Sometimes, purely by chance, the seating at a restaurant will look like it’s segregated by race. Here’s a story, promoted by Microsoft News, that illustrates this fact:
‘We was all thinking it so I asked’: Customer confronts Olive Garden worker for allegedly seating Black customers on one side of restaurant
A TikToker recorded themselves confronting a restaurant hostess for the seating arrangement at an Olive Garden. User Shon (@shonti2funny) says that customers were being grouped by the color of their skin in the location, and asked the hostess why black customers were seated in one area of the restaurant away from other diners with a different skin complexion.
The hostess in the video denied that the seating arrangements were intentional and even showed Shon the software used by the Olive Garden to determine seating for patrons throughout their discussion, which culminated in Shon and her friend laughing about the incident.
The video begins with Shon walking through an Olive Garden and recording the diners seated in the restaurant. A text overlay reads, “So me and my friend went to Olive Garden and the host sat all the black ppl on one side and all the white ppl on another side.
The clip then transitions to the TikToker outside of the restaurant, who then decides to walk back in and address the issue with the hostess. Another overlay reads, “So I decided to go back in and say sumn to her.”
Shon approaches a woman and asks her why all of the black customers were put on one side of the establishment. She appears confused by the statement and Shon walks her to the dining area in order to demonstrate what he’s referring to.
“Oh I didn’t know that,” she says as she gestures toward the seated guests. The hostess then leads Shon back to her workstation, saying, “I’ll show you on the computer you can come,” before adding that she’s serving the tables “equally” as the person recording the incident laughs off camera.
How many customers, in a similar situation, would have taken the initiative to politely ask about this? How many would have recorded the incident, and how many would have sent the footage to a new organization?
Situations like this occur every day, and probably 90% of non-Whites simply assume it’s “racism at work,” and they then claim that they “see anti-black racism every day.”