Community angry after Philly restaurant changes its racist name

Yes, you read that right. A restaurant owner changes his establishment's name FROM a racist term, TO something generic, and the community flips out.

For 64 years, the sign “Chink’s Steaks” hung overhead the steak shop, but in March the owner Joe Groh decided it was finally time to drop it in favor of “Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop.” The original name came from the founder of the steak shop, Sam Sherman, who was called “chink” as a kid because he had "almond eyes."

The name-change has drawn particular fury from locals, who insisted the old name was never racist, but a term of endearment. Hmmm. Let's ask Asian-Americans or Chinese-Americans whether they agree with that assessment.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Groh has seen 10 percent and 15 percent drop in sales the past two months and repeated bouts of vandalism with “Chink’s” painted on the sidewalk and window. In March, an online petition to keep the old name drew 10,000 signatures. Groh has defended his decision to rename the place. “It’s 2013,” he said. “It was time to do it.”

We tend to believe that a racist term used in an "endearing way" is still a racist term. The owner gets it. What the heck is going on with the community? 

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