I’m visiting Houston, and staying in a hotel room without a kitchen, so last night I went out to pick up some dinner from a restaurant within walking distance: Uncle Tong’s Hunan Cuisine.
The owner of the restaurant met me at the door, and she seemed nice enough at first, as she took my order. As I was leaving, however, she volunteered an opinion about the neighborhood in which she had put her business. “Don’t go over there after dark,” she said, pointing to the Greenspoint Mall. “It’s very dangerous. There are too many blacks and Mexicans.” She repeated the warning, over and over again. It was such a strange thing for her to say, without any provocation, that I was caught off balance. I didn’t know what to say. At that moment, I wanted to escape the situation, so I just left.
Afterwards, I regretted my hasty withdrawal. I wished I had thought of something to say, like, “It’s not right for you to say that entire groups of people are dangerous, because of nothing other than their ethnicity. It’s racist, and I won’t be coming back to your restaurant.”
I missed the opportunity… so I’m making a new one right now. I’m writing this article to call out the Uncle Tong’s restaurant, and warn other people who live, work, or visit near the Greenspoint Plaza towers where the restaurant is located.
Uncle Tong’s Hunan Cuisine is operated by racists who use their business to encourage others to embrace racism. Racism makes their food taste like garbage. Don’t eat there.