White people in the US are experiencing epic levels of oppression these days. The double standard that has benefited them for so many centuries is under attack. Esther Levy’s case is sadly typical.
Esther Levy claims that she and her friend, a retired judge, were thrown out of a Mexican restaurant because she wore some Trump boosting gear:
Joined by retired local judge Alvin Goldstein, she took a seat and ordered two sangrias from a smiling waitress without incident, Levy recalled.
But the server soon returned and told them they had to leave.
“On the way out, the co-owner decided to yell at me and humiliate me,” Levy recalled. “He said, ‘We don’t serve Trump supporters here. Get out of here and never come back.’ ”
Gosh. On the other hand, you have the restaurant’s version:
An employee of ours asked the patrons to leave because they were being rude to the staff and rowdy due to intoxication. I’m personally looking into the facts based on what our staff witnessed and what’s been posted here on Facebook. I would like to speak with the customers involved so please call the restaurant so I can get your side of the story.
Everyone’s out to get poor Esther Levy
Which one should we believe? The debate on Facebook quickly turned into the usual cess pool of trolls, so that didn’t help much. I started looking on Ester Levy’s own FB page, where:
Oh, so, Facebook has also cast Esther Levy out for supporting Trump. That’s weird, since I see quite a lot of Trump supporters on Facebook. Also, how can she post that she is blocked from posting? (Also also, Facebook doesn’t actually block you from posting on your own wall. It is simply not a thing.)
It’s beginning to look like maybe Esther is one of those people who isn’t that aware of her own behavior. You know what I’m talking about. People who get super obnoxious at parties, and then claim they were thrown out for being a true-self rebel.
Or you could judge Esther by the quality of the company she keeps. Let’s take a look at her Facebook friends’ responses:
Right. Because calling out oppression to the media has worked out so very well for those groups. I mean, sure they still get attacked and smeared and beaten by police and have politicians calling to deport them or clergy calling to stone them, but they beat back slavery and won the right to marry, so they’re really astoundingly privileged, aren’t they? Like those dang handicapped people getting the best parking space. Gosh darn it, there’s just nothing left for white people anymore.
So say her friends, and yet the story based on Esther’s account tells us that they “ordered two sangrias from a smiling waitress.” In fact, she says it here herself, on her FB page:
It’s called consequences
I have a feeling there are two Esther Levys: the one she thinks everyone is seeing, and the one she mistakenly thinks she is successfully hiding. As an older white person, Levy has probably enjoyed decades of deference from people of color who are used to “grinning and bearing” the jackass behavior of some white people. This may be the very first time she’s been held accountable for behaving like a jerk.
Or perhaps she’s not that bad, but her judge friend is. Maybe he was the only one being loud and obnoxious, but rather than blame him, she needs to believe it was Someone Else’s Fault. She certainly seems to think he should be immune from criticism because he is a judge:
That’s adorable, but let’s hear from some actual waitstaff. I’ve waited tables before, and I’ve seen all kinds of rich and prominent people behave like fools in restaurants. I’ve watched management agonize over whether they can tell a doctor or lawyer to please lower his volume or stop being rude to the staff. I’ve been that staff, and I know it takes a lot for management to throw somebody out.
Esther’s Facebook page records several other people claiming they’ve been thrown out of restaurants for supporting Trump. I can’t help but wonder if this person has it right: