Kevin Massey and Whitney Wild, 9 News, May 8, 2015
The Hispanic owners of a barbecue restaurant in Milliken say they plan to host a “White Appreciation Day” in June.
What started as a joke is now on the calendar. Edgar Antillon and Miguel Jimenez recently purchased Rubbin Buttz BBQ on Broad Street. On June 11, they plan to offer a 10-percent discount to all white customers, and no one else.
“We have a whole month for Black History Month,” Antillon said. “We have a whole month for Hispanic Heritage Month, so we thought the least we could do was offer one day to appreciate white Americans.”
Antillon says the discount isn’t meant to discriminate, but instead bring people together. He added that he has been the target of racism in the past. He hopes opening up the discussion will prompt others to think differently about race.
“We’re all American, whether you came from a different country, or you were born here,” Antillon said. “We’re all American.”