The manager at an Atlanta area Ikea store is apologizing after a special Juneteenth menu featured in its restaurant was called out as racist.
According to CBS News, many of the store’s Black employees did not show up for work last Saturday (June 19) and some even thought about quitting over the gesture.
Employees — who requested their identities not be revealed due to fear of repercussions — showed WGCL-TV an email sent on Friday that said the special menu for customers and employees was a way to “honor the perseverance of Black Americans and acknowledge the progress yet to be made.”
The menu featured foods such as fried chicken, watermelon, mac and cheese and collard greens. Employees argued it was racially insensitive, ignorant, and said management needs to do more to educate itself about Black culture.
“You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don’t even know the history — they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slavery time,” one employee said, according to CBS News. “It caused a lot of people to be upset. People actually wanted to quit. People weren’t coming back to work.”