A gay TikToker says in a viral video that he’s supposed to work alongside the restaurant’s only black waiter as a server for a Confederate meeting.
In a video that has over 1.1 million views, TikTok user Connor (@connorgee2022) shares his reaction with the group. He later shared the full story in a follow-up, saying he no longer works at the restaurant.
The restaurant in question is the Texas Music City Grill and Smokehouse in Tyler, Texas, which is said to have hosted a Sons of Confederate Veterans gathering.
According to its website, the organization is dedicated to “preserving the history and legacy” of Civil War veterans “so that future generations can understand the motives that enlivened the Southern cause.”
“We both thought, ‘No. We’re not taking this party. That’s an attitude. It’s a setup’”, Connor explains. “We get treated shitty and then don’t get tips and possibly hate crimes.”
As a result, Connor and his associate asked not to serve the party. The restaurant obliges.
“They are regulars there. They come once a month… and this damn place eats them up,” Connor continues. “You love her.”
Connor reiterated this in an Instagram message exchange with Daily Dot. He said the Sons of Confederate Veterans frequented the restaurant, but he “never saw what they would talk about.”
He said a second group, whose name he doesn’t know, “would be discussing how they wanted Texas to secede from the US.”
“Some of the things they talked about [included] Ban gay marriage,” he added.
Connor also said that in his experience, the restaurant’s management tolerated – and at times outright endorsed – these groups.
“I spoke to the owners and they actually agreed to the groups and invited them with open arms,” Connor said.
Occasionally customers would join them, he continued.
“If I would [hear from customers]there would actually be people who would like to join or learn more”, shared Connor.
Connor said he kept the job, although he disapproved of the restaurant’s patrons because he needed the money. But he said after repeated incidents, including a situation where one of his colleagues called him “the F-Slur,” he decided to quit.
As for the group that was guests at the restaurant, their website states: “The Sons of Confederate Veterans do not endorse acts or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry, and further condemn the misuse of their sacred symbols and flags in the conduct of the same.”
But The Sons of Confederate Veterans has drawn controversy in the past. In 2011, the Southern Poverty Law Center documented an event sponsored by the group, which proclaimed that “the South was right” and insisted that “there was no difference between Hitler’s invasion of France and Lincoln’s invasion of the South.” .
The group also made headlines after filing multiple lawsuits to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments.
Back on TikTok, users expressed their dissatisfaction with the events that took place in the video.
“I would quit right now. Why did they even allow this,” wrote one user.
“Her job was called ‘exposure therapy’ for everyone involved, frankly,” added another.
“Seems like a hostile work environment,” offered a third. “I would need compensation.”
The Daily Dot contacted Texas Music City Grill and Smokehouse via a contact form and emailed a representative from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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*Initial publication: November 24, 2022 at 1:55 pm CST
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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