Joe’s Crab Shack is in hot water this week after two customers discovered an image of a lynching embedded in a dining table at a Roseville, Minnesota location of the seafood chain.

According to USA Today, the two diners, Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen, sat down at the restaurant and almost immediately noticed the obscene imagery, depicting a group of white people surrounding one hanging black man, titled “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas, on April 12th, 1895.” To make matters worse, there is a cartoonish caption at the top of the photo that reads, “All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo.”


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The restaurant attempted to offer Williams and Allen free food, but the two men left the restaurant as soon as they saw the picture.

“Although the manager was apologetic about the lynching depiction, that does not change the fact that this sickening image of black men being lynched was intentionally embedded inside of a table,” Williams said. “This type of blatant racism should not be tolerated in this country, or in our local and national eating establishments. I have felt sick to my stomach and stressed out since seeing that image on the table where I was planning to eat my food.”


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The Minneapolis NAACP demanded an apology from Joe’s Crab Shack’s corporate entity and the removal of any racist imagery that might be present in any of their other locations.

Joe’s Crab Shack did issue a three-sentence apology and has removed the table from the Roseville location. There has been no word on any other racist imagery at other locations of the restaurant.

[via USA Today]