About Two Dozen People Protest Outside Waffle House Headquarters
About two dozen people protested outside of Waffle House’s headquarters in Norcross Friday. During the event, protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “No waffles, no hash browns. Until we get justice shut it down.”
The protest and call for a national boycott comes after the viral video of the arrest of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons. Clemons, who is black, was slammed to the ground and arrested by three white officers at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama. Her breasts were exposed in the process.
Community advocacy groups, like Street Peace America and Gwinnett’s NAACP, and other concerned citizens met with Waffle House management on Monday. They left the meeting frustrated with how the Atlanta based restaurant chain responded to the incident.
Waffle House said in a statement that it was still investigating incidents surrounding the arrest but that it stood by its employees’ decision to call the police.
The groups issued a number of demands to Waffle House. They ranged from asking company to speak out against how Clemons was treated to more diversity training for employees.