Staff members can be seen attempting to explain their side, but to no apparent avail.
“You’re thieves! Asian people stealing Black culture once again,” Roba continues. “It’s okay, you’ll be exposed though. You’re not Black-owned. You’re stealing Black culture.”
Roba says that she came to the establishment because she thought it was Black-owned. However, it is worth pointing out that she had already learned upon entering that it was not.
“Asians stealing Black culture once again,” she repeats herself.
A Black customer can be seen coming to Trap Tea’s defense, but Roba cuts him off and calls him a “coon” as the video ends.
In a statement, Trap Tea explained that its name “came from the appreciation of Black southern culture and the grind, hustle and drive that we put into the brand, and the friends and family we have collaborated with to make that possible.”
Meanwhile, its business logo is simply “a flip on the ‘Dragon Ball Z’ kame house.”
“We just want to know we don’t hate anyone and we spoke about the situation and we told her (Roba) about our ideas and plans for the future,” Trap Tea continued. “We explained that again this was about appreciation of the culture and bringing a dope spin for everyone to come enjoy something new. While also collaborating with other minorities with pop ups, merch ideas and food to also support the community.”
Trap Tea added that they are currently collaborating with Maurice Anderson, a Black creative director, on some projects. They are also planning a mural to further show appreciation.
The incident has since gone viral on social media and reached another Black woman who claimed that she was first to use the name “Trap Tea” for her company Ivy’s Tea. She wants the Asian-owned business to apologize, change their name and “every dime you’ve made since you’ve changed your name.”
NextShark has reached out to Trap Tea, Roba and Ivy’s Tea for comments.
Feature Images via Trap Tea (left), Alewia Tola Roba (right)
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