Berkeley coffee shop, with a history of racism, forced to close

Screenshot 2018-04-21 at 08.21.34.pngA history of racism and bigotry has finally caught up with Berkeley’s famous Elmwood Cafe coffee shop.

It’s now closed.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the business was brought back into the national spotlight because of its history of blatant racism targeting African-Americans.

Normal people understand (but apparently not the journalists at the Chronicle) that the abrupt closure is the result of a recent wave of negative reviews after parallels were drawn between this month’s controversial arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks and a similar 2015 incident at Elmwood Cafe involving Bay Area personality W. Kamau Bell.

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W. Kamau Bell

You see, the Elmwood Cafe is the scene of a racist incident dating back to 2015 when Mr. Bell, who is black, said he was kicked out of the Elmwood after an employee claimed he was bothering a group of white women. Mr. Bell’s wife was among the group.

Back then, the Elmwood maintained that their employees would go through sensitivity training. According to Mr. Bell however, “the Elmwood Cafe definitely went back to business as usual.”

No kidding. The white elites in Berkeley wouldn’t have it any other way.


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