Wild Wing Cafe Kicks Out 25 African Americans After White Customer Felt ‘Threatened’
According to CBS affiliate WCSC-TV, Michael Brown and 24 of his family and friends were at Wild Wing Cafe celebrating his cousin’s final day in Charleston, S.C., last month when the group was suddenly told to leave.
The reason? The shift manager allegedly told Brown that a white customer felt “threatened” by his party. When one of Brown’s companions started filming the exchange, the shift manager is said to have told the group to leave.
“[That] totally alarmed all of us because we’re sitting there peaceably for two hours,” Brown told the news outlet.
Brown said that his group had waited “patiently” for two hours to get a seat at the restaurant. He took to Facebook earlier this month to express his frustration with the North Charleston establishment.
WCSC-TV reports that a representative at the chain reached out to Brown to apologize and offer a free meal for the group.
“We had a conversation,” Debra Stokes, Wild Wing Cafe’s chief marketing officer, told WCSC-TV. “It was a really good conversation… they just didn’t receive the experience that they have come to know and love.”
Thousands of people have since shared Brown’s Facebook post, and others have bombarded Wild Wing Cafe’s Facebook page with calls for a boycott.