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Dallas Nightclub Investigated for Refusing Patrons Who “Sounded Ghetto”

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Though federal law banned “For Whites Only” signs half a century ago, one Dallas nightclub Kung Fu Nightcluballegedly didn’t get the memo.

According to a report in The Root, a popular club called Kung Fu Saloon in Uptown Dallas is under investigation by city officials amid allegations that managers racially discriminated against minorities. The managers allegedly ordered workers to deny reservations to callers who “sounded ghetto or too Asian,” WFAA News 8 reported.

Like a scene from the deep south of the 1950s, the managers of the club told employees to do what they could to ensure no people of color were admitted to the bar.

Stephanie Guidry, a former event coordinator at Kung Fu Saloon, told the news station that that managers enforced an unwritten dress code to deny entrance to minorities, the report says. The city council is investigating the charges.

“I never saw any white people getting turned away,” Guidry, who worked there from September 2012 to January 2013, told the station.

She said the covert racist policies extended to screening people at the front of the club, but also trying to ascertain the race of those who called in for information.

“I would have to call them up on the phone and speak to them on the phone,” she said. “And listen to their accent—listen to see if they sounded ghetto or too Asian.”

“Ghetto,” she said, was a code word for black.

Guidry said she was under orders to say the bar was booked if the caller sounded like people of color.

If she failed, she told the station, “There were comments made to me, like, ‘Why is it so dark in here? Why is it so Asian in here? Did you not screen these phone calls?’”

The bar’s policies came under scrutiny when DeAndre Upshaw tried to get in wearing the same clothes as whites. He documented his experiences on social media.

At the time, managers told News 8 it was investigating the incident and said they serve a diverse crowd. Managers later posted a dress code in compliance with Dallas city codes, the report says.

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.

 

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  1. WELL, RACISM IS STILL ALIVE – COME TO VICTORVILLE, ITS JUST AS BAD. THEY FOLLOW YOU AROUND IN THE STORES – ONE STORE ONLY GAVE ME 1 SHOE TO TRY ON THEY SAID THEY COULDN’T GIVE ME 2! I WAS TOO THRU – LA IS ALSO THE SAME – HIDDEN DISCRIMNATION. WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO VICTORVILLE 19 YEARS AGO I TRIED TO FIND EMPLOYMENT – WHEN I WOULD GO TO THE OFFICES THEY LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS SOMETHING OUT OF A HORROR MOVIE. BY THE WAY, I AM A NEW ORLEANS CREOLE – LIGHT SKINNED, STRAIGHT HAIR AND TOLD I AM PRETTY BUT DO YOU KNOW THAT DIDN’T HELP ME..I ALSO NOTICE WHITE MEN WILL WALK ALL OVER YOU WITHOUT SAYING EXCUSE ME – ITS SO SAD AND HURTFUL.

  2. Why is it that some Black people just have to be around other ppl that don't want to be bothered?!! Take your business & money where it & you will be respected!! Stop asking to be included with demons!!! :*

  3. Ok am I crazy, but if they didn't want Asians, then why call it the Kung Fu Saloon? Ah those wacky white folks, at it again. Glory is so right, why would I spend my hard earned money at this place? If they don't want us in their place, I'm sure that there are many establishments that would welcome the business.

  4. Today is June 9, 2014 and racism has not decided to commit suicide yet. It is here and it is not going anywhere. I say that racism is a “fear” that some have because they have not make a conscious decision to get to know people who appear unlike them, Whites I am talking about. I believe the fears are still so much there that the question I ask is: What is hurting you so bad that you have to attempt to hurt me to heal it? The shoe store is afraid you are going to steal the shoes, so they only give you one to try on. It doesn’t matter if you are “light skinned”. If you have any color at all on your face, that is enough for some of them. To think of others as “less than” you and “not as good” as you is indeed a thought you have to keep up. It goes on all over this nation of the US. I used to be a Diversity Trainer and went all over this nation so called training people in being accepting of people who appeared different. We are all different and we are all the same; people with minds, bodies and spirits. You are talking about California and I live in California. You are not talking about the “deep South” slavery started in the North, Rhode Island, specifically made more money through slavery than any other state in the union. Racism is still here. It never left and I don’t believe it will as long as we have those who want to continue to believe they are better. The truth is they just are people, not better, not worse, just people. Get it and start looking at yourself and the hatred you have towards Blacks and Asians. I am both!! So does that mean I get it double? I am half Cherokee. Folks need to strt being “kind” to each other. There is really all that is required. You don’t have to “like” me. Just be kind to me and I will do likewise!!

    • Linda, the reason Caucasians feel they are better is because non Caucasians are stupid enough to still pray to a white man as God, that kind of treatment would give anybody an inflated ego. There are tons of credible evidence proving God isn’t white and didn’t have a white son. But, being stupid Black people insist of worshipping a white man as God. Black people are in no position to be mad at the white man for having a God complex when these dumb dumbs insist on being modern day slaves getting on their knees praying to a white man. Sad.

  5. The reason Caucasians feel they are better is because non Caucasians are stupid enough to still pray to a white man as God, that kind of treatment would give anybody an inflated ego. There are tons of credible evidence proving God isn't white and didn't have a white son. But, being stupid Black people insist of worshipping a white man as God. Black people are in no position to be mad at the white man for having a God complex when these dumb dumbs insist on being modern day slaves getting on their knees praying to a white man. Sad.

  6. I like the three comments very real and true and I ask why are so eager to accommodate there inflated ego to be accepted is because we have rights and no doors should be barred, though you a legal address to complain, People of color have not adopted to adapt a solution that being all Africans American Blacks, Asian Pacific Asian, Hispanic Latino's- Mexicans, Middle Easterner Arabic-Egyptians break it down this wall of segregation between us and divide our selves from them and where the money flows that develop change they feel left out see how they will soon want to hang with you . But it can you do it yes you can and how is the big part . So why are we so stereo typed because prejudices of each other hold us to our own kind of circle we don't grow diversely we become stagnant in a non changing world.

  7. Your rant is ignorant. Why in the 21st century are you supporting a notion that blacks are worshipping a white man's God? That is pure conjecture and regurgitated bullshit. Black people know how to conduct research which you obviously don't.. they also know white people had nothing to do with actual historical accuracy within the confines of any religion other than to steal the story in an attempt to make it their own. It's geographically impossible to believe Jesus, God or whatever was white. Not to mention they wrote themselves out of the story line altogether. Bring something of substance and truth to the table, not regurgitated tangents for the sake of commenting.

  8. This is old news in Cleveland .Ohio.Clubs here for years have refused to allow black males into certian clubs. Things like requiring “membership” double Photo ID or checks of sexuality(gay ) One club even changed the music to keep blacks out and the whites left too.

  9. Tell it @ Karen Baylis!! :*

  10. You Caucasian white folks are ignorant. Islam is coming after you. There is no such thing as a white person for we all came from the 12 tribes of Israel. Look around, hill billies, it is called, “Your president is Muslim American and you still talk about trash that is ash.” Did you know the white folks used to jump up and down in their house made in a tree and painted their faces blue (using blueberries) while Asia countries had dynasties and everyone else was pretty civilized. That is why still today, a white person like to talk a lot of lip in racism for that is their girth. If the white folks are not racist on the lip, the are racists in their hearts. The funny thing is that Asians don’t even care about the white folks. For now, Islam shall come, and all these racists comments will be seen by all. You racist white folks will bow down to Islam with your booty up really, really, really, high, high, high, five times a day, everyday very soon. The only thing you will remember of the white culture when Islam comes is your behind up in the air. Who really is the stupid one? Now that’s not sad, it is vengeance for the slavemaster who thinks he is all that and soon his mouth will kiss the ground of Islam while his behind all up in the air. Watch, it will be so funny. Jesus Christ is an Israelite as we all are. Idiot. Read the bible or get an education, you narrow-minded white folks from DFW that will be booting your booties in the air really, really, really, soon. Ha, Ha, Ha. Yahweh is not a man, HE is a God of the Kingdom of Heaven and when HE comes, you will be burnt like the words that you speak. There is no such thing as a white person, just a white moron racist SOB. Ha, Ha, Ha. Who would want to go to an all white club, you know how boring that is? And on top of it, they used Asian words of Kung Fu, but they are still white……white folks can’t dance, can’t talk, can’t fight, can’t do nothing but talk lip, racist BS, and then will soon boot their booties all in the air for Islam is coming for you white hill bills. Ha, Ha, Ha.

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