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Black woman blames racism for failed UK restaurant, gets INTERNATIONAL publicity


A Liberian immigrant opened a restaurant in the UK. When the restaurant was unsuccessful she blamed “racism.” The British media gave her national publicity. She has even featured on the front page of the UK Metro News. Now NBC is giving her international publicity by airing the story in the USA.

Is this a story that really warrants international publicity? You be the judge.

Are customers turned off by Martha’s skin color? Or are they turned off by her personality?

From NBC World News…

A diner owner has triggered soul-searching about racism in Britain after putting up a sign informing customers she is black and doesn’t “bite.”

Martha-Renee Kolleh, 46, said she was so fed up with people walking out of her restaurant when they spotted the color of her skin that she put up the notice in the establishment’s door last week.

“I am a black woman and always will be,” it reads. “If you are allergic to black people don’t come in. But if you prefer quality wholesome meals come in. I don’t bite!”

The mother of three said as one family of potential patrons turned around to leave her Yeanon Café in Wakefield, Yorkshire, she heard them say: “I think we’re in the wrong place.”

“I thought I’ll just put this there and then they don’t have to look at me and go, ‘oh no, this is a black woman,’” she said. “My children and I were joking about it.”

Kolleh, who moved to Britain 11 years ago to escape the war-torn west African republic of Liberia, admitted she was trying to make a serious point about racism in the small town in northern England.

“My frustration built up over a long amount of time,” she said. “It upsets me. I don’t want to move. I just want them to accept me for who I am and give me a try. I mean if they say the food is not good enough, fair enough, but I think that a lot of the time they are leaving because of racial prejudice.”

 

UKMETRO