There have been a number of incidents in the news where curious whites have summoned the powers of the state to deter blacks from everyday activities.
One of the most notorious was “Permit Patty,” a woman who called the police on a young black girl selling bottled water on a San Francisco sidewalk.
Twin entrepreneurs, seven-year-old Kamari and Camera, of Savannah, Georgia, had the legality of their lemonade stand questioned by a white woman on social media after a photo of their new business was posted.
Instead of celebrating two children with an entrepreneurial spirit, she tried to question the viability of her business.
“A lady came in and said, ‘I bet you don’t have a license.’ And other people said, “How do you know that?” And she said, “I seriously doubt it,” said the girls’ father, Quentin Lawyer said.
Lawyer believes the woman’s comment was an example of overt racism.
“I didn’t even comment on them,” he said. “What she tried really did the opposite. It helped us more than it hurt us.”
Instead of closing the store, a family friend helped the twins apply for a business license with the city so they can sell their lemonade without being bothered by law enforcement or nosy whites.
Now their business, Twin Monad, is fully licensed in the city of Savannah and they have added more flavors to their menu. “Our flavors are strawberry-kiwi, blue raspberry, cotton candy, coconut, banana,” said Kamari.
In a matter of days, they made over $ 5,000. “That’s the whole purpose,” said lawyer. “Create generational wealth.”
On June 19th they had a line down the block and it was an hour’s wait for the lemonade.
“We talked today about it being Juneteenth and ways to support black businesses,” customer Aimee Baxter told CBS News. “So we thought this was the business we wanted to support today.”
The girls’ mother, Charnise Anderson, hopes this is just the beginning of something much bigger. “It’s really great and we just want to push it forward,” said Anderson.
On a deeper level, it’s a little ridiculous that young children should have to get permission from the state or city to serve a cold glass of lemonade to a thirsty customer. Lemonade has never killed anyone and anyone who comes by for a cold glass understands the risk they are taking.
In rare cases, the brain may momentarily freeze if the lemonade is too cold.
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