A post-white city, bursting with a majority black population incapable of taking care of itself (hence, the need for the city council to ban new licenses issued to payday loan, title and pawn shops), Birmingham in 2014 is only worth bringing up in national news when whitey can be made to feel guilty for Bull Connor, dogs, and fire hoses.
|Was there any proof of a roach, or was this a complaint of a black patron who merely wanted a refund?|
Though the declining state of the city is still firmly blamed on white racism (mainly, white flight), it's merely a reflection of the majority population - the city is around 74 percent black - that has dominated political and moral control of Birmingham for decades.
So it's always fun when glimpses of what life in a majority black city devolve to, and the consequences/high cost associated with trying to do businesses (please) with a perpetually perturbed pusillanimous people, pontificating pronouncements proudly of past periods of prodigious pinnacles of - obviously dubious - racial glory.
And though white people are not now what which we once where, that which we are... we are. But those daring to do business with the majority of inhabitants of Birmingham don't suffer the same delusions of guilt as whitey.
Overwhelmingly black areas of Birmingham (like overwhelmingly black areas of Anywhere, USA) are known as 'food deserts', because of the relative high-risk/low-reward opening and operating a restaurant or grocery store in such an environment presents.
Enter Good Friend Chinese and Seafood in Birmingham, a dubious claim of an insect in an egg-roll and black people. [Shooting over roach in egg roll prompts Birmingham residents to call for restaurant boycott, Birmingham News, 2-13-14]:
Residents of one Birmingham neighborhood launched a protest and boycott of a West End Chinese restaurant Monday after authorities say the owner fired on a customer in a dispute over a roach in an egg roll.
Holding signs that read, "If the food doesn't kill, the owner might" and "Eat here at your own risk," the boycotters stood on all corners and nearby sidewalks surrounding Good Friend Chinese and Seafood on Dennison Avenue Southwest.
Birmingham city Councilwoman Sheila Tyson and former Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot were at Monday's boycott. Both Tyson and Smoot last week announced plans to run for the commission, both challenging incumbent Commissioner Sandra Little Brown.
The restaurant owner, Chun Hin Ching, 52, is charged with attempted murder after a shooting at the restaurant Feb. 6. He was released from the Jefferson County Jail over the weekend after posting $100,000 bond.
Ching was at the restaurant Monday, but refused to comment on the shooting or the boycott. The restaurant remains open for business.
Police said the shooting, in which no one was injured, happened just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The customer ordered food, and then found a roach in her egg roll. The owner and customer argued after the egg roll the customer had put on the counter fell onto the floor.
"She took two bites and saw it,'' Tyson said. The woman, she said was with two friends, all of whom wanted their money back. "Of course he had something say to her. One of the egg rolls rolled on the floor and he just went crazy."
The customer got her money back, police and Tyson said. She turned to walk away, while her two friends waited for their money return. As she walked off, police and Tyson said, Ching fired at her. "She took off, and dove in the back seat of the car,'' Tyson said.
Tyson said there is a history of problems at the restaurant. "There have been incidents of him raising a bat to people, showing some guy a butcher knife, because he gets complaints all of the time,'' she said.
"We have tried to work with this man. We have talked with him, asked him to participate in the neighborhood meetings, asked him to clean up his property,'' Tyson said. "The result is nothing."
Smoot said she used to eat at the restaurant often, before ownership changed hands.
She called for a review of Jefferson County Health Department inspections to determine why the restaurant remains open under its current conditions. "An inspection is what I'm calling for, what the neighborhood is calling for,'' Smoot said.
"Another thing is if people don't like the service in any business, stop patronizing it."
Why might so many problems exist at the restaurant? Could it be the customers creating an unsuitable environment for commerce to flourish? One wonders if high rates of crime and muggings have dissuaded the owners of Good Friend Chinese and Seafood restaurant from employing a lucrative home delivery system, because of the danger their employees would face delivering food to black people's home?
Tyson said she called the health department Monday morning, and they promised to return to the restaurant this week. She said the combination of the restaurant's condition and the violence that has happened there spurred the neighborhood to action. Complaints of cleanliness, or lack therof, also should have been reported and the health department should have been more diligent. An inspection on Aug. 20, 2013 listed the restaurants health rating at 91. A July 1, 2013 listed the rating at 81, according to Brown.
An outpost of civilization in a rapidly "devolving to the mean" city in Alabama. The low-reward/high-risk proposition of running/owning a business in a majority black community is on display
But it gets better. [Chinese restaurant boycotted after owner fired shot at customer, MyFoxAL.com, 2-10-14]:
Residents on Birmingham's west side organized a protest and boycott of a West End Chinese restaurant after authorities say the owner shot at a customer over a complaint about food.
Armed with signs that read "Eat here at your own risk" and "If the food doesn't kill, the owner might," residents protested in front of the Good Friend Chinese and Seafood restaurant on Monday morning.
Last Thursday, authorities said the owner of the restaurant fired shots at a customer during an argument over a roach in an egg roll.
No one was injured but that does not ease the concerns of some folks who live nearby.
"Right here is very busy cars pass, pedestrians, a child could have been walking by.
That's not the way to settle anything," Evanne Gibson, West End community president, said.
Birmingham city councilor Sheila Tyson said there is a history of problems at the restaurant.
"We don't need any more incidents, we just don't need it. We need to see what we can do to solve the problem," Tyson said.The Perpetually Aggrieved Class of Bloviating Blacks (PACOBB) is one of the enduring legacies of the Civil Rights movement, with black people never having heard the word "no" immediately following their demands of capitulation.
It's a simple, powerful word.
Life in post-white America wouldn't be so bad, if we were allowed to have a sense of humor. Having dignity while facing our ruin went out the door as a viable option a long-time ago, and any form of white racial consciousness is immediately harkened as a resurrection of the Klan + Hitler (x) all-things-evil².
But a fortune cookie from the Good Friend Chinese and Seafood restaurant would simply read, "May you live in interesting times."
And we do. Our job is merely to survive them.