
P.P.S. – Pam Bondi, the Attorney General here in Florida went to the movies with her boyfriend to see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the flick about Mr. Rogers here in Tampa this past weekend. She is a strong Trump ally here in the state. She was met by heckling men and women and had to be rescued by the state police./