Last week we published a news snippet about the upcoming opening of a restaurant that we have since removed. While the name of the restaurant bothered us, we didn’t know then about the deep history of hurt and sexual harassment that comes with the phrase. We were blind to the hurt that it has caused and unwittingly perpetuated the hurt. This incident has opened our eyes to many more of these issues.
Even without understanding the derogatory roots of the phrase, we should’ve spotted and called out the inherent racial slur. That we did nothing is worrying on many levels. It is something we’re continuing to have conversations about; conversations we hope to also have with our readers, food writers and chefs in the future.
In the meantime, and in the spirit of educating ourselves and drawing on the expertise of our fellow journalists, we asked Eat Out restaurant critic Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) to share her thoughts on the issue, and some of the most pervasive ways it continues to shape the food world. Click here to read Ishay’s piece.