Friday, 24 March 2023

The Bevy in Race Row!

The Bevy, the nation's first community-run pub in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, has found itself embroiled in a race row following a post on their Facebook page by a person of colour who detailed their racist experience at the pub. In the post, the individual advised "every" person of colour, particularly Black people, "not to go to The Bevy."

The individual recounted experiencing microaggressions during their visit to the pub, such as being constantly greeted with fist bumps while their white companions received no such gestures. They were also stared at and disregarded when they asked questions.

The Bevy's management and board of Trustees have since responded, expressing their deep regret at the individual's experience and promising to investigate the situation. A spokesperson for The Bevy stated that they were taking the matter very seriously and that their manager would be in touch with the individual shortly.

This situation has caused shock waves throughout the community and is set to cause a serious public relations disaster for The Bevy. As a community-run pub, it is important that The Bevy remains committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the community. It is hoped that this incident will be thoroughly investigated and that appropriate measures will be taken to address any issues that arise.

However, the situation has now become even more controversial, with social media comments being made that suggest racism is being labelled towards Moulsecoomb residents. One individual, whose identity remains anonymous, made an offensive comment, stating, "You clearly have a problem with who you are and are what’s wrong with society. I suggest you go and get some help or education on what racism is if you ever want to reproduce."

In defence, the person claimed that people are refusing to acknowledge that racism exists in Moulsecoomb and around the world, despite the fact that it is prevalent. They argued that no one has the right to deny a victim's experience of racism, and that it is not 'Ashley's' job to educate or justify herself.

Another commenter expressed their support for 'Ashley', stating that it is not her job to educate others or justify herself, and that white people need to accept her experience of racism rather than questioning or dismissing it. They encouraged people to educate themselves on the topic of racism, and to stop questioning 'Ashley's' experience.

This controversy has the potential to cause serious embarrassment throughout the community, and there are growing concerns that The Bevy's reputation could be seriously damaged as a result. 

It is important for everyone to listen to and understand the experiences of those who have been victims of racism, and to take appropriate action to address any issues that arise. 

The Bevy has promised to investigate the matter thoroughly, and it is hoped that this incident will serve as a wake-up call to the community about the need to address racism and discrimination in all its forms.

The Bevy is a community-run pub located in the Moulsecoomb area of Brighton. It is known for being the first of its kind in the country, with the community owning and operating the pub. The project was initiated in response to the closure of the previous pub on the site, which left the community without a local gathering spot. The Bevy offers a wide range of drinks and food options, and also serves as a venue for events and activities that benefit the local community. It is managed by a group of volunteers, and has been successful in providing a social hub for the neighbourhood, as well as creating job opportunities for local residents.

The Bevy's chairman (and driving force in turning the Bevy dream into reality), is my mate Warren Carter. (His son was best friend's with my daughter growing up.)

Warren Carter is a prominent figure in Brighton and Hove, having been named one of the 100 most influential people in the area. Not only founding The Bevy, he is known for his work as the founder of the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden charity, which provides a space for young people to learn about nature and horticulture while also providing them with mentorship and guidance. Through this organization, Carter has helped many wayward children find purpose and direction in life.

In addition to his charitable work, Warren Carter is also a devoted follower of Slough football club. He is known for his unwavering support of the team, and is often seen attending their matches and cheering them on. Carter is admired for his dedication to his passions and his commitment to improving the lives of others in his community.

Its with this in mind, that any suggestion of racism being labelled towards The Bevy, will naturally be a concern for The Bevy's Trustee's, customers and partners.

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