Man shouts 'All Lives Matter' at Brooklyn barista in one man 'protest' over poster
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A man was caught on camera when he staged an "All Lives Matter" protest against a Black Lives Matter sign in her window on Friday in front of a café.
Abraham "Avrumy" Knofler was filmed on Thursday by a viewer outside of Burly Coffee in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York City, where he tells a barista that he was offended by the sign and sang "All Lives Matter". .
"It's the most racist out there, I'm not a racist." Mr. Knofler says about the poster. "This is insulting and I want you to take this sign off."
The footage of the incident, which Gothamist first reported, quickly went viral.
"So that was my morning. I just wanted to drink coffee. But this racist has decided that it is time to enlighten us and "protest" how "all life is important," said Rohan Singh, the man who recorded the footage, on Twitter.
"Based on what the barista told me, the man specifically approached me to complain about either the shield and / or the mask policy," Singh said to Gothamist.
“The barista was already trying to get the man to leave when I arrived. I stepped forward and told him hard to go too, but he didn't want to. So I just started filming. "
In the footage, the woman and some bystanders continue to ask Mr. Knofler to go.
"I don't understand why this is so offensive to you when you see something that says" Black Lives Matter, "" said the store employee. "It doesn't mean that all lives don't matter, it just means that black lives do matter because they never played a role in this country."
The video of the confrontation lasts about 10 minutes. Throughout the dispute, Mr. Knofler is not wearing a face mask, although another sign on the front of the store says customers are wearing facewear.
"Why do I need a mask?" he asked repeatedly after the barista told him to go and others told him to wear a mask.
"The pandemic is a joke, only sheep like you wear the mask because you were told what you were told, but you don't use your head because you are stupid," he shouts at the crowd of another piece of footage.
While Mr. Singh described Mr. Knofler as "non-violent", he added that "it was a terrible situation for the barista who was trapped there".
"I feel really bad for her," he said.
In a telephone interview with Gothamist, Mr. Knofler identified himself as the man in the footage and said that he "protested - all life is important". "You don't have to take it down, I just wanted to defend all matters of life."
Burly Coffee posted a statement on the incident on its Instagram page Thursday. "We strongly support Black Lives Matter and welcome our employees to withstand the dazzling hatred that has occurred at our door. Unfortunately, this has not been an isolated case with this person and our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of ours Employees, "said the company.
"We are overwhelmed by the generous support of our employees through our Venmo Tip Jar. The baristas who have experienced this hate will receive the tips directly. Burly will contribute to the community we love and are grateful to To be part of it. "
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