The long-time manager, Kara Hammond, and Eric Wright, who managed Bar César in Oakland, are the new co-owners.
Much of the reaction to the recent Elmwood Café-Kamau Bell situation was a case study in victim blaming, and it begins with a lack of empathy.
W. Kamau Bell was not trying to shut down the Elmwood Cafe. He was highlighting how subtle microaggressions remind people of color that they are only conditionally welcomed.
The slight W. Kamau Bell experienced at the Elmwood Café does not rise to the level of racism. He just experienced several seconds of emotional agitation.
Messages left on the front of the Elmwood Café make plain how strongly people feel, in differing ways, about its closure. Meanwhile a prospective new owner is on the horizon.
The sudden closure of Berkeley’s Elmwood Café on Friday left many community members with questions. But there could be a future for the operation, the owner says.
Racism isn’t just a coffee shop problem. It is an America problem. And, as much as many people don’t want to admit it, Berkeley is in America.
The café closed suddenly, shutting down its social media pages and posting a brief note on the door, in a week when it had made headlines again for a racist incident in 2015.
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A Street Spirit vendor was struck in the face Saturday after he intervened to stop a hate incident between a lesbian family and a man described by police as a “nomad” on College.
On Thursday, eight Berkeley restaurants have committed to giving at least 15% of their proceeds to BUSD’s gardening and cooking program.