SHARE Celebrates Racial Equity in Southwest Michigan
SHARE is an abbreviation of Society for History and Racial Equity, which has striven for racial equity in Southwest Michigan. Unfortunately, as the awareness of racial issue grows, there are people who use the issue to take advantage.
Founded in 2003, the society was originally an information center for all things related to African American in Southwest Michigan region. The organization conducted research on the African American history in the region and inviting people to share their story. SHARE encourage discussion about race and racism in many regular events the organization held.
“One of our main goals at SHARE is making connections,” SHARE Executive Director Donna Odom said as quoted by Western Herald. We provide spaces where people can share their stories in a safe and supportive environment.”
Unfortunately with the raising awareness of racism issue, there are some people who use the issue to take advantage. One recent incident occurred in the other part of Michigan, Detroit. A group of African American women who claim they were treated unequally based on racism was proven to be false claim, according to Detroit News.
Three African American women who were dining at the bar of Blue Fin Sushi restaurant in Grosse Pointe, Detroit found the restaurant to be fully occupied. As they finished dining, the general manager asked them to leave to allow other customers to eat.
The women, TaNisha Prater, 40, Kim Lloyd Hudson, 43, and Adrienne Savage, 45 misunderstood the situation as racially motivated. They made scene at the restaurant, forcing the manager to call police who later arrived at the restaurant.
Restaurant owner Joel Radu and his lawyer David Draper made an official comment on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and showing the footage from the surveillance camera of what actually happened. The camera showed all the tables in restaurant was fully occupied.
There were other African Americans dined at the other table. While there were also customers who stood and waited to be seated. The appearance of African American guests at the restaurant nullified claim of racism from the three women.
Radu and his lawyer stated there was no racism or assault as the three women claimed. This incident showed how racial issue can be used to gain advantage. Watch the interesting video about racial label that actually created to divide people below: