Astounding Social Media Support for a Coffee Shop Racism Victim
Josie Ajak has been receiving lots of support on social media after a customer refused to be served by her because she is black. She works at Cairns cafe.
Ajak is a South Sudanese migrant who has been living in Australia for the past 11 years. And ever since she moved to Australia when she was 8, she has rarely experienced such overt racism.
"When we first came to Australia, in primary school and a bit in high school as well, I got the 'Why are you here? Go back to where you came from' line," Ajak said. But that was in the past. And ever since, she hasn't had remarks directed to her because of her skin color until a few days ago.
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On the day it happened, Ajak was the shift supervisor. She decided to take over the cash register in order to get the long queue moving. An elderly woman in a wheelchair approached, and Ajak greeted her. The woman looked at Ajak and said: "I refuse to be served by a black person, can you get me a white lady?"
Shocked and annoyed, Ajak asked the elderly woman to move aside. Ajak then explained to a concerned staff member that she won't serve the lady because she is racist.
The senior woman sat there for a while, probably waiting for a white lady to serve her. Eventually, she left.
Ajak told a friend, Jade Arevalo, about the incident. She took to Facebook to vent her fury. Since the post went up, there have been hundreds of comments from people showing support for Ajak.
"It's amazing seeing all this support from all these people I've never met, who don't have any idea who I am but are still supporting me and standing behind me. I'd like to thank them because racism is a massive problem in the world … inside we're all the same and I'm glad all those people posting agree with that,"said.
In addition she says, racism should NOT be tolerated. And they wont be serving any racists at the cafe.
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