Bar Louie (pictured) in Minneapolis is causing quite an unwelcomed stir with its stringent dress policy that many have likened to the Jim Crow era, which is allegedly keeping out African-American patrons, according to Fox 9.
According to the bar’s rules, certain articles of clothing cannot be sported on its premises from Thursday to Saturday after 9 pm (pictured).
Michelle Horovitz, a former patron of the white-collar establishment who is up in arms and disgusted about the alleged racial profiling, told Fox 9 News, “It’s the new Jim Crow being enforced in a colorblind way. You might as well say, ‘No Black folks allowed.’ It’s ridiculous….”
Imani Vincent, another local resident, is appalled at the bar’s blatant bias aimed at African Americans and feels the move is just “totally racial profiling.” Vincent goes on to tell the news outlet, “If you do not want African Americans to frequent your establishment, then maybe you should just say that and not just break it down to the dress code,” he contends. The young man then offers a remedy to the bar’s ludicrous 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.”
Horovitz, who maintains that her city is fraught with racial bias, said, “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,” The young woman goes on to state, “This is not okay, and we’re not going to patronize you if you don’t change your policy.”
Fox 9 tried contacting the establishment’s corporate office for answers to the growing debate but to no avail. Meanwhile, Bar Louie’s management told the news outlet that they are merely carrying out orders dictated by the corporate office.