You know what my real problem with this entire situation is? Well yeah, the blatant racism and undying stupidity of the people that still perpetuate it obviously, but even more so than that. My problem is that Chelsea, despite going viral as a societal virus, doesn't have to deal with nearly as much backlash as she should after posting the most offensive of terms on social media for all to read. Clearly the restaurant had to fire her for their own sake, but can you imagine how much more of a punishment it would have been if they didn't?
Could you imagine if they kept Chelsea on staff and made her continue to wait the tables of patrons that could potentially know her as "the racist waitress from the internet"? Talk about awkward. She could never again serve a single black person without a lump in her throat the entirety of the meal. The overwhelming anxiety of not knowing whether the people recognized her or not would easily be enough to make her tiny little brain unravel. It would be like the never ending racist version of the feeling you get when you're talking to the person you've lied to but aren't sure whether they've caught you in that lie. She'd legit never have another comfortable day at work the entirety of tenure at Cheddar's. Paranoia every time the door opens. Heart sinking every time someone so much at directs their gaze in her direction. Crippling fear every time an African American asked to be seated. She'd probably think she was being threatened every time someone signaled for the check. Her working conditions would make sweatshop laborers - that she likely doesn't view as real people - look like they were living the high life. Sure, it would probably result in violence and end extremely poorly at some point, but making her feel the excruciating pain of the unknown and/or the shame that comes with being a social pariah in a public place would be so, SO worth it.