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Re: “Gray Brooks defends "Hattie Mae Williams Called Me Captain," but he's willing to consider a name change

Whoa golly, how out of control this has gotten.

Guy didn't invent gentrication, and everything he says in his interview about the realities about putting a business downtown are true. At the same time, he mentions more than once that he understands there are some unfortunate things that go along with that. So, when you know there are some background issues that go along with moving in there, and you replace the African-American folks that have been there awhile, but can't afford to keep a business there anymore, maybe there is a less tone-deaf name than something that sounds a lot like "My Black Nanny Really Liked Me".

That's all - he's not a bad guy, she probably really did like him, he wants to do a good thing, he just dribbled out a junky name. If he has to do an interview to explain the backstory behind why the impression the name gives isn't right, it's not a good name.

This has been an overreaction, and an overreaction to the overreaction, and it's making me seriously considering not opening my new cafe - "I Had A Good Relationship With My Doctor" - next spring.

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Posted by dse on 10/09/2015 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Gray Brooks defends "Hattie Mae Williams Called Me Captain," but he's willing to consider a name change

Guy wanted to honor someone special in his life, but he whiffed kind of epically on the delivery. This interview digs the hole a bit deeper. Just go back to the drawing board and try again, dude.

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Posted by dse on 10/08/2015 at 7:01 PM

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