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”.
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.