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Hispanic Restaurant Owners To Host 'White Appreciation Day'

| by Lisa Fogarty
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The Hispanic owners of a barbecue restaurant in Milliken, Colorado, say they will host a "White Appreciation Day" next month and plan to offer all Caucasian customers 10 percent discounts on their meals. 

Edgar Antillon and Miguel Jimenez are the new owners of Rubbin Buttz BBQ on Broad Street, who say the event started off as a joke, but is something they feel needs to happen in order to open up discussions about race and encourage people to think differently about it, reports USA Today.

"We have a whole month for black history month," Antillon told USA Today. "We have a whole month for Hispanic heritage month, so we thought the least we could do is offer one day to appreciate white Americans."

On June 11, the restaurant will welcome white Americans to take advantage of its 10 percent off special -- which is only being offered to Caucasian patrons.

Antillon, who is a firearms instuctor who heads the organization Guns for Everyone, said he is aware that "people will try to politicize the [expletive] out of it" but that "it's simply a day to celebrate White Heritage, like I celebrate my Mexican heritage on September 16th (Mexican Independence), and celebrate my American heritage on July 4th," reports the Washington Times.

In addition to stirring up controversy, the restaurant owners are also opening themselves up to the possibility of a lawsuit, according to Jennifer McPherson of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

"If someone felt like they were being discriminated against, they could come to the civil rights division and file a complaint in our office, and we would investigate that," McPherson told 9 News. 

Sources: USA Today, Washington Times, 9 News

Photo Credit: 9 News