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Human Rights Group Plans Sit-In at Controversial Cobb Bar

One human rights activist wants to hold a sit-in at Mulligan's Food and Spirits, which has long been known for its controversial and some say "racist" signs.

Gerald Rose, the leader of the human rights group that planned a press conference at a Marietta bar known for its controversial signs, is now planning a sit-in at the bar on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.

Mulligan's Food & Spirits has been known to have signs with racial slurs referring to Hispanic people and other groups. The former bar owner, Mike Norman, made national headlines when he sold T-shirts depicting then presidential nominee Barack Obama as the monkey Curious George.

Rose wrote in an email to Patch:

"...they have left comments on our New Order facebook fan page saying things about the racist sign and other things..at this point its not about Obama its about disrespecting African-Americans as a whole.."

A man named Justin Roberts responded to a post on the New Order National Human Rights Facebook page about the sit-in:

"Come on down, we'd love to have you! We make everyone feel at home at mulligans... I'll buy your first drink. And if y'all wanna eat, the cook (that's African American),cooks the best hamburgers and fries you've ever had! I'd be happy to buy you a burger too!!"

What do you think about the planned sit-in? Do you plan to participate? Tell us below in the comments.

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Genghis Khan September 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
It's still legal, Doc. You can try to change the law, which will result in hideous consequences, or you can shake your head and ignore it. If you think someone's hurt feelings is more important than the constitution, you have a rocky future ahead.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino September 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Very true Stephanie & Callen. Let's view people as human and treat them as equals Those who put down others, especially a whole group, are denying their own humanity and really just don't like or love themselves--classic bullies. How does one stop a bully---first stop their bullying behaviour (tough love, saying "no") and then forgive and love them by teaching them how to love themselves. Why not promote the good things about yourselves, Mulligans, rather than put down others--or is it that you don't see any good in your own race, restaurant, lives, etc Here is what I advocate as a solution: let's all suggest to Mulligans some good slogans that uplift rather than put down--they can be humorous or whatever. Church signs do it all the time. Or, they can simply promote their special hamburgers. Surely they can find something creative which is positive--if not, let's help them. Here's one: "Bikers Rally to help the homeless veterans--10% of all purchases benefit the veterans." (My father, a life long police officer, always said "you can catch more flies with honey than with sh_t or vinegar.")
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino September 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
And Milo, "my people" are and will always be "human beings". That's right, I consider humans over Americans, whites, blacks, Italians, Irish, Christian, Muslim,etc. And in that belief I am backed up by not only science (genetics prove we are all one race and at the most 55th cousin of each other) , religion (all equal children of one creator), and the founding documents of this country ("All people are created equal"--note, it doesn't say--"All Americans"). So my role and that of human rights advocacy orgs is to be the "great equalizer"--that is, whenever one individual or group gets the notion that they are somehow superior to another, and acts on that belief to put down another, then it is time to "equalize". Now let's apply that to the undocumented immigrants that you and others here like to put down because you think that you are somehow better than they are by inventing these imaginary harms that they are doing or did.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino September 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Re: undocumented immigrants and you: 1) they broke only a minor, civil law, not even a criminal law to come or stay here (hmmm, do you break any laws?) 2) your ancestors and mine, were either illegal immigrants to this country, or were considered so by the dominant group of WASPS at the time (italians were called wops or "without papers", and many came here illegally,etc); even worse, people of color were considered less than human in my lifetime. (Hmmm, seems like history repeating itself--when will we learn and grow up?) 3) you, I and everyone writing or reading here conspired to invite the current 12million undocumented immigrants here and looked the other way to provide cheap labor in order to maintain our standard of living (yes, every major corporation and many smaller ones, and every government entity did so, and in a capitialist, democratic society, that means every citizen participated in this however directly or indirectly)--and now, that our economy has tanked, not due to their hard and productive labor, but due to our own excesses, we want to blame and scapegoat them and send them back. (Hmmm, seems like history repeating itself after slavery and JimCrow--when will we learn and grow up?) I could go on but remember every time you get the urge to think yourself somehow superior to these immigrants, or to anyone else, these words of the Equalizer and repeat after me: "I am no better or worse than anyone else and by uplifting others I uplift myself".
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino September 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Oh, Milo, there is at least one point I agree with you on, that as Americans under the delusion of "American exceptionalism" that are somehow God's gift to and the savior of the world. Been there, tried that, and screwed it up. We have to first get our own backyard in order and the main task at home is not the economy, although that is certainly a part of it, but to learn to value our true exceptionalism as a nation and that is our cultural and racial diversity as the melting pot or salad bowl of the world. This is a model of unity in diversity and is where we do stand out. In order to do this, I have to begin by looking in the mirror, and us whites, who have an inbred sense of false superiority and privilege, have to learn humility and the willingness to learn from and understand those of other cultures who are now a major part of the American mix. That is what this whole Mulligans' exercise is about and the basis of my comments relating to it--if the Blacks are hurt by what Mulligan's is doing that should be enough for all, especially those who are not Black to respect their feelings and perspective, especially in light of black/white relations in the near past here in Cobb, to ask Mulligans to stop doing it and to help them find ways to promote themselves and their "culture" in a positive way. That can really be the only reasonable response from white people, who have no clue what blacks have and are still going through.

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