McDonalds - Bah Humbug!!!! - Part 2
Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Tucson civil rights activist Carmela Confesor has one and it is to get to the bottom of the alleged racial discrimination charge that the Los Alamos McDonald’s restaurant refused to service to members of a middle school basketball team from the Santa Fe Indian School because they are Indian.
The story originally appeared in “The Shadow Warrior News”(affiliated with the Oyate Music Corporation owned and operated by NAI) on December 22nd which was passed on to me by Annie of Native Celebs and was posted on “Native Unity”, December 23rd.
Charges of racial discrimination should be taken very seriously and not be made as a prank or a ruse to get even with an individual or business. I tried to contact the original source of the story – The Shadow Warrior News – to get more information, but my e-mail was not answered. The site does not list an e-mail address for a contact person other than an address to begin a subscription for their newspaper. I probably have become a subscriber.
Later that day, I received the following message from Carmela: “Dear Bobbie – I read Annie’s submitted article to “Native Unity” about the alleged racist incident at the Los Alamos, NM McDonalds restaurant so I sent off an e-mail to Mcdonald’s corporate headquarters and asked them for information about the incident.”
“Got my answer a few minutes ago. They said they do not discuss with anyone rumors of what may have happened, end of message. I’ve got news for McDonalds — Carmela Confesor does not take “NO” for an answer from anyone. She writes, “Guess they think I will go away - NOPE!”
Carmela has also tried to e-mail the Warrior News with no success, so she has called Oyate Music Hdqs. and asked them to return her call. She has made some progress with McDonalds through an e-mail from a person from their Customer Response Center. They report they do not condone any type of racial intolerance by their employees and stated they are going to immediately look into the alleged incident.
You don’t mess with Carmela Confesor. She has a powerful ally in Tucson – Jobs with Justice. “We carry some weight around here,” she said., “and can protest and picket all of the McDonalds in Tucson just like we did for a year with Taco Bell because of their discrimination against tomato pickers.” JWJ also has affiliates all over the country.
“It’s the apathetic public that makes it so hard on victims of racial discrimination,“ Carmela added. So, let’s start the New Year on a positive note and clear up the “McDonald’s - Bah Humbug!!!” incident. Was this for real or someone’s idea of a Christmas joke?.
Dear Bobbie: Here is what I just received. Well, it shows that this did happen. Its all true and we are going to continue with Jobs with Justice to make sure this will not happen again. I am not going to respond to McDonalds right now. We will respond on letterhead from Jobs. To think that it did happen bothers me a lot. Will continue to keep in touch with you about this. Love Carmela
Hello Carmela: Thank you for contacting McDonald's to share your concern regarding an allegation of discrimination in Los Alamos, NM. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concern.First and foremost, McDonald's values the diversity of all of our customers. McDonald's is committed to 100 percent customer satisfaction for each and every customer with every visit.
In light of that dedication and in response to the customer complaint, McDonald's and the restaurant owner/operator are working with the School District Superintendent, as well as other school officials to provide a resolution that will benefit the children of the community.
Again, thank you for taking the time to contact McDonalds.