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Bernice King Urges Waffle House Boycott Following Violent Incidents

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter is encouraging people to avoid the chain following recent incidents involving black customers and police

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Following a string of recent incidents involving black customers and police at Waffle House, Bernice King — the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. — is calling for a boycott of the beloved 24-hour diner chain.

Earlier this week, a video of a May 5 incident at a North Carolina Waffle House went viral after being posted to Facebook. The video shows a black man clad in a tuxedo being choked and slammed to the ground by a police officer. The man in the video, 22-year-old Anthony Wall, says staff called police after an employee cursed at him and his younger sister, who he had just taken to prom, for sitting at a table that hadn’t yet been cleaned, sparking an argument.

In April at a Waffle House in Alabama, 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons was tackled to the ground by police and arrested after she refused to pay an extra 50 cents for a set of plastic utensils. Protesters swarmed the restaurant after video of the violent incident was posted online.

King took to Twitter on Thursday to call for a boycott, urging people to avoid Waffle House until the company “seriously commits to” having a discussion on racism and training its employees.

Stories involving restaurant staff calling the police on customers have generated scores of headlines in recent weeks: In perhaps the most high-profile incident, two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks while waiting for a friend. Starbucks was quick to denounce the incident and has pledged to train its employees on racial bias, and is also changing its policy to allow non-customers to use the bathroom.

Meanwhile, Waffle House has defended its actions in the wake of the Alabama incident, saying in a statement that after reviewing security footage of the incident, “police investigation was appropriate.” The company says it is investigating the arrest in North Carolina.

Bernice King Calls for Waffle House Boycott After Latest Viral Incident [AJC]
Violent Arrest of Black Woman at Waffle House Sparks Protests [E]

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