Hapeville Restaurant Owner Accuses City Officials Of Racism With Controversial Sign

Joshua Patton believes his restaurant has not been allowed a liquor permit because of his black customers.

Patton and sign

Restaurant owner Joshua Patton is convinced his business has been denied a liquor permit by the city because of his primarily black clientele. Recognizing his right to the freedom of speech, Patton posted a sign atop an uncompleted building at the Castle Restaurant that ignited much controversy. Listing the name of the mayor and other city council members, it reads, “These citizens don’t want black people in Hapeville!”

Hapeville Sign

The sign accuses the mayor and several city officials by name. (source)

City Manager William Whitson issued the following statement in response to the sign, “The City of Hapeville is currently in litigation with the owner of the Castle (Mr. Patton) over a disputed administrative matter. It is very unfortunate that Mr. Patton has chosen to exercise his right of free speech in such an offensive manner to so many. However, we yield to his right to do so under the law and City has no further comment at this time.”

Patton intends to keep his sign posted until he receives his liquor permit.

Photo source.



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