Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Club closes because of suspected gang bangers

Well it seems a club in Boston that was hosting a party for Harvard and Yale alums this weekend, was closed because there was a line of African Americans waiting to get in and someone from the club's management said to have seen "local gang bangers" outside. But there weren't any gang bangers, just Harvard and Yale alums. You can read more about this incident below, source is below with the full story.

A party for black Harvard and Yale alums at a Boston club this weekend was shut down just after 11pm. Why? The club owner was concerned that a long line of black people outside would make the club look bad.

A group of recent graduates had sold tickets in advance for a party at a new Boston club, Cure, to follow Saturday's Harvard-Yale game. By 10:30pm, though, club management freaked out and claimed it had seen "local gang bangers" around, despite the strict guest-list policy implemented by organizers. At first they demanded that guests show student ID — not exactly practical given the fact that it was a party aimed at alums — and then eventually shut down the entire club.

"We were perceived as a threat because of our skin color," wrote one organizer, Michael Beal, in the email below. "I am further dismayed that after having spent the last few hours with the club owner, I do not believe him to be a racist; which only adds to my consternation around what this event says about race relations in our country."

What are your thoughts on this incident?


Anonymous said...

Nothing really changes with time does it? it is 2010 45 years after the civil rights act was passed and put into action. In that time frame it has been enough intelligent talented and capable black men who have shone like super stars in the public to let the world know this gang banging junk does not apply to all.Racial stereo typing is still as strong as it was decades ago, and someone had the nerve to say we are living in a POST RACIAL COUNTRY NOW.Well, we are not! and if we were there would be no need for this blog now would it?

Jane Pitts-Greer said...

I have to believe that we think we have arrived what should have happened is that we should anticipate racism-it is foolish to walk through where they are hunting rabbits and you look like a rabbit and not be prepared to be shot at -so what should we do when we gather we should tell the club owner there will a bunch of black people here that graduated from Harvard and Yale outside of your club at 10:30 can you handle that?The systems have agents who have bias confirmation that when they see blacks it registers on their brain. UCLA did actual research on whites when they see images of black people their chemistry ion their brain changes. So we might as well tell them that we are com
ing and what we look like

The Great UnKnown said...

wow. why is it that no one can see the ignorance here. the assumption that there might be gangbangers is just as racist as assuming that it was because of skin color. discrimination and reverse discrimination. club owner is discriminating on the grounds of possible gangebanger, young black Americans assume its their skin color, ignorance on both sides. if you think this is noting more than a racial issue than you are raciest, if you think its a racial issue and they are trying to cover it up than you are not only a raciest but also a conspiracy theorist clearly there is a much greater evil here.
put the blame where it belongs, on gangbangers. watch the news and please research your position before you comment. there are many factors to consider.is there or has there been gang related activities in the area. wow bet you didn't consider that.

Anonymous said...

Wow... Im honestly sick of the white and black thing... Yeah its sad racism still exist.... Though why do people dont publicy black racist??? Their smart remarks on interracial realtionships or dont think its okay that blacks should mix with white,asian, hispanic, or whatever... Or that their better than everyone else. Black power! Im all for it but if you think than your better than someone else or race.... Umm isnt that racism... Just my opinion.. God bless! Oh yeah, arent we all god children?? I dont see color im proud asian american... This country is known for immigrants... I just hope one day maybe a million years from now everyone can have peace with one another and stop with these ignorant comments and act and love one another... But it starts today...

Anonymous said...

wow. how willingly ignorant and pitiful racists are. people think that a black president being in office means there's {gasp} no more racism! sorry folks! abe lincoln did an even greater service to humanity, and he was racist as well! do your homework people! Black people have and will continue to do our part in this racist human populated/polluted world. now,get on the bandwagon and do your part! no more enslaved african ancestors {not f$$$ing slaves} here to do your work for you.{SIGH}

Miss Minority said...

"I am further dismayed that after having spent the last few hours with the club owner, I do not believe him to be a racist"

I'm confused, what exactly does that mean? The club owner closed the club because he saw Black people as threats, was he not aware that they were the Alums students? Of course he was! It seems to me like this club owner was able to diplomatically disguise his racist tendencies in the hours he spent with Michael. I think this is something White people have learnt to do hence the facade that racism doesn't exist as much as it did in the past - it does, it's just wears a different mask.