Detroit Checker Bar hosts race chat after employee-customer incident
DETROIT – A discussion about the race will take place later this month at the Checker Bar in downtown Detroit after an incident between an employee and a customer.
“He started arguing with one of my other friends and it turned into a really big situation,” said Wendall Fleming. “He called her a word I can’t repeat now.”
Fleming said he was at the Checker Bar with friends in June when there was a problem with a bartender. He posted about the incident on social media and the employee was fired.
“That’s when we did our due diligence – follow up, let the employee go the next day,” said Matthew Pollard, director of operations at Grand Trunk Hospitality Group.
Fleming decided the incident was the perfect opportunity to open up a broader discussion about the breed.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to explore this more deeply,” he said.
So Fleming contacted Charity Dean, the director of the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Office in Detroit.
“Wendell really said he wanted to have a serious conversation about the breed,” Dean said.
Let’s Talk About Race, a discussion centered on the history and roots of racial discrimination in Detroit, will be held at the bar.
“I don’t expect the world to change overnight, of course, but I can’t wait for everyone to start coming together,” Fleming said.
Let’s Talk Race takes place on November 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Checker Bar at 124 Cadillac Place.
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