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New Orleans Restaurant Charges White Customers More Than People of Color

This restaurant aims to help people understand the underlying issue of racial wealth disparity.

You can say that food is a common language among us people. That this great equalizer can get individuals to sit down and enjoy a meal, opening a possibility of conversation. Interestingly, a restaurant from New Orleans, Louisiana is trying to incorporate the significance of food in their rates in hopes to raise awareness on racial wealth disparity.

The pop-up restaurant called Saartj does this by simply asking white customers to pay $18 more compared to people of color. This rate is applicable for the same meal eaten by customers in the diner.

This restaurant in NOLA is charging white customers more for the same meal than people of color.

Source: Tunde Wey
Chef Tunde Wey is the brainchild of the social experiment and is also the owner of the restaurant.

Source: Tunde Wey

Nigerian-born Tunde Wey’s restaurant offers customers a Nigerian vegetarian menu. It includes the likes of fermented cassava dumpling and fried plantains, with the latter being the restaurant’s bestseller. Wey’s project, albeit experimental, aims to bring attention to the disparity involving white and black in America, most especially in New Orleans.

A few years ago the median household income for African-American households in NOLA metropolitan area was reportedly around 54 percent, something that is lower than in white households. The restaurant’s official website explains:

Each day we offered a single lunch plate with two pricing options; a standard price of $12 and a suggested price of $30.

The standard price was available to all customers, while the suggested price was offered to white customers. The pricing differential represents the wage disparity between black and white households in New Orleans.

Interestingly, the profit earned from the project will be evenly distributed to customers of color, offering the cash directly to them. It is worth noting that Wey, according to him, did not intend to promote the restaurant just to acquire a natural response from customers. Rather, he will be presenting the data accumulated at a NOLA town hall meeting.

White customers are asked to pay $18 more for the meal they order.

Source: Tunde Way

So far, Saartj’s social experiment has returned with good results, as 78 percent of the white guests chose to pay the aforementioned price. Still, the study proves that white guilt is a huge factor.

This one here shows the huge difference of median wealth between whites and blacks.

Source: Tunde Wey

He was quoted as saying:

Refusing to pay more comes off as anti-social and people don’t want to be judged for that. People look on the other side of the till and see me standing there and they’re thinking that I’m judging them.

Wey also revealed that if white customers could not pay a higher amount, they would give him a list of caveats why they simply could not. As of this writing, there were only six individuals of color who signed up to get their share of the money. There were also black people who were willing to pay $30 more, while some insisted that they did not really need the money.

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Company Offers Cash Incentives For Employees Who Bike Their Way To Work

Exercise plus some extra cash? This is a winner!

Riding a bicycle to work comes with many great benefits. Aside from giving your body some much-needed exercise, biking also makes it possible for you to save money since you wouldn’t have to spend money on gas or fare.

As if all those reasons weren’t convincing enough, a small company from Christchurch, New Zealand is now offering cash incentives to encourage more of their people to use bikes on a regular basis.

Creative and advertising agency Make Collective is offering $5 to $10 for employees who ride bikes going to work.

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According to Stuff, Christchurch-based firm Make Collective gives a $5 bonus for employees who bike to and from work. What’s more, the amount doubles to $10 if they bike more than half their annual work days....

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7 Deadly and Most Dangerous Foods In The World

Are you an adventurous eater?

There’s such a thing as an adventurous eater - or someone who likes to taste new food every chance they get. It’s appreciating exotic eats and ditching the usual meals you know you like. Are you an adventurous eater? If so, are you willing to eat some of the world’s deadliest and most dangerous foods?

To many, it’s strange that these deadly eats can actually be called food. Yet, many people still choose to eat them because of their unique taste. Others do it for the sake of adventure; some because it’s part of their culture. A few, however, go for it because there’s no choice. Here are seven of the most dangerous eats from around the world.

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7 of the Most Beautifully Secluded Structures in the World

Talk about peace and quiet.

No man is an island, it's often said. But for some people, isolation is the key to living the life they want. The recluse are often misunderstood, but there can be beauty in solitary living.

The structures we list below, for example, prove that quiet living, away from the main population, can be beautiful despite its challenges. Have a look at seven of the most secluded structures in the world that have become home for some people.

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