NEW ORLEANS— A NOLA restaurant is facing backlash after the owner decided to charge white customers more than black customers in the name of wealth redistribution.
One of the many pop up restaurants in the Roux Carre Market is opening a month long pop up restaurant where white patrons are being asked to pay $30 and black customers are asked to pay $12.
The $18 difference will then be issued to the black customers.
According to NPR, the price difference is said to be a social experiment to shine emphasis on the income difference between the two races. In New Orleans the median income for African American households is $25,806. It’s $64,377 for white households.
“When I tell black folks what’s happening, 90 percent of them start laughing, like, ‘For real?’ They’re tickled,” Chef Tunde Wey told The Washington Post. “White folks,– there’s this blank–,” he said amid laughter, “—this blank look. They’re like, ‘Huh, okay.’”
The listed price for food at a New Orleans pop-up stall is $12. But white customers are asked whether they want to pay $30.
The owners says it's to reflect the city's income disparity. https://t.co/byTH15sAn2
— NPR (@NPR) March 5, 2018
The name of the pop up Saartj, is also taking some heat after one Twitter user posted its relationship to the famous slave Sara “Saartjie” Baartman who was placed on display, and presented as a freak throughout Europe in the 19th century.
The food stall — called Saartj, a reference to a 19th-century black South African woman infamously paraded as a "freak show" in Europe — will be open through Sunday, though the data collection part of the experiment is now over. https://t.co/d73kVBAAkw
— Kee Hinckley (@nazgul) March 4, 2018
The social media reactions have been mixed with some calling out the restaurant for reverse racism and others praising Wey for for sparking a much needed conversation.
‘Underestimated the effects of social pressure’. And his business is called Saartj. Damn! This man is incredibly brilliant. Good article and experiment. I’d like to see this go national. #sundayworld https://t.co/gPSyAejVAk
— Claudia Reyes-Hilton (@CorinaRey) March 4, 2018
Boycott SAARTJ of New Orleans for their Black Racist Social Experiment in practice of his is a Liberal Illusion and Racist. Whites should not visit this Restaurant. https://t.co/VP5h2IhPaE . Capitalizing on White customers to give Blacks a free meal + $18 isn't helping anyone.
— Punisher789🔫 (@Davyou5) March 3, 2018
#TundeWey is an absolute #ConMan (just like a lot of #Nigerians). If the opposite happened, #BlackLIESMatter would want to burn #NewOrleans down! #Saartj is a sham of a restaurant and NOBODY (regardless of race) should give his #BASTARD one penny of their business!
— Señor Santiago (@CitizenSantiago) March 5, 2018
A look at Saartj, a lunch experiment in New Orleans that brings together food and a conversation on the history of #wealthinequality in America, #theracialwealthgap, charity and wealth redistribution. https://t.co/9hO3T7sp0w
— Natasha McKenna (@NatashaMcKenna) March 1, 2018
Then they ought to just put up the sign 'NO WHITES WELCOME HERE" ! That is what this Restaurant Saartj is saying!
— Ruthie S. (@Deogratias93) March 7, 2018