A new dress code at a Minneapolis bar is sparking outrage amongst its patrons. Some customers feel that Bar Louie’s list of prohibited clothing is a discriminatory policy toward stereotypical African-American dress, Fox 9 News reports.
From Thursday through Saturday after 9pm, customers at Bar Louie aren’t allowed to wear the following:
No Flat-Billed Hats
No Sleeveless Under Shirts
No Excessively Baggy Clothing
No Large Chains Worn Outside Of Shirt
No Long Plain White T-Shirts
No Athletic Apparel
No Sports Jerseys Unless Collared
“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.”
Horovitz isn’t the only one speaking out about the dress code. Sean Tierney, another patron, told the news station he feels it’s “totally racial profiling,” and Imani Vincent said the real message is clear.
“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,” Vincent said.
Vincent also said there was only one way to respond to the discriminatory dress code.
“Hurt ’em in the pockets,” he recommended. “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.”