Racist Madison Bars?

While perusing the Daily Cardinal Online this morning I found a funny column about the “racist dress codes” at some Madison-area bars. Apparently, 100 protestors posted up outside Madison Avenue, Johnny-O’s, and Brother’s to “alert the public” to what they see as clear racist policies “because there is an underlying racist belief that hip-hop is associated with violence”.

Amusing quote:

The Racist Dress Code Coalition, the group enacting the protest, said the code was put in place about a year ago and it targets a specific culture.

Kate Losey, RDCC spokesperson, said do-rags, athletic jerseys, cut-off T-shirts and sweat pants are some examples of prohibited attire.

“While we were protesting we saw three people wearing jerseys come out of the bar,” she said. “And of course they were white.”

Of COURSE they were white! There wouldn’t be a compelling story otherwise, would there? Now, I’m not wont to jump up and criticize groups like this very often, but let me just say from the bottom of my heart: motherfuckers who run up in a club all tricked out in do-rags, jerseys, and shit like that more often than not are thugs. It is not a whites-only thing to dress nicely not like you’re going to the gym when going out to drink. I’ve seen plenty of black, mexican, and indian people out at clubs in San Jose dressed far better than I could ever afford.

“RACISM!” is a call-to-arms not to be used lightly. Madison is an extremely liberal town in Wisconsin. I’m not sure that it is racist to have a dress code; I don’t think I’d be able to saunter into Madison Avenue with cut-off jeans and a wife beater on like some white trash hero. Lots of prejudice still exists, (I am completely aware of that) but lets target areas of prejudice that, you know, make sense and all.

–whazz on

18 thoughts on “Racist Madison Bars?

  1. 1st and “”RACISM!” is a call-to-arms not to be used lightly. Madison is an extremely liberal town in Wisconsin. I’m not sure that it is racist to have a dress code; I don’t think I’d be able to saunter into Madison Avenue with cut-off jeans and a wife beater on like some white trash hero. Lots of prejudice still exists, (I am completely aware of that) but lets target areas of prejudice that, you know, make sense and all.” =’s insanly sane and intelligent. Madison is a very nice place to live, and sometimes it seems like the freaks wish it were not so and they go ahead and invent things to rage against.

  2. I’m glad that I could be part of the problem and not the solution (having worked at two out of the three bars).

  3. “While we were protesting we saw three people wearing jerseys come out of the bar,” she said. “And of course they were white.””

    So Luke and I were down there on Saturday night and drove by the protesters, I am about 99.9% certain is that the Jerseys they saw were Badger Hockey Jerseys since there was a game that night against MN-Duluth.

  4. 1. Was that dude me? I’ve raged against many a thing in my 26 years.2. GMX, I’d be interested in hearing your expanded opinions on Dress Code vs. No Dress Code vs. Racist~! Dress Code.

  5. Dude, you rage against everything! I won’t forget when you raged against your brother’s mini basketball hoop with a pocket knife!

  6. The dress codes turn away just as many white people as they do black people. People who think velour jumpsuits are a good outfit to go out in are not the kind of people you want in your predominantly college bar. Usually if a group of four douchebags walks up to your bar, at least one of them will have a jersey, sweatpants, etc. If one them can’t get in usually the whole group won’t come in. In Madison, you’d never be allowed to just deny admission because you don’t like somebody’s look. The dress code allows you to screen out about 80% of these people.

  7. Why do people go to those University Ave bars in the first place? Isn’t that a more important point to protest? Jeez.

  8. We go there because we are not all “high class” who enjoy the company of snobs. We like to mingle with the “real” people.

  9. Per Z’s request: The dress code is strictly to keep those out who you do not want in your bar (ie. dumbfucks who don’t know that lounge wear is just that…lounge wear). If everyone were to just make themselves look presentable before leaving the house there wouldn’t be a way to deny them entry into the bar. Instead people protest. People if you follow the rules you can get into any place you want and there wouldn’t be a need for dress codes. With a dress code I could look at someone and say to myself this looks like a shady individual and then find a reason listed on the dress code to not let them in. Now if they met the dress code I had to let them in because the owner was afraid of a lawsuit. Moral of this drawn out post…don’t be of an ethnicity other than caucasian….I mean DON’T BE AN IGNORANT FUCK.

  10. Also, I can guarantee that the jerseys being worn by “the white people” were badger jerseys because on game days these bars allow home and away jerseys into their establishments. Only because if they didn’t they wouldn’t have any customers.

  11. Well, isn’t that a glaring contradiction to your argument: you hang out at bars which enforce a dress code that has the practical effect of racial discrimination, yet you accuse me of snobbery. Touche.

  12. Unless I missed it, I didn’t see (m)any people outside of Johnny-O’s, although there were a few outside of Brother’s. That was after the game, FWIW.

  13. Lord! I called Stu Levitan’s talk show about this issue and got to talk to the… umm.. gentleman who was responsible for this protest. I’m sure he fancies himself the next Rosa Fricking Parks, but it’s just so sorely misguided. I also believe (but am not sure) that he’s White. If he is, that just pisses me off even more.

    If you’ve ever been in one of those bars you know that it can get pretty tense in there and there have been ambulances outside that bar more times than I can remember because of bar fights.

    If you want to cut down on the problems, you try to cut down on the scumbags (whites, blacks, browns, and purples alike). Dress codes are one way to do that.

    The solution is simple. If you want in, dress accordingly. You can still be black, brown, or purple and get in as long as you’re not dressed like a hoodlum. I don’t see the problem.

    This organizer guy’s capper? The dress code says “no bad attitudes”! He claims this is a blatantly racist statement because it reinforces the idea that black people are angry.

    Umm… WHAT???

    CT

  14. Interesting, “Stu Levitan” (Leviathan?) sounds like a name of one of those manly-man conservative talk radio guys who want kill the gays and libruls.

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