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Old 10-19-2006, 09:18 AM   #1
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Chris Rock's Mom Vs Cracker Barrel Restaurant

Maybe if they knew she was his mother they would have been in a hurry to serve her-oops, now it's getting so much publicity. I can't believe things like that still happen in 2006, it's scary.


http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/....discrimin.ap/

Rose Rock, the mother of comedian Chris Rock, claims she was racially discriminated against when she was seated but ignored for a half hour at a Cracker Barrel restaurant along the South Carolina coast.

Rock said Tuesday she planned to sue the Lebanon, Tennessee-based company. A Cracker Barrel spokeswoman said the restaurant chain was investigating and taking the complaint "very seriously."

Cracker Barrel has in the past faced numerous lawsuits and a federal inquiry over complaints of refusing to serve black customers, discriminating against minority workers and firing gay employees. The company has taken steps to rebuild its folksy image and reach out to minorities.

Rock, who is from Georgetown, said she and her 21-year-old daughter were the only blacks at the chain's Murrells Inlet restaurant in April.
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I've recently been to a Cracker Barrel. They were serving African Americans in the one I was in. They have been on the wrong side of the gay rights controversy. I'm not a big believer in boycotts because they basically don't accomplish anything.
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I have been seated before and forgotten about. How is she certain this isn't the case? According to the article, after the manager was notified they had been waiting he offered to comp the meal but they declined. How is this a case of discrimination and not being overlooked?
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I just did a quick Google and found this from 2004

http://www.usatoday.com/money/compan...r-barrel_x.htm

"When she picked up a doll, as shoppers do, the saleswoman took it from her and put it back on the shelf. The same thing happened with a greeting card. When Wise looked around, she noticed a white patron touching merchandise freely — without supervision.

The Rev. Henry Harris, 55, also African-American, says that at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Arkansas two years ago, he and his family watched for 35 minutes as white diners in parties of the same size who arrived after him were escorted to tables. He wound up in the smoking section "with other African-American patrons," even though he had requested non-smoking and tables were open there. When he appealed to a manager, he "politely looked at me and said if we were dissatisfied ... there was a Burger King" around the corner.

John Joseph Hargrove, 57, who is white, visited a Cracker Barrel in midafternoon in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., in 1998 with his wife and their adopted biracial son, Deon, who was 4.

Hargrove says they waited 45 minutes and were never served, even as others who arrived after them received food. "It was flagrant. ... Those people discriminated against me, my wife and my little boy," he says.

Experiences like theirs were not aberrations, the Justice Department said this week in a lawsuit against Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, whose 497 restaurants and gift shops are familiar sights near interstates in much of the country.

The government said its investigations showed that Cracker Barrel segregated customers by race; allowed white servers to refuse to wait on African-American customers; and seated or served white customers before seating or serving similarly situated African-American customers. Justice further alleged that, in many cases, managers directed, participated or acquiesced in those practices. "

Some more info about Rose Rock's incident

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansas...s/15792777.htm
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I've recently been to a Cracker Barrel. They were serving African Americans in the one I was in.


well,
that is really something

the few times I have been to Cracker Barrel they were mostly serving pancakes and cheeseburgers
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what gets overlooked is the name of the restaurant is offensive to white people
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what gets overlooked is the name of the restaurant is offensive to white people
True, "cracker" is a term of derision for white men from Georgia and Florida. My own dad is a Florida cracker.
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I'm not sure what happened there.. but I can say - myself and co-worker's dined at the Cracker Barrel here in the deep south of Alabama - on almost a weekly basis. This was over the course of (5) years.
I seriously never noticed anything wrong. My server's were diverse enough to not throw up any red flags and I dined next to all races, as far as I could see - and believe me, if this was happening in a place I was going to, I would have noticed.
Howerver, that was over 2 years ago, so I can't say what's happening now.
But with all due respect they have the best down-home southern dishes that rivaled even what I could cook.
and I can cook, baby..
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Not sure if one racist bastard (or group of racist bastards) in one particular Cracker Barrel indicates that the whole chain is a bastion of racism...though it's interesting that they did come under fire for discrimination in the past.

You'd think they'd have learned...and after Denny's had the same issues before also.
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Not sure if one racist bastard (or group of racist bastards) in one particular Cracker Barrel indicates that the whole chain is a bastion of racism...though it's interesting that they did come under fire for discrimination in the past.

You'd think they'd have learned...and after Denny's had the same issues before also.
How can you jump and say this is a case of racism by a racist employee? Who hasn't been to a restaurant and had bad service or been ignored? Waiters are capable of forgetting. I've been to Friendlies and been completely ignored and I didn't view it as racism.
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How can you jump and say this is a case of racism by a racist employee? Who hasn't been to a restaurant and had bad service or been ignored? Waiters are capable of forgetting. I've been to Friendlies and been completely ignored and I didn't view it as racism.
I agree. I've had plenty of bad service, hopefully for Rock's mom there's more to the story.
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So hopefully it was racism
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So hopefully it was racism
No, I just hope for her sake there's more to the claim...
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Is it somehow better to be a victim of discrimination than one of lax service?
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Well I'd say when you are the only African American (s) in a restaurant, and that happens to you-the natural tendency would be to believe it's racism. I wouldn't blame them at all for feeling that way, and as a white person I've never experienced that so I have no idea what it's like. Perhaps Mrs. Rock was also aware of their history-so that combined with her experience made her arrive at the conclusion that it was racist. I would imagine that when you are a minority you experience racism so often that you are inclined to believe it exists more than you are not inclined.
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