Activist group “Never 21” lay siege on high-end Manhattan restaurant; the 21 Club, reminding some of the nations wealthiest of the socially sick systems, structures and institutions sponsored by white hegemony.
Dressed up as waiters, the group entered the 21 Club and went from table to table with menus that bore the names of Tamir Rice (12) and Trayvon Martin (17), and many other Afrikan men, women and children who have become victims of the systemic oppression instituted by corporate America, capitalism and white fright.
the restaurant, filled entirely with white patrons, didn’t exactly get on board.
One diner reportedly threw his menu down saying, “I’m not racist. I don’t need this.” Another diner, in very bad taste “ordered” the “VonDerritt Myers Jr” – the name of an 18-year-old who was shot by police in Missouri last year.
In an interview with Hyperallergic, the group explained what they were trying to achieve:
“To us, both of these companies [Forever 21 and the 21 Club] serve as representations of corporate white America — our target audience. We aim to make these spaces slightly confrontational. This way they are forced to encounter these issues face on, outside of the comfort of their homes, in front of their television and computer screens.”
While some may not appreciate this sort of activism, I do. There is a place for all people, using all means, to stand up and speak out about injustice and evil. I applaud this group and look forward to them continuing to shed the light on the Afrikan plight by making wealthy people of all colors uncomfortable. It’s noble to question yourself and your philanthropic efforts as it relates to the world at large. It’s even more noble to act.