May 8, 2015

It's just what all those poor white people need. A day they can be appreciated. In a Milliken, Colorado restaurant, two owners jokingly suggested a day white people can get preferential treatment too.

What started as a joke is now on the calendar. Edgar Antillon and Miguel Jimenez recently purchased Rubbin Buttz BBQ on Broad Street. On June 11, they plan to offer a 10 percent discount to all white customers and no one else.

He hopes it will "bring people together."

Antillon argues: "We have a whole month for Black History Month... We have a whole month for Hispanic Heritage Month, so we thought the least we could do was offer one day to appreciate white Americans." However, those months were created to raise awareness for under-represented subsets of the population. During those months, no one receives discounts or special treatment due to the color of their skin or their heritage. If anything, restaurants have come under fire for offering controversial Black History Month menus

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The owner hopes that opening up the discussion will prompt others to think differently about race. How'd that let's start a conversation about race at Starbucks work out for them?

It's probably not the best idea for Hispanic owners to encourage, unknowingly or not, the White Supremacy movement in Colorado. There has been a surge of Ku Klux Klan groups since the election of President Obama, as noted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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