The Cracker Barrel brand is synonymous with comfort food and southern-style hospitality, but those weren’t the takeaways of one racist black girl who ate there on Sunday. As soon as she entered the restaurant, she was horrified by what was waiting for her inside.
When social justice warrior Ijeoma Oluo visited Cracker Barrel for the first time this weekend, she immediately noticed one thing. It wasn’t the homespun country decor or the down-home friendliness of the waitstaff. Instead, Oluo scanned the room and focused her attention on the skin color of those inside it, which happened to be mostly white.
According to BizPac Review, Oluo took to Twitter to launch an unprovoked, offensive, racist attack on all of the “white folk in cowboy hats” eating at Cracker Barrel because, apparently, this made her feel unsafe. “At Cracker Barrel 4 the 1st time. Looking at the sea of white folk in cowboy hats & wondering ‘will they let my black ass walk out of here?’” she tweeted.
At Cracker Barrel 4 the 1st time. Looking at the sea of white folk in cowboy hats & wondering “will they let my black ass walk out of here?”
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) July 30, 2017
Now, most people would never have given the racial makeup of the restaurant’s customers a second thought. They would have enjoyed their biscuits and gravy in peace without worrying about whether the patrons at the surrounding tables were black, white, Asian, or what have you. But, we’re not dealing with most people.
How ironic that Oluo was concerned about whether “her black ass” would walk out of Cracker Barrel alive, just because most of the restaurant’s customers were white. Would she have felt safer amongst an all-black crowd on the Southside of Chicago or East LA? Predominantly black cities like these see murders unfold on a daily basis. Cracker Barrel, not so much.
With the rate of black-on-black crime astronomically higher than white-on-black crime, Oluo’s irrational fear of being ambushed by “white folk in cowboy hats” at Cracker Barrel is downright absurd. There is perhaps no safer place for a black person to be these days than in a room full of whites. If Oluo were smart, she’d patron Cracker Barrel more often.
However, as Twitchy reports, the good people of Twitter were quick to put Oluo in her place.
I’m thinking no one but you & a few like you noticed anyone else’s skin color.
— Tara (@TruCelt) July 30, 2017
So you’re judging people based only on how they look?
— ResistanceisFewtile (@burlyg8r) July 30, 2017
Stereotypes and bigotry are fun! (when you’re part of a protected class that’s allowed to do that) https://t.co/ClYM1fKFw7
— Modern Day Roadbeer (@TheRoadbeer) July 30, 2017
I’ve entered so many restaurants as the only white person and never thought to tweet such a racist tweet. https://t.co/BNuClMq6ti
— The Gay Trumpocrat (@PaulObrienUSA) July 30, 2017
Everything is about race, when you’re a racist. https://t.co/fyK2jnxH9E
— Populo Iratus (@cmahar3) July 30, 2017
Not only will they let your ass walk out they’ll probably hold the door open for you & treat you with more respect than you have for them! https://t.co/jAzknttgLK
— Liz Mosby (@LizMosby) July 31, 2017
Indeed, the only thing Oluo needed to “fear” was that one of cowboy hat-wearing white men at Cracker Barrel might actually hold the door open for her as she exited the restaurant. A horrifying thought for any feminist, to be sure. Still, it’s far better than getting shot or shanked, a likely scenario when the crowd is all black and wearing garb more like Trayvon Martin than John Wayne.