Bar Facing Backlash After Posting Blackface Photo On Facebook
By Sarah Tate
October 27, 2020
A bar outside of Baton Rouge got into hot water over the weekend after a photo showing of group of people in blackface was posted to its Facebook page. It is unclear who posted the photo.
On Sunday, the photo in question was posted to the social media account of Port Allen's Raxx Bar. Almost immediately commenters began calling the photo racist and inappropriate, and the post was quickly deleted.
"How can you be that tone deaf to post a picture of blackface in 2020 and think that that's appropriate," said Eugene Collins, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP. "We know for a fact that there's been a ton of education that has went out on this particular topic and this shouldn't still be happening."
According to Fox 8, Raxx said the photo was taken at the bar 10 years ago. One employee said because it was years ago, the photo was taken out of context because there "wasn't all this that is going on in the world today."
The bar's owner posted a statement on Facebook Tuesday apologizing for the original post.
"As the owner of Raxx Bar we would like to again apologize for the images that were posted on our page. This does not represent our business nor does it represent our beliefs personally. We are looking deep into how this image was added to our post and will handle accordingly."
The post continued, "We have also taken security measures to ensure this does not happen again. We are sorry for any hurt this has caused anyone including our customers and friends."
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