- October 28th, 2015
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Margaritas are good. Especially when they are made correctly. There’s so many flavors to choose from. Apparently, in Athens, GA. A Confederate-themed bar called General Beauregard has a not so politically correct flavor that contains watermelon.
Reportedly, there was a staffer who went to make copies of the bartenders’ recipe sheet at a local print shop. It was here that an employee who was assisting the bar employee noticed a drink called a Niggerita. Taken aback, the employee snapped a photo and uploaded it online. The post was taken down no too long after, but not soon enough for the photo to go viral. The establishment issued a statement, of course denying that such a drink exists.
The true fact remains that there are places, not only in the south but other places as well, where this type of racial insensitivity is the norm. It doesn’t help that the bar is Confederate-themed. That’s why it is almost comical to me when people act as if we are crying over nothing when we say that there is still racism alive and active in America. It’s laughable that things like this happen and our concern receives little recognition. Quite honestly, if the drink had been called some sort of gay slur the bar would probably be shut down by now. It just puts our existence in perspective.
How Do We Ignore Racism?
It feels, sometimes, as though we have become immune to racism. The Niggerita is a sly attempt at humor at best and in no way comparable to innocent black lives being taken by overzealous law enforcement , but it is a small reminder of how America views our race. So do you shut down the bar because they have a racially insensitively named drink, which they adamantly deny? Or, do you carry on as if nothing happened because we don’t expect much more than these types of antics, especially down south? It’s an interesting and difficult question to answer. In fact it is a question we have been trying to answer since our existence. Perhaps that is why we are still dealing with it. Catch ya’ on the FLIPSIDE.