Cole White, former employee of a hot dog shop in Berkeley, California, called Top Dog, lost his job after his participation in last weekend’s catastrophic white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. White was photographed holding a torch in protest of the proposed removal of a Confederate statue. A Twitter user, @YesYoureRacist, shared the image along with the post, “Cole White, from California -- allegedly works at Top Dog restaurant in Berkeley.”
As a response to the ensuing torrent of outrage against the restaurant, Top Dog posted a sign in their window saying, “Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog. The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone.”
Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere, and Jeffy Fisher had mixed feelings about the white supremacists’ exposure on social media and subsequent job loss. “My first instinct is to say ‘good.’ You know what -- you’re a bunch of annoying racists,” said Stu. However, in reference to Top Dog’s sign in which the store claimed to believe in ‘voluntary association,’ Stu explained that the phrase, “is very much a libertarian concept,” adding, “actually I think people should be able to voluntary associate with who they choose. That is a libertarian concept that goes back to the beginning.”
“You should not lose your job,” Pat added. “Unless you’re Jeffy … Jeffy could lose his job for a lot less than that.”
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