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Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

I, like Mr. Cho, hope some positives can come out of this. I would say that if, going forward, establishments in the Triangle require a signed complaint and a positive ID from said complainant (sp?), then incidents like this could require accountability of the accuser, and that would certainly be a positive. As it is, we'll never know if this was simply a case of mistaken identity or something less innocent, such as the petulant behavior of a resentful (would-be) colleague.

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Posted by Dumboldboy on 09/03/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Pat McCrory’s Smiling Face Replaces North Carolina-Made Movie Posters in a State Office

Kick the film industry out of the state and then replace its posters with his hideous propaganda. #ReadyforRoy to #BringBackNCFilm

Posted by Elizabeth Giles on 09/02/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Where Have Durham’s Black-Owned Restaurants Gone?

Thanks for the extra history, Raymond.

I didn't come across either of those restaurants in my research, but I imagine that there are many places just like them that either escapes peoples' memories or just weren't as documented and/or popular as other restaurants. For instance, no one that I talked to or nothing that I read mentioned Coleman's, which was also off of Alston Avenue near the Durham Freeway. In fact, it may have been in the same space as the Doug's Seafood and Chicken spot that you mentioned. I remember Mr. Coleman used to make a very tasty, serious sweet tea/ punch concoction. Haven't had anything better since he closed up shop several years ago.

Thanks again for your contribution.

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Posted by Eric Tullis on 09/02/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

Seems my comment of yesterday disappeared. I think there was a lack of communication, along with overreaction of the person that felt he was discriminated against. I think he could have straightened it out if he wanted to.

I also think that a so-called upscale hotel would have a more upscale dress code. From the pictures I saw, it looked as though people were going to the baseball game.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/02/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Durham Rescue Mission Will Not Waver in Attempt to Be Removed from Proposed Historic District

It really depends on the funding. Since there hasn't been a formal comparison of funds, it's difficult to compare the two.

Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/02/2016 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Where Have Durham’s Black-Owned Restaurants Gone?

Another great black owned and black operated establishment was Doug's Seafood Box and also under Doug's Seafood and Chicken that was not mention in this article. At one time was located on Ridgeway Avenue and later moved his establishment to Alston Avenue near the Durham Freeway that was across from the Gulf Service Station which is now BP/Family Fare. Then he moved over to Lakewood Shopping Center for a brief while. Also mentioned was another black owned restaurant the Triangle Steak House that was at the corner of Fayetteville and Pilot Street across from the Chicken Hut that opened in the mid-1970's and was closed sometime in 1980 where it sat in the vacant shopping center at one time anchored the A&P Supermarket and Dry Cleaners(where Food Lion is now).

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Posted by Raymond Caple on 09/02/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Where to Find Black-Owned Restaurants in The Triangle

Doug's Seafood Box and Doug's Seafood and Chicken that was located on Ridgeway Avenue and later moved to Lakewood Shopping Center has closed.

J&J Chicken and Fish at Phoenix Square Shopping Center

Posted by Raymond Caple on 09/02/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

Speaking of policy, it would be nice to see the Indy follow its own policy regarding ad hominem attacks - whether here in the comments or in its original article. I'm a proponent of debate, but don't see how direct violations of one policy add value to what could be a productive conversation about myriad facets of the development and implementation of other policies, including how one might counteract inherent biases that still exist in communities as broad and diverse as Durham. This is not intended as a defense or attack of anyone or their opinions. Even in the face of deeply personal and emotional issues like this, I would simply like to see us all work to maintain integrity - both journalistic and personal.

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Posted by Interested Observer on 09/02/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

The Hotel could have stopped with "we are deeply sorry for this incident." Instead they went on to attack the victim - accusing HIM of making "unfounded allegations" on social media. In effect, this is really a non-apology. The hotel failed to address the fact that the hostess failed to follow policy by 1. establishing that there WAS in fact a "personal dispute" 2. establish that the person in question was indeed Dr. Cho and 3. at least allowed the victim (Dr. Cho) to know what the allegations against him were. The snap to judgement by [name redacted] were due to her own inherent biases. The hostess kept repeating that Dr. Cho made someone feel "uncomfortable." That someone was just as much the hostess herself as much as the hysterical mistaken accuser. The hotel should have outlined concrete policies to address how to prevent this type of thing from ever happening again, to anyone. Period. They are lucky it was only an Asian man and not another race they targeted otherwise the story would have been much bigger.

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Posted by SMH on 09/02/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Durham Rescue Mission Will Not Waver in Attempt to Be Removed from Proposed Historic District

I'm glad you pointed out the vast resources of this group. Additionally, their numbers to restore a house in a historic district are wildly inaccurate. I'd suggest they discuss plans with multiple other contractors who have done this work as it can be done for significantly less.

If Habitat for Humanity can do it, the DRM can too.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 09/02/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

It is interesting how no mention is made of Dr Cho's race in the "apology" above. This is how racism works--it us about the hat, the clothes, the mistaken identity--not about the race. It's about "unfounded allegations" in the face of decent efforts at communication. Its about the victim taking a simple mistake too personally. Have we learned nothing about how racism operates?

I also have to wonder how much of this is being tolerated because the guy is Asian. Racism against Asian-American seems to get much less traction in the media than discrimination against other groups--African-Americans, Latinos or the LGBT community for example. I applaud the Indy Week for picking this story up and highlighting it. I do wish though that there had been a more thoughtful analysis of the race/power issue though.

One last irony: Andrea Reusing made her name and fortune culturally appropriating Asian cuisine. And here she is acting as an apologist for this egregious behavior--against an Asian American. White privilege continues unabated.

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Posted by Indy Thinker on 09/02/2016 at 8:16 AM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

I'm baffled by the existence of such a policy. Unless an assault or threatening behavior occurs *on the premises* of the restaurant, an accusation should not result in anyone's removal. Only the person who is uncomfortable should be invited to leave, if he or she wishes, with the offer of an escort if desired; without proof, the restaurant has no business disrupting anyone else's evening.

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Posted by ForeThoughts on 09/01/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The Durham Rescue Mission Wants to Expand. Golden Belt’s Proposed Historic Designation Might Get in the Way.

"This isn't a NIMBY issue, they [residents] say. They're not opposed to the mission's presence or even its expansion. They just don't want it to disrupt their neighborhood."

Isn't that the definition of NIMBY? It's a shame no one from the DRM would speak to the INDY. There is another viewpoint from Rob Tart, the Chief Operations Officer of the Rescue Mission, in the 8/27 Herald Sun http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/why-i-don-t-support-the-proposed-golden-belt-boundaries/article_2c735610-6c87-11e6-b741-672de2f9e7ad.html

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Posted by ZK on 09/01/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Where to Find Black-Owned Restaurants in The Triangle

Pop's Backdoor Shannon Rd. in Durham!

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Posted by Kathryn Moore on 09/01/2016 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

Judge Michael Denning should be impeached as a Judge! He made a discriminatory comment during a court hearing! He stated "China wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the Chinese." Judge Michael Denning should not even be running for Superior Court Judge! He is a disgrace of what it means to be a Judge. He should be removed/impeached as a Family Court Judge because he made a discriminatory comment!! The people of NC do not accept discriminatory comments made by a Judge!! Judge Michael Denning made a discriminatory comment during a court hearing!! Do the right thing, Judge Michael Denning, remove yourself as a Judge!! He has the audacity to think he should be a Superior Court Judge; he should not be a Judge at all.

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Posted by Discrimination is Wrong on 09/01/2016 at 7:40 PM

Re: “In a Statement, The Durham Hotel Apologizes to Michael Cho, Says It Does Not Tolerate Discrimination

were appropriate hurt feelings reports filed?

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Posted by terryboo on 09/01/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Hey Barbara 2:

“Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane…. Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to use of the full lane.” – North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, p.95.

Please be safe out there...

Posted by Michael Petersen on 09/01/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

#1 - stay out of the middle of the road with oncoming cars. If you want us to "share the road", perhaps cyclists should get licenses like auto drivers have to. Let them pay their "fair share".

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 09/01/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Where to Find Black-Owned Restaurants in The Triangle

Walt's Grill in Chapel Hill

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Posted by Pickles 1 on 09/01/2016 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Where Have Durham’s Black-Owned Restaurants Gone?

I loved Dillard's BBQ. One of my first real Durham experiences when my wife and I moved here 25 years ago. We walked in on our first visit and Mr. Dillard thinking we might be lost, asked us if we needed directions. When we answered that no, we just needed something to eat, he made us feel at home and personally took us on a tour of the buffet. I even swung by there to pick up lunch on the way to Duke for the birth of my first child. I miss them—and their plates at the DBAP as well.

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Posted by Geoff Dunkak on 08/31/2016 at 4:55 PM

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