A Korean restaurant owner who allegedly “hit” a black female employee for giving a customer refund has sparked furor on social media.
The incident at Doo’s Seafood in Snellville, Georgia, occurred on May 18 after customer Markus Moultrie received an incorrect order and was issued a refund of $8.47.
A passage from a best-selling book released three years ago that encourages Asian men and black women to date each other has become all the buzz on Twitter early this week, angering several users.
The book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” was written by Issa Rae, who then starred in HBO’s “Insecure,” which draws some inspiration from the text and her YouTube series of the same title.
In a once-popular commercial for Calgon detergent in the 1970s, a curious housewife probes the Chinese owner of the local laundry for the answer to one of the world’s eternal mysteries: “How do you get shirts so clean, Mr. Lee?” After peering over his shoulder (so as to be sure that his not-so-discreet wife isn’t standing near) the man turns back around, raises a finger to his lips and says through a smile, “Ancient Chinese secret!”
While the answer to the question posed to the laundry owner by the woman was a closely guarded secret — one that his sweet, no-nonsense wife happily ruined — it was neither ancient nor even Chinese in origin. But the TV spot famously tapped into one of the most enduring legends about the country whose Ming Dynasty rulers had a 16-to-26 foot wall built around it: the age-old traditions of secrecy. And what happened in China very often stayed in China.
Editor’s Note: Sincere Parks originally posted this piece on her FaceBook; it has been republished with permission. The views expressed in this piece are solely her own.
*tap tap* POC, specifically Asian men for the purpose of this article, y’all ok?