The owner of a Colorado barbecue restaurant who drew criticism for offering a “White Appreciation Day” discount says he wants to celebrate Americans of all races, not just one.
What started off as a joke about how there’s no holiday that celebrates “the white community” has been misinterpreted as a racially charged promotion, said Edgar Antillon, co-owner of Rubbin’ Buttz BBQ and Country Cafe in Milliken.
“We are an amazing culture here in the U.S. We’re a melting pot,” Antillon told CNN. “But we should include white people in that, too.”
A sign posted in the restaurant’s window announcing “White Appreciation Day” on June 11 reads, “Because all Americans should be celebrated.”
In an interview with KUSA-TV this week, Antillon said it was unlikely that he would offer a discount to other racial groups. On Saturday, however, Antillon told CNN that any American — white, black, Asian or Hispanic — who visits Rubbin’ Buttz on June 11 will be offered the same 10% discount.
Antillon said he understands the need for heritage months to celebrate groups overlooked in history. As a Mexican-American, he said he has experienced racism firsthand.
But, that doesn’t mean any race deserves to “segregated” to a monthlong celebration, he said.
“I should be celebrated every day of the year, but so should white people and so should black people,” he said. “We should all be celebrated all year long.”
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