Last night, Twitter user @MyNamesTessa tweeted out a drink list allegedly from the Athens, Ga., bar General Beauregard's, named after the Confederate Army general:
One drink, containing watermelon as well as tequila and a splash of sour, is titled the "N*****ita."
In a later tweet, @MyNamesTessa clarified she received the image from someone who posted it in a shared Facebook group; the person who shared it, she says, works for a printing company.
Flagpole Magazine fills in the details of the story:
A local print-shop employee (who asked not to be named) told Flagpole he spotted the drink name when a General Beauregard’s employee brought in five sheets of drink-making instructions to be laminated. Angry about the offensive name, he said he snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook. He later deleted the photo, but not before it spread online.
As Flagpole writes, the drink list appears to be a bartender cheat sheet, not a menu intended for customers.
In a statement to the Athens Banner-Herald, Daniel Simmons— the owner of General Beauregard's—denied serving a drink with the offensive name.
The drink is “not something we have ever served to customers or advertised and would never be approved by ownership,” Simmons said.
Flagpole says a tipster with proof of employment as a bartender at General Beauregard's provided evidence that the drink does in fact exist.
The bar is no stranger to controversy. Here's this, from Red And Black, from when the bar opened in 2003:
Three flags hang over the bar, reflected in giant mirrors along the opposite wall: The Confederate First National Flag ("the stars and bars"), the Virginia Cavalry Jack ("the rebel flag") and the Bonnie Blue Flag, designed by Gen. Stonewall Jackson to represent the unified states.
"We've heard nothing but positive feedback," Simmons said. "We're not trying to be racist."
Eventually, Beaureagard's took down most of its Confederate memorabilia after the Dylann Roof shooting in June—where the white gunmen shot and killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C.—but does keep one flag "tucked away a little in a display case with bar memorabilia," according to Flagpole.
Taking the flag down “was detrimental to our brand,” said (bartender Mack) Peeples. “I feel like the flag symbolizes our bar. It wasn’t a symbol of anything else.”
A call to General Beauregard's went unanswered.
Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.