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US Warren banquet hall owner criticized for anti-Black Lives Matter Facebook post

13:35  03 july  2020
13:35  03 july  2020 Source:   freep.com

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A local banquet hall owner is speaking out after sharing a racist post on social media calling out the Black Lives Matter movement. Gary DeCarlo, the owner of DeCarlo‘s Banquet and Convention Center, says he’s not a racist after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter .

A local banquet hall owner is speaking out after sharing a racist post on social media calling out the Black Lives Matter movement. Gary DeCarlo, the owner of DeCarlo‘s Banquet and Convention Center, says he’s not a racist after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter .

The owner of a popular banquet hall in Warren is under fire for what critics say was a racist and anti-Black Lives Matter post on his Facebook page.

a screenshot of a cell phone: A screen grab of the Facebook post by Gary DeCarlo, owner of DeCarlo's Banquet & Convention Center in Warren, that critics called racist © Detroit Free Press staff A screen grab of the Facebook post by Gary DeCarlo, owner of DeCarlo's Banquet & Convention Center in Warren, that critics called racist

Gary DeCarlo, owner of DeCarlo's Banquet & Convention Center, apologized in Facebook comments and in interviews Wednesday with two Detroit television stations, telling the stations that he is not a racist.

DeCarlo could not be reached for comment Thursday by the Free Press. His Facebook page appears to have been taken down.

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A local banquet hall owner is speaking out after sharing a racist post on social media calling out the Black Lives Matter movement. Gary DeCarlo, the owner of DeCarlo‘s Banquet and Convention Center, says he’s not a racist after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter .

A local banquet hall owner is speaking out after sharing a racist post on social media calling out the Black Lives Matter movement. Gary DeCarlo, the owner of DeCarlo‘s Banquet and Convention Center, says he’s not a racist after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter .

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Yolonda Davis of Detroit posted screen grabs on her Facebook page June 30: "From the owner of DeCarlos Banquet Center in Warren!!! Ok. Thanks for letting us know how you really feel!!!!"

The screen grabs were of Gary DeCarlo's profile on Facebook and a post on his page that read: "Black Lives Matter The entire country is sick of your (expletive). Sick of the lawlessness, sick of the riots, sick of the threats and demands. The only thing you've managed to accomplish in all of this is to live up to the ghetto stereotypes. Congratulations."

Commenters on Davis' post then shared their own screen grabs of comments from DeCarlo apologizing. One of his comments stated, "I am all in on Black Lives Matter but not the violence and destruction sorry I choose an inappropriate post to sure please forgive me." Another stated, "Made a mistake who ever is doing all the destruction and violence is hurting the cause so sorry I ever shared that post."

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A local banquet hall owner is speaking out after sharing a racist post on social media calling out the Black Lives Matter movement. Gary DeCarlo, the owner of DeCarlo‘s Banquet and Convention Center, says he’s not a racist after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter .

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Davis said she has been at the center several times for church and school functions and family events. She said the customer service was "pretty good" and she was very surprised by DeCarlo's post.

Davis said as soon as she read the post, "I knew exactly what it meant. I think he knew what it meant."  She said she believes DeCarlo is racist because of some of the other posts he shared.

She shared screen grabs of two Facebook memes that DeCarlo re-shared on his own page, stating "He has been on a roll all week." One of the memes began "The Irish Were Slaves" and another stated, "Have you ever noticed the police leave you alone if you aren't doing anything illegal".

Davis' post about DeCarlo's had more than 490 shares, with comments from a few people who said they will not be using the banquet center for future events.

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A local banquet hall owner is speaking out after sharing a racist post on social media calling out the Black Lives Matter movement. Gary DeCarlo, the owner of DeCarlo‘s Banquet and Convention Center, says he’s not a racist after he shared a post criticizing Black Lives Matter .

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Kiaira Burroughs said in an email to the Free Press on Thursday that she was "very interested in touring DeCarlos Banquet Hall for my reception next year but that will not happen."

Davis said DeCarlo does a lot of business with Black people and "I think he's upset about the money he's gonna miss out on."

The family-owned and operated business was established in 1969, hosting events such as weddings, banquets and luncheons, according to its website. No one answered the phone at the banquet center Thursday, where messages for DeCarlo were left.

According to a story on the WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) website, DeCarlo said he "just made the biggest mistake of my entire life. I'm not a racist never have been, and I made a mistake and I take full responsibility for it."

According to the TV station's report online, DeCarlo said he didn't mean to hurt or upset anyone.

DeCarlo told WDIV-TV (Channel 4) in a phone interview that he "picked an inappropriate post to share and it wasn't intended to harm anybody."

He said the post was to be against racism and violence and that he is not a racist, according to the TV station.

Contact Christina Hall: chall@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @challreporter.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Warren banquet hall owner criticized for anti-Black Lives Matter Facebook post

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