Almost a month after Root DC contributor Stephen A. Crockett accused U Street area restaurants like Busboys & Poets of “swagger-jacking” black culture, the V Street NW restaurant is holding a panel on the concept of swagger-jacking this Sunday at 5 p.m.
U Street restaurants like Busboys & Poets and The Brixton are swagger-jacking, Crockett argued on the Post-run site, by draping themselves in the trappings of black culture, even as the area’s poorer black residents are driven out by rising property values.
“We kind of thought that it was a little bit of a swipe to lump all of the restaurants together in that way,” says Busboys & Poets events manager Pamela Pinnock. In a letter to the Post earlier this month, Busboys owner Andy Shallal also denied swagger-jacking.
Shallal will speak at the panel, which is part of Busboys’ A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk On Race) series. Others on the panel include Georgetown professor Maurice Jackson and Sheldon Scott, another accused swagger-jacker and the general manager at U Street’s Marvin.
One person who won’t be there is Crockett, who Pinnock says declined to speak at the discussion. Crockett didn’t respond to a request for comment from City Desk.
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