Hat tip: Euromight
A cafe owner has put up a sign telling customers she is black because she is fed up with people walking out when they see the colour of her skin.
The sign on the door of Yeanon Cafe in Ossett, West Yorkshire, reads: “I am a black woman… If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in.”
Martha-Renee Kolleh said some people
“take a look at me and walk out”.
Local councillor Tony Richardson said he was “shocked” as he did not believe racism was widespread in the town.
A spokesman for Wakefield Council said it was “obviously concerned” by the issue which it had not been made aware of before.”I would urge the business involved to get in touch with us as soon as possible,” the spokesman added.
Figures for ethnicity from the 2011 Census show that of Ossett’s population of 16,116, 97.5% (15,724) were recorded as white.
Ms Kolleh said the reaction to the sign, which adds that the cafe serves “quality wholesome meals”, had been mixed.
“Some people find it amusing, they were laughing and said ‘oh yes it’s about time you put that up’, so I think they all realise what’s going on here,”
“And some others just read it and walk away. I’ve heard one or two swear words as well regarding the notice.”
The single mother-of-three has run the cafe for two years, serving a mixture of British, African and Caribbean food.