Story from Dangerous by Chadwick Moore.
Last Wednesday Jalale left the gym to meet a couple of girlfriends for drinks and a bite to eat at a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. It was a casual send-off for a member of the trio who was leaving for London in a few days and Jalale, hair slightly disheveled after a workout, tossed on her Make America Great Again hat before entering the restaurant. They got a table on the rooftop and ordered a round of beers and some appetizers.
“We’re three black girls, all professionals, and one of my girlfriends says, ‘please don’t wear that hat. We don’t want any crap today,’” Jalale says, laughing. She took it off and set it on the table in front of her. Although her friends “absolutely hate Trump,” she says they still manage to put politics aside and get along. But a table of young men sitting next to Jalale also noticed the hat, and began antagonizing Jalale.
“They were saying I’m a disgrace, that I don’t know who I am, all this stuff as if they even know me,” Jalale, 30, says. “And I was digging deep into them to really get an understanding as to why they have so much hate for Trump. This happens all the time. Can I just wear a hat, please? I don’t want to deliver a political dissertation every time I leave my house. I just like Trump, O.K.?”
She says the exchange was civil and after they’d finished up and paid the ladies headed out, stopping off at the downstairs bar for a quick shot before going home. As they held their shot glasses an employee of the restaurant, called Cowboy Slims, barrelled down the stars, shouting at the women, “Hey! You’re cut off! Just because you were cut off upstairs doesn’t mean you can come downstairs to drink!” he yelled. The women looked at each other confused, believing he had mistaken them for another group. They’d only had one beer each earlier. “You either take the shot right now or get the hell out,” the man shouted, then snatched the glasses from their hands and began to escort the women to the door. At this time the group of men who’d engaged them earlier also came down the stairs and noticed the commotion.
“Oh, shit. It’s because of the hat, isn’t it?” one said, and the employee, who identified himself as a manager, nodded affirmatively and gave the man an approving hand gesture. The men then began pumping their fists and chanting, “Black power!”