The term “sampo” is a long-standing ethnic race that dates back to the 1899 book about a dark-skinned South Indian boy. The name became a nickname against African Americans.
The restaurant’s sign has been covered, at least temporarily, with a peace sign, an ampersand, and the word “love” for peace and love.
And their owners published, “Our family looked at our hearts and realized that we must be sensitive when others we respect make a strong call.” “So today we stand in solidarity with those who seek change and do our part as best we can.”
Owner Chad Stephens said that its founders – his grandfather Sam Pattiston and his business partner Newell “Bo” Bohnit – formed the name of the restaurant from parts of their names.
Stevens agreed to change the name after hearing from resident Rachel Monet.
“Although it did not come from a bad place, it is still a painful term for many people,” said Monet. “I understand that this was not intended. I am not saying that the owners of Sambo and his companions are racists. I say that indifference is racist.”
Stevens said it was a good time to change.
“With the current environment of our country, we need to come together, as the sign says, peace and love,” he said.