August 17, 2014 5:46 pm -

An Australian man born in Brazil was denied a job at a Sydney cafe because he’s black.


Patrons of the Forbes and Burton café in Darlinghurst, inner city Sydney, were stunned to hear Nilson Dos Santos, an Australian citizen, had been turned down for the job because the owner ‘only wanted locals’.


[su_r_sky_ad]In incredible scenes, after being told by the cafe owner, who would only give his name as ‘Steven’, that he was not right for the job, Mr Dos Santos, 39, stood up and addressed the other customers at about 1.30pm on Sunday and told them why he had been turned down and asked if they would have a problem being served by a black man.

In a sign of solidarity, many walked out – and a staff member even quit on the spot.

This also sparked outrage among customers who took to social media and urged others to boycott the cafe.

Steven, from Shanghai, China, who confirmed he was the owner, admitted to Daily Mail Australia that the fact Mr Dos Santos was black was the reason he didn’t give him the job.

‘There are a lot of white customers at the café and I think the clients here want local people, not African people,’ said Steven, who arrived in Australia from China this year.

‘We need to offer good service at this café and I think the coffee culture is more about white people.’

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

18 responses to ‘My Customers Are White. I Don’t Think They Want Their Coffee Made By Black People’

  1. bpollen August 17th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    ‘There are a lot of white customers at the café and I think the clients here want local people”

    If that were true, why would they frequent an establishment owned by a man from China?

    • Smooth August 17th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Rephrase….a Chinaman!

      • bpollen August 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        Thank you for your enthusiasm, but I’ll do my own rephrasing when needed…. If someone says something is an ethnic slur, I try not to use it.!

    • ChrisVosburg August 17th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      why would they frequent an establishment owned by a man from China?

      So they can holler “Oi! Cookie Boy! Where’s me bleedin tea?”

  2. juicyfruityyy August 17th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Maybe, it is the owner that is racist. Not the customers.

    • whatthe46 August 18th, 2014 at 1:31 am

      that was quite clear given their response. well done Aussies!

  3. DD August 17th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Racism rearing its ugly head down under. I was very glad to read that several customers left and an employee quit immediately upon hearing this. I am also glad that Mr.Dos Santos stood up for himself and let the cafe’s clientele know that it was owned by a racist pig. Way to go Mate!!

  4. Tommy6860 August 17th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I guess it’s lost on him that maybe he’s not white, in the sense in which he uses his bigotry. Maybe I wouldn’t want a Chinese owner of a coffee shop making my coffee since they are specialists in tea, and coffee is a white man’s beverage.

    See how that stereotype works?

    Oh by the way, I like my coffee black.

    • Lorraine Easterling August 17th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Well said!!!!

  5. Larry Schmitt August 17th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    It’s amusing that he doesn’t see the irony in the reason he gives for not hiring Mr. Dos Santos.

    • whatthe46 August 18th, 2014 at 1:30 am

      right? i busted out laughing at this ignorant a** wipe.

  6. Guy Lauten August 17th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Just points out the rampant racism in the Chinese culture. It is so deeply rooted this man has no idea of the contradiction he is exhibiting.

  7. majii August 18th, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Damn! If only I had known that “the coffee culture is more about white people,” I would have stopped ordering coffee in restaurants years ago!

  8. Bunya August 18th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I know whenever I walk into a Starbucks, I refuse to be served by a Chinese guy. It seems like whenever I’m served by somebody of Chinese descent, a half hour later, I’m thirsty for another latte.

  9. Gitte August 19th, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I don’t care who makes my coffee as long as they can make good coffee.

  10. allison1050 August 19th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    And that Chinese owner wants to believe that those same white customers prefer to have Him who drinks tea make their coffee?? lol! the fool.

  11. Rose Mine August 19th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I don’t give a crap what color the person behind the counter is or what religion or sexual orientaion. If they are clean, respectful and easy to talk to (personality wise, don’t care if they speak English.), I couldn’t care less. It’s the being that counts, not societal opinion, that makes the person. People need to get over themselves and the opinions of those hateful few.

  12. Nina Harris August 22nd, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    The tricky part about judging minorities about racism against other minorities is that you’ve got to realize (not that it’s good) they are so scared of racism against themselves, they they are often WAY too willing to toss somebody else under the bus, to look like they agree with what they see (and often is) the predominate culture’s racism. Like, “hey, I think all these people are racist against black people, so maybe if I am too, they’ll think I’m more like them.” There are even black people (Don Lemon) who side with majority culture in order to further their own personal agenda and gain. That’s why racism is so bad, it’s not a war with any us against them. It’s an us against us and them against them and them against us. Very messy and ingrained. And certain minority are close enough to the cusp of being granted some form of “white status” that they are tempted to do so. Latinos and black are so far away from that status that we rarely are tempted to toss each other under the bus. LOL.