The Loudmouth Protestant

October 8, 2007

Should We Get Over It?

Filed under: life,race — nickisym @ 1:21 am

Prior to heading to the Rue 57 a friend and I had a run-in with a rude hostess at Sarabeth’s. Upon entering the restaurant, the young lady–whose name I wish I asked for–looked annoyed at our presence. We asked for a table for two to which she grabbed the menus without saying a word and lead us to a table. When we arrived at our table she dropped the menus on the tabletop and walked away without saying a word.

After we got over the shock of her absolute rudeness we realized that our table was situated right in front of the swinging doors of the kitchen. We were not pleased with our table, so I walked to the front to ask the hostess to sit us at another table to which she fulfilled our request with disdain only to move us to another table in the corner that was an obstruction to the walk way. Not only was the table in a bad place but again the hostess threw the menu down on the table.

At this point my friend and I were livid so we got up and left the establishment–by the grace of God the hostess wasn’t at her station so I didn’t get to give her a verbal lashing. But this situation begged the question:

Are black people overly sensitve about restaurant seating and treatment in restaurants?

I know there have been many times when I have been seated near a restroom or kitchen and I immediately asked to be moved. There have been other times when I have been seated in those same places with other black people with me and they pay no attention to the fact that we were seated in such questionable areas. So I wonder, are we taking our seating too seriously? Do we stop crying “It’s because we’re black,” or do we continue to speak up for what we feel like is seating discrimination? Do people of other races take offense to questionable seating? Questions…


1 Comment »

  1. i think were entitled to our sensetivities. but i think we have to monitor how we react to situations. if we react irrationally we will not be taken seriously. then well be treated as irrational people.

    i think we should stand up to seating to seating discrimination. the bad table is available probably because no one else wanted to sit at that. we should not have to settle for something that no one else wants.

    im sure the hostess would not have ushered a neighbor to that table. and im sure she would not have treated them the way you were treated. if she did act that way towards a neighbor, they would have demanded better treatment. its not even about being treated the same. its about being treated with respect.

    we shold not be self-conscious about demanding respect.

    Comment by Jay — October 8, 2007 @ 10:13 am | Reply

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