Fat Ho Burgers.
Lakita Evans (pictured), emphasis on Lakita, decided that she’d call her Waco, Texas restaurant Fat Ho Burgers. Nice.
The restaurant opened last Tuesday, and why am I not surprised, to critical hood acclaim.
“My burgers, they’re cheap. They don’t go over 6 bucks because I thought, you know, I grew up in poverty,” Evans told a local news reporter.
I guess because hos are supposed to be cheap-so are her burgers.
Okay, so first let me say that while I have a problem staying away from fast food these days-even if it were in Los Angeles, I don’t think Fat Ho Burger would be a problem for me.
Second, I will say this again, as with the word nigger, if we don’t want others calling us hos-and that means nappy headed hos and Black hos-it starts with us.
On any given day of week, not only do Black men refer to Black women as hos, we as Black women call ourselves that. So I am not all that surprised that Lakita choose Fat Ho Burger as the name of her business. We’ve kept the door of disrespect open for decades and now with Black women and men lining up from near and far to get their Fat Ho Burger eating on, I don’t see that door closing anytime soon.
But still, I don’t know what’s worse – being called a ho by a man or by anotha sista.
I’m happy to see a young sista with an entrepreneurial spirit, but what makes her any different from the neighborhood dopeman? Both are entrepreneurs peddling sh!t in the community that none us really need. The reality is that I need another person-Black or white-calling Black women hos-let alone championing it-like I need another crack dealer pushing rock on my block.
But the real irony of the entire situation is that most of the Black women (and men) featured on the news reports in line for their Fat Ho Burger look to be one order away from a stroke, congestive heart failure, and/or Type 2 diabetes.
Based in Los Angeles, Jasmyne Cannick writes honestly where others do not about the intersection of culture, race, and politics in America. She can be reached at www.jasmynecannick.com.