Can a $12 lunch change the way people think about racial wealth disparity in America? How about a $30 lunch? That's the premise behind a social experiment playing out in a New Orleans food stall. Chef Tunde Way opened his pop-up stall in the city's Roux Carre venue in early February. The listed price for the Nigerian food is $12. But when white people walk up to order, they are asked whether they want to pay $30. Why? "It's two-and-a half times more than the $12 meal, which reflects the income disparity" between whites and African-Americans in New Orleans, says Wey.
Wey says that when customers come up to his window to place an order, he tells them that his food stall aims to engage people on the topic of racial income and wealth disparities and to share statistics on these disparities.
He then informs them that customers who identify as white are being asked to pay the higher $30 price to reflect these disparities. These customers also have the option to pay the listed $12 price.
The difference between the $12 and $30 meals, customers are informed, will be redistributed to minorities who buy food at the stall. How do white customers react to the proposition?
"What? I can opt for the 'privilege' of paying $30, but you'll still sell it to me for $12? Um, yeah, I'll pay $12. Idiot."
College Republicans already did this with the affirmative action bake sale at Berkeley years ago.
They sold baked goods for 2.5X more to anyone that didn't identify as "white?"
"They sold baked goods for 2.5X more to anyone that didn't identify as "white?"
No, they actually broke it down by more than just "white" and "non-white" and charged Asians the most. Native Americans were not charged anything.
Here's a better picture of the pricing:
So they inadvertently and brilliantly illustrated the earnings differential for various races (except that thing with Asians made no sense), while trying to use this bake-sale (near a polling place) to protest affirmative action? Maybe I'm missing something, but it sure looks like they are proving the case for affirmative action.
In which case, I say "Good on ya!"
"earnings differential for various races (except that thing with Asians made no sense)"
"Asians" make more income on average "than" white, although wealth inequality within that group is larger. They also have a higher bar set for them when it comes to college admissions, simply for being "asian."
"they gave the option to pay the menu price."
And then "accidentally" dropped their food and spilled some bodily fluids on it as it was brought from the kitchen, as any good service worker would do if they feel they aren't getting their entitlements.
"Danni - Don't cry, they gave the option to pay the menu price.
I'll be honest, I don't pay $12.00 for lunch either. I carry a sandwich. $12.00 for lunch, 5 days a week; that's $60.00 per week. I guess I'm just too cheap for social experiments.
1 lb deli ham $3.99
1 lb deli beef $6.99
1 loaf of bread $1.99
jar of mayo $2.99
head of lettuce $.99
$18 a week and I eat better for lunch than any $12 takeout
#14 | Posted by sentinel
Entitlements? That was funny. They do it because they are just being stupid or because you are ticking them off in my experience. So if you are being a dink to a waitress or a cook for that matter - remember that.
#20, how do you know they're not getting ticked off if you don't "check your privilege" at a place like this one?
News flash. If you treat everyone with respect you wont have to worry about anything like this. If you treat someone who is working hard for a pittance as if they don't even deserve what they are paid you deserve what you get in return.
You get back what you give.
Things like this wont let it.
#8 | POSTED BY BOAZ
Yeah, because we all know ignoring a problem means it's gone away!
What a dumb experiment. There are so many factors involved in the disparity that breaking it down to an exchange of money for one product dumbs down the entire issue and only makes it worse, therefore ensuring it never gets better. If you want to generalize the situation so much, then let's do it across the board. Every service/product should be priced based on what someone makes instead of having established prices. Everyone who makes 2.5 times more than I do should be forced to pay 2.5 times as much. I know Dems would love this considering how much they love discriminating against anyone who either has more money then them or doesn't agree with them.
I know Dems would love this considering how much they love discriminating against anyone who either has more money then them or doesn't agree with them.
#24 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE AT 2018-03-08 12:24 PM | REPLY |
Some countries do this with legal fines. That way a speeding ticket hurts a rich person the same way it hurts a poor person. Rich people often feel they can ignore laws because the worst case scenario is writing a check which amounts to pocket change for them.
and none of the resident drudge freeloaders, including myself, would pay a wooden nickle more to Rcade for hosting this comfy longterm swell swillhole.
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