Please change the name of your chain, it is 2020, not 1880. I'm still in disbelief there is a restaurant with that name! I remember them from back in the '70s and even then it was laughable and racist!
We don't want to close down the restaurant! We just want the owner to change the offensive name!
The owner claims that he is entitled to use the name because the restaurant & name has been in his family for so long. He also claims that because the name Sambos wasn't intentionally racist that he can still use it!
By 1957, the name Sambo already had a long and controversial history. Since as far back as the 1500s, the name had been used to denote a black man. By the 19th century, “Sambo” had become an archetypal degrading character in literature and minstrel shows. “Sambo, the typical plantation slave, was docile but irresponsible, loyal but lazy, humble but chronically given to lying and stealing,” historian Stanley Elkins wrote. “His behavior was full of infantile silliness and his talk inflated with childish exaggeration.” Education specialist Jessie Birtha explained that “the end man in the minstrel show, the stupid one who was the butt of all the jokes, was Sambo.”