Joe’s Crab Shack Under Fire for Using Lynching Photo as Tabletop Decor

Joe's Crab Shack Under Fire for Using Image of a Lynching as Interior Decor (PHOTO CREDIT: Tyrone Williams via facebook)
Joe’s Crab Shack Under Fire for Using Image of a Lynching as Interior Decor (PHOTO CREDIT: Tyrone Williams via facebook)

Casual seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack is on the receiving end of some extremely bad publicity this week, and it’s well-deserved: A couple who visited a Minneapolis-area location recently were shocked and disgusted to find a photo of a lynching displayed on one of the restaurant’s tables, reports CBS Minnesota.

Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen sat down at a Joe’s in Roseville, Minn. when they discovered the decorative tabletop had a picture embedded in it “that depicted two black men being lynched by a white mob, with the caption next to one of the victims that read, ‘All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo.'” According to CBS, the couple did some brief research while still at the restaurant and found that the photo depicted a real-life lynching that occurred back in 1896. They spoke to the restaurant’s manager, who apologized but also said that it was likely other restaurants had similar tables.

In a press release issued yesterday by the Minneapolis arm of the NAACP, chapter president Nekima Levy-Pounds said, “This disturbing incident that occurred at Joe’s Crab Shack, demonstrates that racism is still alive and well in this country. It is sickening to know that someone would make a mockery of black men being savagely lynched and then use that imagery for decorative purposes in a restaurant. We demand accountability of Joe’s Crab Shack for allowing racist material to appear in its restaurants. This is completely unacceptable.”

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SOURCE: Eater, Whitney Filloon