Thursday, June 21, 2012

Man kicked out of bar because of his race

A 21-year old Harvard-bound student was kicked out of a Raleigh, NC sports bar named Downtown Sports Bar and Grill because he was black and a police officer did basically nothing to help as it's been done many times before there. Make sure to read the entire article via the link below.

After a Harvard-bound 21-year-old said police refused to help him when he was kicked out of a Raleigh, NC sports bar for being black, other spurned patrons came out of the woodwork to claim they had received the same racist treatment. Now their grassroots campaign to shut the bar down is gaining traction. Who needs the cops when you've got social media on your side?

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Last Saturday, June 16th, Wall and two other friends arrived at Downtown Sports Bar and Grill around 12:30 AM. "You need a membership to come in tonight," the bouncer told them. "I've never seen you here before." The friends were confused, since the bar is better known for its all-you-can-eat wings and massive TVs than fancy private parties — and because the people in line before them walked right in after showing their ID.

The only difference between those people and my friends and I was our race. Still, we stood at the door in bewilderment asking "What?" as he further tried to explain that we weren't going to be able to come in because of our "non-member" status. However, as he was explaining this, a police officer walked up to where he was standing to tell him something unrelated. As soon as he caught sight of the officer beside him, he said "Never mind, y'all go ahead." This was the first interesting ordeal of the night, but not the last.
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After he cleaned the table, it looked as if he was headed back behind the bar when he came up to me and said "Either buy a drink or leave right now." Again shocked, I replied "I'm just waiting for my friend to come back from the bathroom." He responded, "I don't care, get a drink or leave right now." I said "Okay" and began texting. He walked away from me, then went and sat with his back to the bar as he stared me down. Being non-confrontational, I looked towards the bathroom, waiting to see my friend come out so that we could leave. I also took notice of how many of the people surrounding the bar and the club area didn't have drinks in their hands. I felt as if I was singled out. The common denominator, again, was that I was the only black person around. After staring me down for about 30 seconds, he walked back over and said "Are you going to buy a drink, or are you going to leave?" I replied, "As soon as my friend comes from the bathroom." Before I cold utter another word, he grabbed my right wrist and my left arm and threw them behind my head in an effort to constrain me, although I was speaking to him a calm and non-aggressive tone and didn't once even gesture. He then used excessive force to push me through the crown and out of the club while I was still in this "headlock" of sorts, before pushing me out of the front door. As soon as he grabbed me, I let my body go limp because with the degree of force he was already using, I didn't want him to think I was trying to fight back. I accepted that he was on an ego-trip, and let him guide me through the club in this position before pushing me out. I was completely shocked and more saddened that this was happening than angry.
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After Wall told his family about his night, his 21-year-old cousin called him and asked the name of the bar that had thrown him out. She gasped when he told her it was Downtown Sports Bar and Grill, because she had been barred from entering the same spot earlier that night. "The only common denominator in her and my own dealings with the bar was one single factor: race," Wall wrote. "We were both African-Americans trying to enter and enjoy a bar that seemed to only welcome those not like us."
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It's 2012 and stuff like this still happens.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Horrible experience. But I think these kind of things are becoming more common nowadays. As the time goes by racists become more daring as they can conceal behind the bogus arguments such as statistics that only serve to degrade a person based on their colour.

Anonymous said...

In my town there is a place where only black people go. It is considered literally dangerous to go in there. I asked and found there is a similar establishment in every city across the country. What?!?! Let's see both sides of the issue. He got out without being cut or shot.You ignint. That's Ebonics lol

Sansooman said...

Young African-Americans need to learn to not patronize establishments when they observe no black management or employees. All African Americans should also take 2-3 years of martial arts.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is truly sad that racism still exists in this day and age.
Comment to Sansooman ? What are you talking about, how did he patronize in any part of the story? Obviously you have never been racially profiled in your life to make such a comment and that must be nice for you!! Because us African Americans that need 2-3 years of martial arts! Who says that?! deal with that same kind of treatment every day......and that is so unnecessary and sad!

Bob said...

Burn this fucking bar down.