Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The President calling on cops to admit they’re racist and the Pioneer Press article on racial disparity in regional park use gave me an inspiration: I plan to spend the weekend observing the customers at Big Daddy’s BBQ at Dale and University. I strongly suspect that although the percentage of Black people in the United States is only 15%, the percentage of Black customers at a BBQ joint in the heart of a predominantly Black neighborhood will be significantly higher.
In the past, I would have said “Well, duh, it’s the local joint and they have award-winning food so why wouldn’t locals go there” but now that I’ve been educated about disparate impact, I can see it’s a clear case of institutional racism against White people. I intend to protest this hateful practice until I get my order free.
I’m having the half-rack of Beef ribs with collard greens and cornbread. Wanna join me?
I’m in. See you there.
It reminds me of a story – quite possibly apocryphal – from North Dakota. Back in the eighties, the Pentagon noted that roughly half of one percent of the population in North Dakota was black. They sent a letter fo the North Dakota National Guard tellling them to take care that at least 1/2 of one percent of the NDNG were African-American – including officers and NCOs.
As the story goes, the state’s adjutant general wrote back, telling the Pentagon that the overwhelming majority of African-Americans in North Dakota were either college students, and thus only temporary residents, or already members of the United States Air Force and stationed in Minot or Grand Forks, and there really weren’t any eligible blacks to recruit.
Not out of institutional racism – but because at the time no black people lived there.