A black man was kicked out of an upscale sushi restaurant in Atlanta on Tuesday for wearing tennis shoes even though a white woman wearing sneakers were allowed to dine there.
After the video went viral, Atlanta-based rapper TI called for a boycott of the restaurant, forcing the owner to apologize for the incident.
The viral video of the incident showed William Johnson, who was wearing a pair of Nike Air Force One sneakers, arguing with Umi Sushi’s manager at Buckhead after he was asked to leave even though he and his wife were Pre-order birthday at 5:15 pm.
After the manager asked Johnson to leave because of his shoes, he pointed out that a woman sitting at a nearby bar was also wearing a pair of sneakers.
Johnson said in the video: “This is pure racism, she has on Adidas”;. ‘That’s not right.’
A black man identified in the video as William Johnson seen above was asked to leave Umi Sushi, a restaurant in Atlanta, on Tuesday.
Johnson was asked to leave after he entered the restaurant wearing a pair of Nike Air Force One sneakers
Johnson notes that a white woman sitting at a nearby bar is wearing Adidas sneakers (above)
After videos of Tuesday’s incident went viral, Atlanta-based rapper TI posted a message on his Instagram on Thursday calling for a restaurant boycott.
Rapper TI wrote: ‘I see we will have to shut down Umi Sushi like we did in Houston!’ Houston alluded to a restaurant in Atlanta that went out of business after claiming it discriminated against black customers. TI led a restaurant boycott
‘What’s the difference?’ Johnson was heard repeatedly asking the manager as they stood in the middle of the restaurant arguing.
‘How crazy is that?’ he said in the video. ‘She wears Adidas sneakers.’
The manager then replied that the woman was wearing ‘sneakers’.
‘You can wear Adidas but you can’t wear Nikes?’ Johnson said.
“Your lord, please leave,” the manager told him.
“No, I want to talk right here,” he replied. ‘This is something you brought on yourself.’
The manager denied that racism was the reason the couple were kicked out.
Kaylan Colbert, Johnson’s wife works as an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, is documenting the controversy, which has been going on for about 10 minutes.
Another employee came to speak to Johnson.
“We can figure out something if you can step outside,” said the employee. ‘Find an intermediate point.’
Johnson replied: ‘I tried to be calm. I tried [find a middle ground]. ”
During outside discussion, Johnson tried to get an answer from one of the staff members, who told him that Air Force One sneakers were not allowed.
He then confronted the owner, Farshid Arshid, who told him that Adidas and Nike shoes were against dress code.
After Johnson was kicked out of the restaurant, he ran into the owner, Farshid Arshid, in the restaurant’s parking lot.
Arshid told Johnson that Air Force One sneakers were not allowed. The two men almost erupted into a misunderstanding regarding Johnson’s wife, Kaylan Colbert, who filmed the incident.
Arshid told Johnson: “No Adidas, no Nikes. ‘We don’t have sneakers.’
But when Johnson invited Arshid to the bar where the white woman wearing Adidas was sitting, he declined.
‘I won’t argue, no Air Force, done!’ Arshid said before leaving.
Colbert then said to her husband: ‘Oh, wow … You’re a bastard at the end of the day.’
Arshid was astonished, thinking that Colbert directed racial humiliation on him.
‘Can you see what I’m wearing?’ The agitated Arshid told Colbert as he took several steps in her direction while pointing at his own Nike sneakers.
At this point, Johnson stepped in front of Arshid, yelling at him within inches: ‘I don’t know what you’re wearing!’
‘Backup! Don’t go with my wife! ‘Johnson said angrily to Arshid.
Arshid told Johnson that he insulted that Colbert called him word n, although she corrected him and said she directed those remarks to her husband.
During the chaos, the restaurant manager and another employee try to restrain the two when Johnson shows up to threaten Arshid.
Arshid then warned Johnson that he would call the police, though Johnson replied that he was not afraid to go to jail.
“I can buy it my way,” Johnson told Arshid. ‘I’m not afraid of prison. So don’t try me. ”
Colbert then reminded Arshid that ‘a lot of black people came here’ came to the restaurant and that ‘we went here and spent thousands of dollars.’
“Not anymore,” Arshid told Colbert.
When Arshid left, he appeared to mock Johnson, saying: ‘Look at me. Look at you. ‘
The two once again approached, appearing as if they were about to fight.
“You don’t want to go there with me,” Arshid told Johnson.
At this point, Colbert urged her husband to leave the restaurant and go home.
As they continued to argue, Arshid threatened to arrest the Johnson couple.
“They’re going to jail tonight,” he said.
Colbert then told Arshid that she was a former prosecutor.
“I don’t mind, I really don’t,” she said. ‘I am a lawyer. I can handle it. ‘
Johnson told Arshid: ‘I’m not interested in jail. It is about right and wrong. ”
After the incident went viral, calls for a restaurant boycott increased, which seemed to prompt Arshid to contact TI, the Atlanta-based rapper.
On Thursday, TI posted a message on Instagram saying: ‘I have become aware of some injustice that needs our immediate attention. We come. ”
The caption ends with the hashtags #YouViolateWeDemonstrate.
Later on Thursday, TI posted a video on his Instagram showing him meeting the restaurant owner and his brother.
The photo on Instagram included the message: ‘I see we will have to shut down Umi Sushi like we did in Houston!’
Houston alluded to a restaurant in Atlanta that went out of business after claiming it discriminated against black customers. TI led a restaurant boycott.
Then on Thursday, TI posted a video on its Instagram showing he was meeting the restaurant owner and his brother.
“They apologized and they knew they understood the failure in the way they responded to the problem the day before,” he said.
‘They are interested in finding ways to become more diverse … They understand that our culture is going down and they understand that.
‘They don’t want to alienate or boycott our culture.’
TI added: ‘So we have to find a way to show them we can work together to come up with a solution.’
Colbert told FOX 5 TV they had no problem with the dress code, which appeared to prohibit customers from wearing sneakers.
Colbert said she and her husband feel frustrated that the dress code is not being applied consistently to all customers.
She said: “When we went out, my husband noticed a woman at a bar wearing tennis shoes and that was when it all went up in smoke because there are no rules for some people. just for others.
Colbert added: ‘I’ve been there many times.
‘The COVID situation that we had about four times and spent a lot of money there in the past is supposed to be like a high-class restaurant. “
Despite dress codes, Colbert said she and her husband ate a meal at the restaurant even though he wore sneakers.
Colbert (seen above) states that the couple have no problems with the dress code, but it is not consistently applied.
Restaurants post their own dress code on website and on site (see above)
“If you’re going to have rules, they should apply to everyone, not just some,” she said.
Arshid, tell FOX 5 that he regrets how he handled the situation.
“This was a complete failure in our operations, 100% a failure in performance,” Arshid said.
‘When they’re upset, we should investigate that.’
Arshid says that he contacted the couple personally, though they will not guarantee going back to the restaurant for a meal.
“We have seen this in the news several times recently,” Colbert said.
‘Nobody wants to feel that way. Nobody wants to feel like they can’t get to certain places. ”