Restaurant takes heat for ‘offensive’ picture of coal miners in ‘blackface’

Coal and a pick axe
Photo credit Alexei Poselenov |
By 1010 WINS

PHOENIX (1010 WINS) -- A customer is demanding that a Phoenix restaurant remove a picture that features a group of coal miners with their faces covered in soot.

The complaint surfaced in an op-ed piece for

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The author, Air Force veteran Rashaad Thomas, says he told the owner of the restaurant that he found the picture offensive.

"Yet, the photograph remained on the wall. He said he would talk to the other owners and get back to me. While leaving, I asked him had he spoke with the other owners. He had not spoken with them, but mentioned Google said it's coal miners after work," he said.