Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger
A Minneapolis bar’s new dress has code sparked a controversy among its patrons who believe the code targets styles worn by blacks, according to a local Fox News affiliate.
Under the new dress code at Bar Louie’s, seven articles of clothing are now banned from Thursday through Saturday after 9 p.m. Flat billed hats, sleeveless under shirts, excessively baggy clothes, large chains worn outside of clothes, long plain white T-shirts, athletic apparel, and non-colored sports jerseys have all been banned.
“It’s the new Jim Crow being enforced in a colorblind way,” Michelle Horovitz told Fox 9 News. “You might as well say, ‘No black folks allowed.’ It’s ridiculous… Minnesota might be the nicest, healthiest, cleanest state in America, but we have huge issues as far as segregation, racism, systematic oppression — and people want to look the other way.”
Minneapolis resident, Imani Vincent, explained to Fox 9 News how he intends on responding to the new dress code.
“Hurt ’em in the pockets. That’s where it would hurt them the most. If they don’t want us there, then we don’t have to be there — and that’s their loss.”
“The intersection of dress code and culture isn’t a new one. Campaigns like ‘We Are All Trayvon”’ — centered around the hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was killed — testify to a cultural connection between clothing, judgment and stereotypes,” The Huffington Post reported.
This is not the first bar to employ such tactics. The Kung Fu Salon in Dallas made headlines for its policies against black customers in May, turning away a black man for wearing Chuck Taylor’s by Converse.
Stephanie Guidry, a former event coordinator at Kung Fu Saloon, told reporters that managers enforced an unwritten dress code to deny entrance to minorities, according to a report in BlacklikeMoi.com. The Dallas city council is investigating the charges.