Black Barista Nilson Dos Santos Finds Work After Being Refused Job at Darlinghurst Cafe

Michael Koziol, Sydney Morning Herald, August 28, 2014

It’s an outcome that might be called karma. The cafe owner who refused to employ a black man has closed his business; the man he wouldn’t hire has found full-time work.

Nilson Dos Santos, 37, made international news last week when he was denied a job at Darlinghurst cafe Forbes & Burton because he was black.

“My customers are white and they don’t like to have black people making coffee for them,” owner Steven He told him.

Now Mr Dos Santos has found work at a less discriminatory employer, taking a barista job at Taylor Square bar and cafe Coco Cubano. {snip}


Mr Dos Santos is Brazilian but has worked as a barista in Australia for nine years. He was out of full-time work for three months and struggling with bills when he was rejected by the Forbes & Burton cafe. When he told customers what had just happened, some walked out immediately, joined by a member of staff.

Since the news broke, Mr Dos Santos has had about 40 job offers from cafes all over the city.


Forbes & Burton has now apparently closed and Mr Dos Santos wants to help its former staff members find employment.

“I just felt really, really sad because I keep stopping [to] think about how many people lost their jobs,” he said. “I just broke down and cried because I was really emotional about it.”

Coco Cubano manager Steve Sosah said he was happy to have Mr Dos Santos join his team, which welcomed all-comers.

“Nilson’s got such a great and positive energy,” he said. “It’s all about bringing your own personality to the table, no matter who you are. At the end of the day, we’re all human beings.”


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  • IstvanIN

    I drive a little extra to shop at a supermarket that has mostly white staff AND customers. When will most of us support us?

    • willbest

      Its probably stocked by Mexicans, and the food is coming from places like Tyson which employ illegals by the thousands.

      6 months a year we get our produce from the farmers’ market, and CSA. We buy half cows/pigs from local farmers as well. Still have to supplement with corporate produce during the winter. Its still far better than eating processed box food.

  • glennm

    hire a black thing, you will regret it

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Been there done that. Silly silly me. It was easier to get rid of an infestation of bed bugs. You can’t win – show some compassion and they’ll take advantage. Take action against them et voila you could be in front of a judge. So, yes Glenn, you are exactly right. My disclaimer? I fell for the sob story and thought I had struck a ” good one”. Much like the Loch Ness monster – a thing of fairytale.

  • IKUredux

    Mr. Dos Santos lost a job with Mr. He and got hired by Mr. Sosah. Does that pretty much sum up White Western Civilization (or what’s left of it) or what?

    • Frank_DeScushin

      Don’t forget the part about white Liberals trying so hard for the world to see them as non-racist that they offered the black guy numerous job opportunities and boycotted the original coffee shop. White Liberals would waste a second offering Dos Santos a job if he was a white guy because there would be no benefit, in their warped mind, of broadcasting to the world that they’re not racist. These same white Liberals would also never boycott a black owned business that hires almost exclusively blacks or an Asian owned business that hires almost exclusively Asians (even though that’s exactly what many minority owned businesses do.)

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        The sad thing is that if the guy had actually hired the black man, those same self righteous whites would have stopped going there. They themselves are racist to the bone until they can attack someone else for being raciss®.


  • none of your business

    Californians would starve to death if we tried to find a White supermarket clerk. Not able to pay $2.00 a piece for oranges I don’t go to Farmer’s markets because all the produce is grown and picked by illegals as well as the price.

  • bigbanana

    The would be employer is a Chinese guy who has only been in Australia a short time .
    Must admit that I rather enjoy these racial disagreements between non whites . Neither seem to be Australian citizens

    • Lagerstrom

      Yep, I love it.

  • LHathaway

    “Mr Dos Santos has had about 40 job offers from cafes all over the city”

    That’s weird, because I know when say, for instance, I approach a pretty girl at a club, and get brushed off, other girls who have witnessed this would likely follow this same pattern. I don’t normally find being told no to be conducive to other offers. That’s just my experience.

  • Lagerstrom

    Horray! Why did the article fail to point out that the ‘Descriminator’ (Mr He) was Asian?

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Because the media wants you to perceive that all racism is done by whites or in white countries. You never see stories about other countries being racists against whites.


      • Lagerstrom

        Cheers from ‘Down Under’ mate! Yeah, down here we’re all a bunch of racist barr-starrds. Especially that Mr He.

  • Michigan Patriot

    More racial lies, so what else is new ?

  • Gus Baker

    Why would this employer openly admit he didn’t hire him because he was black? Why not just make something up, it’s not hard. This Steven guy is probably the dumbest person on the planet.

  • none of your business

    If the shop closed a week later obviously the owner was not taking on new staff. He probably told Dos Santos he had no openings. Dos Santos took it to the Aussie version of the EEOC and cried discrimination.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      That makes more sense. Do-gooders don’t tip very well.


  • Paleoconn

    I usually try to avoid the supermarket checkout line manned by a black. But sometimes, by doing so I end up behind a black customer which can be worse.