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Trump Officials Donít Deserve Hospitality
Eater ^ | June 25, 2018 | Amy McCarthy

Posted on 06/27/2018 11:04:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Restaurants have no obligation to serve agents of mass human suffering

Last week, restaurants once again served as a battleground in the culture wars, igniting a debate over how Trump administration officials should be treated in public. It started when Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was jeered at MXDC Cocina Mexicana, a D.C. Mexican restaurant, in the wake of the administration’s extreme immigration policies. Days later, it came to light that senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, the architect of the government’s family separation policy and genuinely Bad Person, was called a fascist and heckled by his fellow diners while eating at Espita Mezcaleria in D.C., also a Mexican restaurant. The controversy reached critical mass when, over the weekend, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, mid-dinner because she made the staff uncomfortable.

These moments of everyday protest have come under intense scrutiny from both the right-wing blogosphere and mainstream media outlets, with conservatives blasting the hecklers and restaurant owners for being “bullies,” while liberals and moderates wring their hands over whether or not progressives should “lower” themselves to tactics used by Trump and his administration. “We nonetheless would argue that Ms. Huckabee, and Ms. Nielsen and Mr. Miller, too, should be allowed to eat dinner in peace,” wrote the Washington Post’s editorial board over the weekend. “Down that road lies a world in which only the most zealous sign up for public service. That benefits no one.”

The misguided debate over civility in the face of extreme depravity — this is an administration that has ripped children from the arms of their mothers, is working to gut the social safety net, and has encouraged rampant environmental destruction — fails to consider that civility is frequently employed as a weapon by those in power to stifle resistance by controlling the acceptable terms of discourse. Civility demands incremental gains over radical solutions, that we debate Nazis, not punch them. How one should respond to a fascist is, in fact, not a merely theoretical concern.

Some, like California congresswoman Maxine Waters, believe that the public should take these actions one step further and harass Trump employees and supporters in all spaces. “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said at a rally over the weekend.

Some posit that being discourteous will somehow make them less likely to “come around to our side.” But would they have anyway? Is sitting down to a plate of fajitas somehow going to make Kirstjen Nielsen — who, as the head of the DHS, has been instrumental to what can be described, without hyperbole, as ICE’s reign of terror — recognize that immigrants are humans? The idea that the right platter of queso fundido, served with a smile, could convince Nielsen to stop enforcing the administration’s inhumane policies feels naive at best.

It’s not a little curious to argue that an administration that has completely shattered countless norms surrounding political discourse and basic decency, or that people who dehumanize others, are owed civility, to say nothing of the right to hospitality — the very thing they are so committed to denying to other people. The prevailing, Danny Meyer-style approach to hospitality in the restaurant industry— “enlightened hospitality” — makes room for not serving people who are actively engaged in harming others; it encourages restaurateurs to consider how their overall product makes a customer feel, and to build a culture that empowers their employees. What kind of hospitality is owed to a fascist in your restaurant? On the other hand, is it hospitable for a restaurant owner to subject her immigrant employees to a person who refers to immigrants as an “infestation,” as Trump has?

Any notion of hospitality that prioritizes the hurt feelings of officials who wield enormous instruments of cruelty over workers, patrons, and the community at large is not a hospitality worth defending. “The customer is not always right. While the customer is not always right, he/she must always feel heard,” Meyer said in an interview with Serious Eats. And everyone hears this administration loud and clear. If the Trump administration’s policies are inhumane, why should we offer its agents comfort in spaces that are designed to explicitly showcase the cultures they despise?

For most restaurant owners, to kick someone out of their place of business is a deeply considered decision; as hospitality experts, many profoundly believe that their restaurant is a place for all to gather and break bread. But how can a space be open and welcoming to all if it invites people who are the antithesis of those values? And for people who worry that these decisions are made hastily or without care, there’s little incentive for restaurateurs to do that — thanks in no small part to the flood of death threats and conspiracy theories that they’ll receive.

There is a fundamental difference in refusing to serve someone who is actively involved in the creation of mass suffering and declining to bake a cake for someone because of their sexuality. There are no anti-discrimination laws that protect bigots, and there is no constitutionally protected right to discriminate against an entire category of people. This is fundamentally an issue of our morals — there is nothing morally wrong with shouting “SHAME” at a woman like Nielsen. Why should she be allowed to dine peacefully while ICE agents and Border Patrol officials terrorize people seeking asylum at our borders?

Restaurants are inherently political places, so it makes sense that an intensely political issue like immigration would also end up at the feet of line cooks and servers. The industry would completely collapse without the labor of immigrants, who pick the produce, cook the food, wash the dishes, serve the meals, and own many of the restaurants that make neighborhoods across the country vibrant. Every single layer of this industry — from the purveyors to the linens companies to the cooks in the kitchen — is reliant on immigrants and their work. And the immigrants who almost assuredly work in restaurants like Espita Mezcaleria certainly should not be required to politely serve a man like Stephen Miller, who has worked for years on plans like family separation to serve as a “deterrent” against families who need to seek asylum in the United States.

From the lunch counter sit-ins of the 1960s to current-day vegan groups that stage elaborate demonstrations in protest of the consumption of meat, restaurants have long been a site of resistance, and public shaming is a powerful motivator, one with a deep history in this country. Union organizers have long used public shaming, or corporate campaigns, to force better deals for the workers they represent and encourage companies to do right by their employees. Environmentalists and anti-globalists also have an extensive history of successfully employing these tactics, used in campaigns to fight social ills like deforestation and child labor.

The fraught politics of the American restaurant make it a reasonable place to address how we respond to the presence of people who pursue the dehumanization of others. Without picking up a sign or marching in the streets, restaurant owners who feel strongly about this administration’s policies should be free to make a statement in support of their employees, their patrons, and basic human decency by saying, “No, we will not serve you.”

Let them eat cake, but only if they bake it at home.


TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: civility; huckabee; immigration; lovetrumpshate; redhen; trump
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1 posted on 06/27/2018 11:04:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Restaurants have no obligation to serve agents of mass human suffering


Two weeks ago it was “just bake the damn cake.” How quickly things change when it is the Left that is getting some of its own medicine.


2 posted on 06/27/2018 11:07:56 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So they want to treat us like nazi’s did to the Jews in the beginning and still want us to be nice and pick a leftie for the soon vacant SC seat?


3 posted on 06/27/2018 11:12:07 PM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

The German/European Jews didn’t possess millions of firearms and trillions of rounds of ammunition, right?


4 posted on 06/27/2018 11:14:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They dont understand they themselves can also be viewed this way by the other side to them.

The fact our side didnt do this under 8 years of an ineligible socialist foreigner as president, shows we are the more civil side.

Do they really think we are going to put up with this? Even being falsely portrayed as this?


5 posted on 06/27/2018 11:15:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shiite!

Get back to me when you want to have a conversation for freezing facts and adult discourse


6 posted on 06/27/2018 11:18:41 PM PDT by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://youtu.be/wH-pk2vZGw2M)
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To: knighthawk
I just want it posted in large letters on the door....and also, they must put it on all their advertisement...

I don't want to spend one cent on them nor waste one minute in their establishments....

7 posted on 06/27/2018 11:24:53 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Secret Agent Man

“They dont understand they themselves can also be viewed this way by the other side to them.”

Back in the nineties, I got kicked off a liberal Catholic site for writing this:

After a hundred million innocent dead in the twentieth century, no liberal is entitled to the slightest consideration, courtesy, or civility. Liberals should be reviled, abominated, spat upon, even beaten, whenever they have the gall to show their faces in the presence of decent people.


8 posted on 06/27/2018 11:34:52 PM PDT by dsc (Our system of government cannot survive one-party control of communications.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

leftards and their moronic libtard minions havent a clue how that will be turned on them.

who was who said something about leftards bringing knives to a gun fight ???


9 posted on 06/27/2018 11:41:23 PM PDT by elbook
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Amy McCarthy - Dallas and Houston food writer.

Figures. Another leftist “holier than thou” POS. She’ll be long forgotten in the history of America, and the sooner, the better.


10 posted on 06/27/2018 11:43:26 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“agents of mass human suffering”

Rejecting the premise.

The children are not suffering. They have a comfortable bed - not sleeping on the floor. They have balanced meals. They are being protected and are safe.


11 posted on 06/27/2018 11:45:50 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: cherry

[ I just want it posted in large letters on the door....and also, they must put it on all their advertisement...

I don’t want to spend one cent on them nor waste one minute in their establishments.... ]

Go Door to Door selling them signs to put up in their windows saying

“This business retains the right to refuse service to Trump supporters or Trump Officials”

Then take half the money for yourself and send the other half to the Donald J Trump 2020 election fund! MAGA!!!

Later sell them a “Going out of business sign”!!!


12 posted on 06/27/2018 11:47:13 PM PDT by GraceG ("Q is dead, been dead a for a while...")
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To: Secret Agent Man

These people were never told, NO.

They were told that they are entitled to everything under the sun. If asked, why? They will answer, Because.

They have been indoctrinated, from 4 or 5yrs old that they are the most important person in the world and everyone should bow to them.

They are Snowflakes. Arrogant, vicious, mean, nasty, violent, out of control, Snowflakes.

Some of this can be blamed on their parents. Almost all of it can be blamed on the education system, and the fact that it’s been taken over by these very same Leftists radicals, and to some extent, the court system.

However, as sad as it is to say, we’ve only ourselves to blame. We’ve allowed radical leftists to take over school boards and dictate policies that we all abhor, most recently, the infusion of anything muslim/islamic in our schools. Parents are threatened and chastised for daring to want some control over things.

https://www.providr.com/parents-walking-kids/

There’s an entire generation or two that are caught in this cycle.

Thank the Lord that Donald J Trump was elected.


13 posted on 06/27/2018 11:51:13 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So admitting illegals are staffing many restaurants, because legal immigrants would have no reason to be uncomfortable when members of the Trump administration came to the restaurant. Proposing that at least one reason members of the Trump administration should not be served is because that would make the illegals uncomfortable. Uncomfortable because the Trump administration is enforcing our immigration laws. Once again the dims are taking the side of illegals over our citizens.


14 posted on 06/28/2018 12:04:26 AM PDT by Tammy8 (Please be a regular supporter of Free Republic !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody read that?


15 posted on 06/28/2018 12:05:37 AM PDT by mindburglar (I missed my flight...)
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To: dsc

Were that all, a conservative one (still religious) would have done it too. God is not mocked.


16 posted on 06/28/2018 12:13:30 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can always tell a libtard site
. NO place for comments. No room for dialogue
. They speak, the public should obey.


17 posted on 06/28/2018 12:14:49 AM PDT by ZULU (MAGA)
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To: ZULU

Guess Facebook isn’t “libtard” after all.


18 posted on 06/28/2018 12:29:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I got morals too. My morality includes the notion that the butchering of small humans in the womb is a moral outrage. I’m all for shaming those who support, engage in and facilitate baby mass murder. Shame them. Shame them in restaurants. On a plane. Where and whenever. Shame these lefty hypocrites. They want war. Give em war


19 posted on 06/28/2018 1:20:45 AM PDT by Long Jon No Silver
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess I would rather they ask me to leave than spit in my food or worse...

When I was growing up, there used to be a sign that said we reserve the right to refuse service to anybody. I saw it many places... Never saw it used unless they were causing some sort of trouble though, it was never a discrimination thing to me anyway...

I would say to be legal, they should be required to post a sign in the front door as to who they will refuse service too if it is going to be allowed to be based on who I voted for or what I think/believe... That way I will know that I would prefer not to give them any of my hard earned money before even walking in the door!

I think this has worked out great so far, It was done for a reason, I would put money down that Sarah knew exactly what she was doing, too much came out already, somebody spilled the beans and cued this up... Trump recently went into attack mode instead of playing defense. This illustrated the lefts double standard and she has faced the consequences, swiftly. Looking like she might even be ran out of town by reports I am seeing.

You might feel sorry for the employees, but they started it, owner was not there, they called her...


20 posted on 06/28/2018 1:25:58 AM PDT by AzNASCARfan
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