Unfortunately in this time day and age, many black men and women still face racism and micro-aggressions. This was the case with former basketball player Dominique Wilkins when Killer Mike jumped to his side to defend him.
It all began when Dominique was hoping to enjoy a nice meal in Atlanta at Le Bilboquet but was denied services.
The basketball star accused the dining place of not serving him because of his skin color after they told him they had no more seating.
There was already high suspicion that the real reason was because of his skin color after they then changed the reason due to dress code violation, even though he had a designer shirt on with casual pants.
Mike Defends Dominique
“In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world,” he says.
In my many years in the world, I’ve eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta In @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack pic.twitter.com/vh7zuyxH0K
— Dominique Wilkins 🏀 (@DWilkins21) May 22, 2021
“But never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta in @LeBilboquetAtl #turnedawaybecauseimblack.”
Killer Mike was not going to let this treatment slide and spoke up, he even called the restaurant.
“@lebilboquetatlanta ya’ll better make this lame shit right,” he writes.
“How ya’ll mistreat “NIQUE” @dominiquewilkins21! Ya’ll lame AF for that shawty! #ThatAintAtlantaALL #RacismIsLame #SuperWeak #ShutemDown.”
Le Bilboquet responded to Mike explaining his skin was not the problem his clothing choice was.
“We, at Le Bilboquet, do our best to accommodate all of our guests.”
“However, we have received consistent complaints from our patrons regarding other guest’s wardrobe choices.”
“As a result, to protect our restaurant’s culture, we installed a minimum standard in our ‘business casual’ attire dress code which includes jeans and sneakers but prohibits baseball caps and athletic clothing including sweat pants and tops.”
The restaurant later then apologized.
“We want to apologize to Mr. Wilkins for his experience at our restaurant and also for any confusion our dress code may have caused.”
“We in no way intended for him to feel unwanted, and welcome an open dialogue with him. Our upscale dining experience and our brand’s culture is made up of multiple elements, which include our music, our food and our patrons’ attire.”
“We continue to strive to manifest our dining experience in a way that is exciting and most importantly, inclusive.”