We all know that there is a double standard when it comes to race in America. For example, Black people meet.com. a dating site strictly for African Americans is okay, but a white people meet.com would cause an outrage. The same rings true for things like Black Entertainment television (BET) and the Black Caucus.
One New Jersey store owner decided to confront the double standard of Black History Month head on.Â Jim Boggess, owner of Jimboâ€™s Deli has caused quite an uproar by posting a sign thatÂ reads: â€œCELEBRATE YOUR WHITE HERITAGE IN MARCH, WHITE HISTORY MONTHâ€. Â Boggess says,Â â€œNo matter what you are â€” Muslim, Jewish, black, white, gay, straight â€” you should be proud of what you are. I shouldnâ€™t have to feel bad about being white.â€
Sounds fair right? You would think so, but fair is not what some people are really interested in. AÂ neighbor and former customer, Bhakti Curtis, who is bi-racial, Â said the sign, is â€œmocking Black History Month,â€ especially the way the T was crossed in â€œWHITE.â€ The cross piece was not right at the top, it was lower down, in a style used by the Ku Klux Klan and other white-power groups, Curtis said. That cross piece of the T has since been broadened to make it a more traditional, if top-heavy, capital T.
Rolling your eyes yet? Well wait, it gets better,Â Curtis told Boggess the sign offended him, but Boggess wouldn’t take it down. Curtis took the next step and filed a complaint with the Flemington police. Detective Sgt. William Svard said Cpl. Louis Hribikâ€™s report indicates that Curtis said the sign is â€œracist,â€ that he felt harassed by it and wanted to know what would be done about it.
Unfortunately for Curtis, LouisÂ Hribik went to Jimboâ€™s, looked at the sign, spoke with Boggess and decided that the sign wasnâ€™t derogatory or racist and that no further police action was needed.
I would like to thankÂ Jim Boggess for shoving REAL equality in the faces of the race-baiters.