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Tipping? Yeah, That's Racist

Jeff Katz
July 19, 2019 - 10:56 am

You know those times in a restaurant when you struggle to calculate the tip? Well, it turns out, you're probably racist for tipping in the first place.

An article in Poilitico Magazine argued for a $15 minimum wage by claiming that the alternative, tipping, actually has a "racist" history. The author, Dr. William Barber II, wrote, "this week, the House of Representatives will have a chance to end a pernicious legacy of slavery. Lawmakers will vote on the Raise the Wage Act, which would boost the minimum wage across the country to $15 an hour by 2024."

He also informs everyone, "you might not think of tipping as a legacy of slavery, but it has a far more racialized history than most Americans realize."

If you can bear it, read the full article here.