Joe’s Crab Shack Apologizes For Racially Insensitive Photo On Their Table
Joe’s Crab Shack is in hot water over a picture of a African American male being lynched is used as a decoration on their table. USA Today reports Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen were at the Roseville Minnesota restaurant on Wednesday (March 15) when they noticed the photo on the table.
The picture is described as a group of white people viewing a lynching of an African American male. The picture reads on the bottom: “Hanging at Grosebeck, Texas, on April 12th, 1895”. However, the most disturbing caption at the top reads “All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo.”
Tyrone posted this to his Facebook account which got the attention of the Minneapolis NAACP, and Black Lives Matter. The President of the Minneapolis NAACP Nekima Levy-Pounds said is a statement:
The incident demonstrates that racism is still alive and well in this country. It is sickening to know that someone would make a mockery of black men being savagely lynched and then use that imagery for decorative purposes in a restaurant.
The table has been removed and the COO of Ignite Restaurant Group David Catalano the parent company of Joe’s Crab Shack issued a statement:
We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image and we look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community.