High-stakes hush puppy truce brokered; Shrimp Boat, NAACP agree to work together


Finding common ground is increasingly less common in today's socially polarizing times, but that's exactly what the owners of the Shrimp Boat and the local chapter of the NAACP recently managed to do. 

According to a social media post from the local chapter of the NAACP on Friday afternoon, both sides sat down earlier this week in an effort to "seek resolution." Added the post: "During the demonstration last week, NAACP and the Shrimp Boat owners agreed on a date to sit down and seek resolution for the issues that have been brought up. They have agreed to diversity training, improving their customer relations, and being more active and visible in the community.

"We look forward to rebuilding the trust between the African-American community and Shrimp Boat of Milledgeville."

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The dispute dates back to Aug. 28, when local lady Shirley Young, who is African-American, posted a Facebook video about a negative experience she had at the restaurant. Young posted several follow-up videos after that, and the local chapter of the NAACP picked up her cause. In a press release from last week, the NAACP called for an Oct. 15 boycott "amid allegations of discrimination and poor customer service." Although there were no racial slurs or racialized language during her visit to the Shrimp Boat, the NAACP wrote in the press release that Young later "did receive an apology from the manager."

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