It's been heartbreaking to watch as restaurants, those places that should be reserved for nourishment and fellowship become scenes of hate mongering and horror. When a Somali woman was assaulted with a beer bottle in a Coon Rapids Applebees, when Parisian diners were gunned down in cafes during the recent bloody terrorist attack in France, and now, a Grand Forks Somali restaurant has been firebombed by a local man (luckily, no one was hurt). Hell's Kitchen is having none of it. The usually irreverent Minneapolis restaurant best known for lemon ricotta pancakes and ridiculous bloodies has published a serious-as-a-heart-attack and heartfelt Facebook message stating they are "gobsmacked" by the violence inside of restaurants.
". . . it’s important we say out loud that here at Hell’s Kitchen, when customers come through our doors each day, we don't notice what color their faces are, whether they’re wearing headscarfs or Twins hats, whether they’re investment bankers or interns, school teachers or scientists, nurses or nannies, miners or mayors. We certainly don't try to figure out whether they’re gay or straight, and we sure as hell don't think about their religious beliefs," said the statement. They said they won't let political correctness stop them from speaking out against human rights abuses.
They also remind us all that it was once Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or Jewish immigrants who were the victims of shameful prejudice and discrimination, and that "with the exception of Native Americans, all of the rest of us here are either the sons and daughters or grandsons and granddaughters of immigrants."
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