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加拿大缅省小镇歧视严重 逼黑人餐馆关门结业  

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加拿大缅省(Manitoba)小镇莫里斯(Morris)1名黑人接手经营餐馆,但因肤色受人歧视,餐馆无人光顾,被逼结业。就在数月之前,餐馆的上手东主同是因为遭受歧视而结业。

收三K党电邮

牙买加出生的莫里斯(Thea Morris)是Thea's Diner的东主。她周三说,自己收到有三K党(Ku Klux Klan)字样的电邮。而她的1名顾客也告诉她,人们不光顾,因为她是黑人。

她说,自从收到三K党的电邮后,一些顾客行为古怪。看来年龄在50多岁、衣着光鲜的人,三三两两来到餐馆,但会很快离开。「他们进来坐下要饮品,当奉上饮品时,他们起身离开。这是恫吓。」

莫里斯的饭店6月时开张,该地址以前是1对同性恋伴侣开设的餐馆Pots N Hands。前东主克拉林博德(Dave Claringbould)和他的伴侣4月时将餐馆结业。他说,他们受到恐惧同性恋者的诽谤,包括1名顾客问到,食物是否受到病菌污染。

莫里斯说,她希望有不同的遭遇。餐馆开业后,夏天时生意很好,但到8月底时,大部分顾客停止光顾。然后发生一连串怪事,令她担心自己的安全。

她说,有人在1名员工的汽车挡风玻璃放下1 只死鹰。当她在网上登广告请人时,收到自称与三K党有关连的人回覆,该人询问莫里斯的居民,是否还在将有色人种赶离小镇。

莫里斯说:「1名年长男士告诉我,人们不来我的餐馆的原因,是因为我的肤色。」她说,最近数周完全没有生意。

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缅省省长塞林格(Greg Selinger)办公室周三说,省长透过电话与莫里斯联络,对她的遭遇表达歉意。

莫里斯市长德林德(Gavin Van Der Linde)说,小镇严肃看待此事,将一些关注事宜转交皇家骑警。

他告诫人们,不要莽下结论,认定餐馆被种族主义者针对。他说,一些顾客未付钱离开,也是常有之事。他指餐馆生意不好,也许是因为竞争。莫里斯已经通知业主,她计划12月底离开。

该小镇人口1,800人,位于温尼辟(Winnipeg)以南50公里,连接美国的高速路边。                  2013-11-29 来自: 明报

 

缅省小镇歧视严重 逼黑人餐馆关门结业 - allen同学 - 割舍不掉的情意结...Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Thea Morris stands in the same diner a gay couple closed in April after being subjected to homophobic verbal attacks. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Diner owner fleeing Morris


Jamaican-born woman says she can't take discrimination                   By: Randy Turner             11/27/2013

Thea Morris, the Jamaican-born owner and chief cook, described a series of incidents -- from groups of people repeatedly walking out of the diner before their orders could be taken, to a longtime resident who explained her business was dropping "because you're black."

"It's not going to get any better, whatever force I'm fighting," Morris said Monday. "I'm not going to succeed. I'm going back to Winnipeg where stuff like this is insignificant. Winnipeg is big. This is small. It kills business."

The final straw, said Morris, came after she had tried to recruit staff on Kijiji. She received a reply that read, "From: kkk@morris.ca You guys still chasing colors (sic) out of your towns out there? I believe the KKK has a chapter in South Dakota you should join! You can respond to kkk@morris.ca by replying to this email."

There isn't any such working address. But although the reply could have come from anywhere in the world, Morris is convinced it was sent by a local. Neither does she think all of these incidents -- which include one customer defecating in a washroom urinal -- are just coincidence.

"There's definitely people out there who don't want to see people who are different in Morris," Morris added. "Different from them, anyway."

Morris was referring to the previous owners of a restaurant in the same Main Street location, who closed their doors in April following a series of homophobic verbal attacks. The owners were gay, and the story garnered national attention that flooded the town with bad press. Email inundated the town office reading, "Redneck Town of the Year" and much worse.

The closure of Pots N' Hands came on the heels of another much-publicized incident in which the editor-in-chief of the now defunct Morris Mirror, a local circular, published an editorial condemning the Idle No More movement, citing that "in some cases, natives are acting like terrorists in their own country. Indians/natives want it all but corruption and laziness prevent some of them from working for it."

Morris knew the history, but opened her diner on June 26 anyway.

"I just never thought it would be an issue," she explained. "I thought I had thicker skin. I don't get any verbal abuse. They're a little more subtle with me. In the end, though, the results are the same."

Morris said business was strong at the outset. Then came the groups of "well-dressed" people, she said, who arrived every Friday, sat down and had a waitress come and hand them menus. They would order drinks, but before the waitress returned with the beverages, they were gone or leaving.

A similar incident had occurred "at least 10 times" during her five months of operation, and five times in the last two months alone.

"They dress really nice," Morris explained. "And they say nothing. They just leave. I've never seen that all the time I've worked."

The fresh allegations of discrimination left Morris Mayor Gavin van der Linde "shocked."

"Wow," said van der Linde on Monday when informed of the details by the Free Press. "That's very unfortunate, for sure. That's unacceptable that people would be that ignorant to make her (Morris) feel that way.

"It feels pretty paralyzing. I thought we had made great strides since the last two incidents, in the right direction. The vast majority of people in the community came out in their support (for the Pots N' Hands owners). It's very disappointing."

Morris admits she started to "get paranoid."

She was confused and wondered why her business was declining despite mostly positive reviews for her food. But the response to the Kijiji listing -- no matter who was the author and where -- left her shaken.

Morris reported the incident to local RCMP, but was told there was no way to determine the origin of the response.

But her mind was already made up to end her lease at the end of December.

"I feel like I need to get out of here," she said. "When they behave like that, you start to feel a little uncomfortable. You don't want to stick around. It makes me feel very, very discouraged."

Morris never contacted the media and had planned to leave Morris without any controversy.

But she had already printed leaflets containing her explanation -- including the Kijiji response -- she had planned to hand out to customers during her last week of operation in December.

"People need to know," she said. "Because this (email) leads to this (empty booths). And I really don't want to spend my time tackling situations that are hopeless. It almost seems to take generation after generation after generation for people to open up their minds."

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