A South African waitress who was denied a tip from a black student because she is white has received more than $2,900 in donations from supporters.
When 24-year-old Ashleigh Schultz served Ntokozo Qwabe, a student at England's Oxford University, at Obz Cafe in Western Cape, South Africa, instead of a tip, she got a note on the receipt saying, “We will give tip when you return the land.”
On April 28, Qwabe, one of the leaders in the campaign to remove an imperialist Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford University, said online that he made Schultz cry “typical white tears,” leaving him “unable to stop smiling because something so black and wonderful had happened.”
Qwabe is a Rhodes scholar, which means he receives a scholarship to study at Oxford paid for from the estate of Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes was a 19th century British imperialist who served as South Africa's prime minister.
Qwabe said he and his friend -- a “radical non-binary trans black activist” -- had refused to pay the white woman a tip, instead leaving the note.
He wrote online: "She sees the note and starts shaking. It is irrelevant whether you personally have land/wealth or you don’t. Go to your fellow white people and mobilize for them to give us the land back.”
After the event, Qwabe has come under fire with many calling him a “racist bully.”
Schultz’s friends say she has been going through a rough patch ever since her mother was diagnosed with cancer, according to Metro.
“She has a very sick mother she cares for, and had to move [apartments] recently and is worried about all of this. She did burst into tears because she is having a tough time at present,” said one of her friends.
The incident has garnered so much attention that various online fundraisers have been set up to “tip the waitress,” according to Daily Mail. More than $2,900 has been pledged in Schultz’s name.
“This is so sweet of everyone that donated. That other idiot [Qwabe] still needs to be slapped though,” says Schultz’s friend, Stacey-Leigh Wood.
Charmaine Rowlands wrote: “I cannot believe an educated person -- educated with a ‘white racist’ grant by the way -- could stoop this low.”
“Please tell Ashleigh we, that is all South Africans who do not tolerate racism, stand with her and others who do an honest day’s work for next to nothing.”
Schultz could not be reached for comment.