Flag Pole- It appears that the Confederate-themed downtown Athens bar General Beauregard’s offers a drink with a name that includes a censored racial slur, outraging local social-media users after an image of a recipe sheet was posted to Facebook on Monday.
The sheet includes a shot called a “N*****ita” (the asterisks are part of the name), which includes two parts tequila, one part watermelon liqueur and a splash of sour mix.
Given that, until recently, General Beauregard’s prominently displayed the Confederate flag, and that loving watermelon unfortunately remains a common stereotype of African Americans, we’re pretty sure that the drink in question isn’t a “Naggerita.”
A local print-shop employee (who asked not to be named) told Flagpole he spotted the drink name when a General Beauregard’s employee brought in five sheets of drink-making instructions to be laminated. Angry about the offensive name, he said he snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook. He later deleted the photo, but not before it spread online.
You know what I have learned when I turned 21 nearly 9 years ago? That everyone has their own favorite type of place to drink booze. Some prefer the club atmosphere. Some prefer the casual setting of a sports bar. Some prefer the peace provided to them by a quaint little speakeasy. It appears others even prefer the bigotry and prejudice they can find in a confederate themed racist bar in Athens, Georgia. Here's the thing, there's nothing wrong with that. Well, let me clarify, EVERYTHING they stand for is wrong, but the fact that they have a local watering hole that they can stop in and be themselves is not. Racists gotta drink too, and call me crazy, but I would rather they gather up and do so together then to disperse themselves throughout normal establishments that inhabit rational people that realize everyone is equal.
Does that mean they have the right to use a stereotypical African American flavor to make their blatantly racist drink? No, of course it doesn't. However, racist people are going to making racist jokes regardless, so let's just leave them be to do so in front of their own peers. You know how many black people have been in 'General Beauregard's'? None. Zip. Zero. That's why the only person at fault here is the guy that snapped a photo of this menu and put it on the internet. If anything, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the picture. I would have bet my life a bunch of Klan members weren't censoring themselves with asterisks. Those damn racists surprise me every time. Regardless, no black people would have seen this obvious case of racism if this guy didn't feel some fraudulent obligation to use a 'Black Lives Matter' hashtag. Now this place will inevitably face backlash, possibly get shut down, and you'll have a bunch of old, drunk, racist, white dudes roaming the streets looking for a new place to sit down and have a cold one. A new place that undoubtedly doesn't frown upon black business. I'm sure that will go over smoothly. Couldn't just leave the racists alone in their little shithole racist bar, making racist jokes, with their racist friends. Had to upset the delicate balance by going viral when you could have just taken comfort in the fact that the only racists in your town were all in one place. The fact of the matter is that you probably could have guessed that the place cluttered wit confederate flags had a drink called the "n****rita", but some things are better left unseen. Offensive jokes aren't offensive if they aren't made in front of someone that is going to get offended, but I guess we'll just leave it to the white Twitter activist to determine what gets broadcasted to a wider audience. He's the real authority on the matter.