Black Lives Matter activists gathered near Carmine’s restaurant in New York City and slammed its ‘racist’ management after three black women visiting from Texas allegedly assaulted a hostess who asked for proof of vaccination.
BLM protesters chanted ‘F*** you, Carmine’s’ and ‘Carmine’s are racist’ outside the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Monday night – four days after the altercation.
They also demanded that the restaurant release closed-circuit surveillance footage of the incident. Carmine’s management was accused of ‘trying to cover up their employee’s actions by using the vaccination passport as an excuse.’
The restaurant responded by releasing the footage, which shows the three women accost the hostess even though it did not appear that she provoked them. The footage was first obtained by NY1.
The three black Texas women – Kaeita Rankin, 44, her niece Tyonnie Keshay Rankin and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, – were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief.
They allege a restaurant employee used the N-word, sparking their anger and leading to the altercation.
BLM protesters supporting the women claim the hostess ‘lunged’ at the three tourists from Texas and that she was disrespectful.
The three were given desk appearance tickets and ordered to appear in court on October 5.
A Black Lives Matter protester holds a sign near the entrance to Carmine’s restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Monday
BLM protesters chanted ‘F*** you, Carmine’s’ and ‘Carmine’s are racist’ outside the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Monday night
Hawk Newsome (left), a co-founder of BLM’s New York chapter, speaks during the protest
‘After she (the hostess) dropped the N-bomb, the three women did a double take and followed her out the restaurant,’ Newsome said. ‘And that’s the melee you saw.’
The three women were seen in a video allegedly attacking the restaurant hostess , who is Asian, after their vaccination cards were questioned said they were racially profiled and called the n-word.
The trio have claimed their unnamed 24 year-old hostess was actually the aggressor, and have called for her to be fired.
During the incident, restaurant staff jumped in to defend their coworker, who was left with bruises and scratches, with footage of the brawl making headlines across the United States.
Since then, lawyers for the women and the restaurant exchanged words, and Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of BLM’s New York chapter, announced plans to stage a protest.
‘After she (the hostess) dropped the N-bomb, the three women did a double take and followed her out the restaurant,’ Newsome said.
‘And that’s the melee you saw.’
‘This vaccination card mandate to create more Sandra Blands, and more Breonna Taylors, it ends here,’ said BLM organizer Kimberly Bernard.
‘Consider yourself served. Cancel Carmine’s!’
Newsome’s comments were reported by Fox News Channel.
‘Listen, vaccine is a choice, it’s a choice,’ Newsome said.
‘You shouldn’t exclude people from everyday activities because they choose not to engage in something they have every reason to doubt.’
Jeffrey Bank, the owner of the restaurant, released a statement saying that the surveillance footage shows the assailants started the brawl without justification and were ‘entirely unprovoked.’
‘This video footage makes clear that the women’s Texan criminal defense attorney is heaving falsehoods to try to get his clients off the hook for their attack,’ Bank said.
‘It also makes clear Carmine’s staff acted appropriately and professionally.’
Three women from Texas punched and beat a hostess at Carmine’s Restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Thursday after she asked for their proof of vaccination to dine indoors
Carmine’s staff, right, assisted by another person, jumped in to separate one of the attackers from the 24-year-old host
One of Carmine’s managers, left, confronted the women who attacked her employee. The women complained that they were not being allowed inside
Texas civil rights lawyer Justin Moore told Daily News, ‘This hostess clearly has some anger management issues and unfortunately her aggression and her violence led to something that three Black women are being punished for.’
A lawyer for Carmine’s denied the Texas women’s accusation.
‘Any claim that they were racially profiled is a complete fabrication, disingenuous, and outright irresponsible,’ the lawyer, Carolyn Richmond, told The Daily News.
The hostess ‘refused service to these women and got hostile with them,’ Moore said in a statement on Friday.
‘The injuries that she received were incurred by her being physically restrained by other staff at Carmine’s after she was called out for racial discrimination, which she took offense to.’
The civil rights lawyer said the women were leaving when someone – it’s unclear who – called them the n-word and claimed the hostess was the aggressor by ‘lunging’ at Rankin.
‘The hostess is apparently poorly trained to deal with patrols and has obvious issues with black women and has a disregard for women of color,’ Moore said.
Carmine’s released a statement on Monday denying that racism had anything to do with the altercation
Carmine’s, which has two locations in New York City as well as outposts in spots including Las Vegas, is known for large servings of pasta and other Italian dishes.
The restaurant has been following the city’s rule requiring proof of vaccination for indoor restaurant dining, which has been in effect since August 17 but is only just being enforced as of this week.
‘Last week’s violence against our staff had nothing to do with race, despite a Texas criminal defense lawyer’s false assertions to the contrary,’ the restaurant said in a statement.
‘Three of our hosts who are respectively Black, Latinx, and Asian American women did their best to welcome a large party while enforcing New York’s vaccination requirement for indoor dining.
‘We require that every guest show evidence of vaccination to eat inside.
‘Unfortunately, some male members of the party were unable to provide vaccination proof and so could not enter the restaurant.
‘Three female guests in the party who had shown proof of vaccination and been welcomed into the restaurant without issue then launched an entirely unprovoked, brutal attack on our hosts, one of whom continues to suffer from a concussion.’
The statement added: ‘None of the attackers offered any reason for their attack. None of the hosts – all of whom are people of color – uttered a racial slur.
‘None of the attackers mentioned anything about race to our managers, staff, or the police who arrested them, and the Texas criminal defense lawyer’s false assertion otherwise is a deeply cynical ploy to try to excuse wanton violence.’
New York City has some of the most restrictive COVID-19 rules.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured third from left) had to eat pizza outside on the street in New York City on Sunday because he is unvaccinated
The photo of Bolsonaro and his inner circle of advisers eating pizza on the sidewalk went viral on social media
Bolsonaro, who claims he is unvaccinated against coronavirus , and his ministers had pizza slices and sodas in the middle of the street on Sunday as they arrived in-person for the United Nations General Assembly meeting
Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio imposed a mandate requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination to enjoy indoor activities like dining, concerts, movies and convention centers.
Businesses had a grace period, which ended on September 13, to begin implementing vaccine checkpoints before facing $1,000 fines.
Mask rules have remained largely relaxed, although New Yorkers must still wear them on public transport and in health settings, with individual businesses also permitted to impose a mandatory face-covering rule if they wish.
Last month de Blasio said every Department of Education employee must receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27 in efforts to stop the hyper-contagious Delta variant spread through the city.
He did not offer the option of a weekly test instead.
City data showed that only 28 percent of black city residents between the ages of 18 and 44 are fully vaccinated, compared to 49 percent of Hispanics, 52 percent of whites, and 82 percent of Asians in the same age group.
Since New York announced its vaccine mandate, New Orleans and San Francisco have issued similar orders for patrons and staff of indoor businesses.
The US currently has an almost 149,000 weekly average of new cases and the death toll has reached 673,000.
The mandate applies even to world leaders, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
The leader of the world’s sixth most populous country was forced to eat pizza on a Manhattan sidewalk on Sunday after he was refused indoor dining service due to his refusal to get vaccinated.
Bolsonaro and several of his key government ministers arrived in-person for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
The photo of Bolsonaro and his inner circle of advisers eating pizza on the sidewalk went viral on social media.
New York City’s health commissioner informed the General Assembly president-elect Abdulla Shahid that UNGA would be covered by a local law requiring proof of vaccination for indoor venues.
A drunken woman, branded as ‘Karen,’ in California attacked a restaurant worker for not wearing a mask. Karen herself was maskless when she attacked a restaurant supervisor. When no one responded to her commands, she grabbed a bottle of cleaning spray off the counter and sprayed it in the worker’s face before finally leaving the restaurant
Already indicative of clashes is Bolsonaro, who says he is not vaccinated but has antibodies from a COVID-19 infection last year.
His in-person attendance at UNGA defies the New York City vaccine requirement and the honor system it implemented for attendees.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called the requirement ‘discriminatory’ and said he was ‘surprised and disappointed’ by the idea of requiring proof of vaccination to enter the General Assembly Hall.
Nebenzia claimed the rule is contrary to the 1947 agreement between the US and the UN that establishes the world body’s international status.
After pushback on the requirement, Shahid walked back in a new letter on Thursday: ‘I would like to advise delegations that the honor system related to vaccinations … remains in place.’
The incident at Carmine’s wasn’t the only vaccine-related violence to take place on Thursday.
A drunken woman branded as a ‘Karen’ in California attacked a restaurant worker for not wearing a mask.
That woman was maskless when she attacked a restaurant supervisor and demanded she wear a mask and let her check her vaccination card, yelling at the woman: ‘You don’t f***ing deserve your f***ing job.’
Karen ordered that the supervisor wear a mask and when no one responded to her commands, she grabbed a bottle of cleaning spray off the counter and sprayed it in the worker’s face before finally leaving the restaurant.