Susan DeRose, the proprietor of OK Café in Buckhead, made a significant decision to take down a banner and flag that had been displayed at her restaurant for years.
As the Georgia flag was removed on Friday, witnesses present at the scene expressed their approval with applause. Despite being deemed “offensive” by some over the years, the banner and flag had remained fixtures in the restaurant for more than three decades.
When questioned about her decision to finally remove the flag, DeRose explained her rationale, stating, “I thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to take it down. We’re going to auction it off because I understand it offends people.’ So I’m going to take it down and we’re going to give the money to the police force.”
Isabel Johnson, a Georgia Tech student and the leader of Buckhead for Black Lives, expressed her satisfaction with the removal of the flag.
She stated, “I’m glad that it’s a positive gesture in the right direction. It’s encouraging to see steps being taken to reform the restaurant and make it more inclusive for everyone.”
During a march through Buckhead on Sunday, Johnson and fellow demonstrators noticed a sign and tea party stand positioned in front of the restaurant. The sign bore the message: “Lives that matter are made with positive purpose.” However, it was later removed.