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3/12/18 7:37 PM
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A restaurant in New Orleans is hoping to raise awareness of racial wealth differences in the country by charging white customers more.


SAARTJ is a pop-up restaurant in the Louisiana city run by local Nigerian chef Tunde Wey who will be charging white customers $18 (£13) extra for their meal.

Much like the cafe in Melbourne, Australia which charged a 'man-tax' due to the gender pay gap, SAARTJ is charging an increase to highlight the racial pay gap in New Orleans.

In 2013, a study found that the average household income of an African-American in the city was 54 per cent lower than that of a white person.

Customers have two price options to choose from. Either $12 (£8.66) or the suggested price of $30 (£21.66).

As Tunde explains the standard price is available to everyone, but only white customers will be asked to consider the suggested price.

Speaking to Civil Eats he said:


The standard price was available to all customers, while the suggested price was offered to white customers.

The pricing differential represents the wage disparity between black and white households in New Orleans.

The net profit collected from sales at the suggested price was redistributed to customers of colour.


The temporary scheme only ran for a month at the venue but it proved to be successful and helped create discussions.

Around 78 per cent of white customers have chosen to pay the extra fee, which he believes comes through "positive social pressure" and the need to feel like someone is doing something to help others.

Tunde adds:


Refusing to pay more comes off as anti-social and people don’t want to be judged for that.

People look on the other side of the till and see me standing there and they’re thinking that I’m judging them.

If they couldn’t pay a higher amount, they gave a me a list of caveats why they couldn’t.


The success of the project has helped raise awareness amongst all social groups. Although he has faced some objections, it has mostly been well received.

Even black customers have offered to pay the higher price, but he insisted that it wasn't necessary for them.

You may be wondering where the extra cash is going to. Rather than going straight back into the business Tunde is hoping to redistribute back to his black customers, but he only managed to find six people who have signed up for the scheme.

However, the overall aim of the project, which concluded on March 4 was to educate people about racial wealth inequality and hope that the facts linger in their mind long after finishing their meal.


We’re told that if you work hard you’ll become wealthy—and that’s not true.

We want to provoke further thinking.


SAARTJ, which is named after the famous story of an enslaved South African who was toured around Europe in a freak show, now have another pop-up planned in Detroit, Michigan.

The restaurant will be open between April 29 and May 5 from 7pm each night.

3/12/18 7:38 PM
1/1/01
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Yeah, that’s a no from me, dog

3/12/18 7:39 PM
12/29/14
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Hard pass. Looking forward to seeing your business fail.

3/12/18 7:41 PM
11/9/17
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Smartest business move ever! Good luck with that you racist scum!

3/12/18 7:41 PM
8/12/16
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How much do Asians have to pay?  Or does their non-whiteness cancel out the fact that they make more than whites?

3/12/18 7:44 PM
9/27/14
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3/12/18 7:44 PM
12/23/08
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White guys, you know what to do...

 

 

3/12/18 7:46 PM
2/7/08
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Disgusting.
3/12/18 7:46 PM
1/7/08
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The namesake of the restaurant is Saartjie Baartman, a Khoisan/Bushman from South Africa, who was toured around Europe due to 'dat ass doe'.

https://flashbak.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Saartjie-Baartman.jpg

 

3/12/18 7:47 PM
11/19/05
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evil veiled -

The namesake of the restaurant is Saartjie Baartman, a Khoisan/Bushman from South Africa, who was toured around Europe due to 'dat ass doe'.

https://flashbak.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Saartjie-Baartman.jpg

 

So it's a revenge restaurant then? Nothing to do with racial equality?

3/12/18 7:48 PM
3/18/12
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Stay in school, don't get pregnant, and you too can make it in life.  What a joke.

Edited: 3/12/18 7:55 PM
11/19/05
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Buffer720 -

Stay in school, don't get pregnant, and you too can make it in life.  What a joke.

Stay in school, don't get preggy, be employed, don't get arrested.  Then you can join the greatest middle class in the history of the world. 

3/12/18 7:55 PM
12/13/11
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Fuck this guy, and Lol @ the goofs who thought they were being progressive and paying a premium.

Edited: 3/12/18 7:56 PM
9/4/17
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Is it in the projects?

 

Edit, I'm not going to read the article. 

3/12/18 7:58 PM
1/1/01
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Fuck yo couch!!!
3/12/18 8:06 PM
3/17/03
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So Obama would only get charged 50% of the white costs?

 

Or are they using the "single drop" guidelines? 

3/12/18 8:11 PM
11/1/03
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Do they honor food stamps?

3/12/18 8:13 PM
7/14/17
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Good for them. They should if they want to. 

More power to them.

They'll be out of business very soon. 

3/12/18 8:14 PM
10/16/07
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Charge more based on race is a legal business model?

 

what could go wrong?

3/12/18 8:34 PM
1/1/01
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On its face it's illegal discrimination which is probably why he has to make it a "suggested" price. But seriously, what a terrible fucking idea.
3/12/18 9:06 PM
6/26/06
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Yep, my white ass is going to a Korean restaurant to get my discount!

3/12/18 9:09 PM
4/21/09
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Hard pass. Looking forward to seeing your business fail.

This.

 

Good luck to the wait staff getting those tips

3/12/18 9:12 PM
1/1/01
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Hocky - 

White guys, you know what to do...

 

 


lmfao
3/12/18 9:16 PM
1/1/01
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Fuck that guy

3/12/18 9:24 PM
3/17/14
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It's a Pop up restaurant. He has no plans to be there long term. It's a troll job and fuck this guy.