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Students: Chicago nightclub barred blacks

Where in the US constitution does it say you have the right to admittance to a nightclub ? It happens to all of us.

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(CNN) -- Students from Washington University say they have complained to state and federal agencies that a Chicago, Illinois, nightclub barred six African-American members from their senior class trip celebration while admitting nearly 200 white classmates.

Bar personnel cited dress code violations -- specifically baggy jeans -- when barring the African-American students, according to Washington University senior class president Fernando Cutz, who was among students admitted to the bar.

A white student and a black student exchanged jeans to see what would happen, and the white student was admitted while his classmate still was kept outside, Cutz said.

Cutz said his group from the St. Louis, Missouri, school filed complaints with the Chicago Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Justice and other organizations after the incident on October 17. The school planned to hold a town hall meeting Monday night to discuss the incident and a possible protest, he said.

Calls by CNN to the nightclub, Original Mother's bar, were not immediately returned.

But a representative of the bar told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday that security concerns, not racism, guided the decision. One day later, a bar representative told the paper the club was taking the issue "very seriously," conducting an internal investigation and that disciplinary action would be taken if necessary.

Cutz said the celebration at Original Mother's in Chicago's Gold Coast section was to have been the culminating event of a two-day senior class trip to Chicago. The party had been arranged with the bar in advance by the student class board, which includes two of the African-American students who were later denied entry, Cutz said.

Cutz said he was already inside the bar with some 200 other students, none of whom are African-American, when the first group of African-American classmates arrived. He said he learned that the manager of the bar denied entry to the six students, and he said the manager told the students their baggy pants violated the bar's dress code.

Cutz, who is white, said he confronted the manager.

"These six [students] were better dressed than I was," Cutz told CNN.

Nevertheless, Cutz said, he told the students to "go back to the hotel and change." But the manager of the bar stepped in to say that he had made his decision and that the six men could not return to the bar even if they changed clothes, Cutz said.

The students became "more agitated" and "set up an experiment," Cutz said. Class treasurer Regis Murayi, who is black, exchanged jeans with a white student, Jordan Roberts, who -- being 3 inches shorter than Murayi -- looked "substantially baggy."

Roberts approached the same manager who had turned away the African-American students, paid the entry fee and was allowed in, Cutz said.

Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton sent a letter to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to express his "most intense disappointment" about the incident. In the letter -- a copy of which was provided to CNN by Cutz -- Wrighton told the mayor that he "can only imagine the humiliation and discouragement these six young students felt ... when they were turned away from this establishment because of their race."

Students also contacted the Anti-Defamation League and the Chicago Urban League. The two organizations jointly sent a letter to the bar, writing that they "strongly suggest that Mother's re-examine its dress code, conduct immediate retraining of all employees to avoid any future racial discrimination or appearance thereof, and issue a formal letter of apology to the six students who were denied entry."


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Added: Oct-26-2009 Occurred On: Oct-26-2009
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  • it's no secret that blacks with baggy clothing are far more likely to start trouble than any other skin color in baggy clothing. if they don't like the stereotype, then they better get busy proving it wrong

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    • I DJed at clubs in Washington DC area for 7 years and the only place I saw people getting out of hand was at Tommy Joe's that is mainly upper-class white kids. I have to disagree with you.

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  • I've been there and seen plenty of blacks. Go bark up another tree asshats.

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  • You know those sings you see in Private businesses,

    "We reserve the right to refuse to service to anyone for any reason"?

    They actually mean something......

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  • uh oh they contacted the ADL, how long til the manager, owner and club are relentlessly defamed and slandered?

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  • I was a bouncer at a club for about 6 months and from that short time I will tell you minorities caused the most shit. Most of the white people I kicked out was just because they were to drunk and needed a cab ride home. The minorities always tried to break the dress code and when you told them no would try to start shit. As another poster said they would act like animals with the ladies and thats when shit got bad. They try to grind their cocks against womens asses and even when the girl tells More..

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    • Exactly. It's funny because when you have a problem with someone because of they way they're acting, they're always the ones that pull the race card even thought you'd have the same damn problem with them no matter what color their skin is.

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    • I was called a cracker and a honkey a few times working there lol. Best thing is to ignore it like you didnt hear it and continue to walk them out. Never esculate the situation or raise your voice unless need be. What I found out that works is to act like you understand their situation and talk calmly to them. Make a joke and point them in a direction to another club.

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  • Nobody wants to see your f*cking shit stained underwear while trying to have a good time.

    Pull up your pants and try to look intelligent!

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  • Of course this non-story would be news worthy to CNN...

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  • I'm not racist but man, all the clubs where I live have somehow been taken over by like 99% black people and they've gone horribly down hill ever since. Like white people getting jumped for no reason and girls getting groped and harassed. These people create their own stereo types and seem to back them up on a regular basis. Sucks for all the normal black people though, which I'm sure most are.

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  • Why do they always want to go where they're not wanted?

    If the place is "racist" as they claim, then it's best they stay away.

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    • Dude that's never enough for them, ever. Funny how when a white guy walks into a black club, every eyeball there is on you. And you can expect to get your ass officially kicked. My buddy and I stopped for a shot at a black club one night, they wouldn't even serve us. They called us every racial name you could imagine. But they can go anywhere they please, it's bullshit! I think it's valid thinking to not want them in, there's always trouble. They don't want the black women, they want the white o More..

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  • Sharpton is on his way!

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  • WTF, any place has the right to refuse service to anyone without a reason, period!!!!!!

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  • CNN playing the race card.

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  • Another uplifting story from the Democratic racial paradise from where our president comes.

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  • Oh my God! You mean someone finally figured it out?
    Sagging = Trouble!

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  • Some gyms wont allow men.

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  • BOO HOO HOO! Poor blacks. Pull up your freaking pants.

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  • Sounds like a good idea to me.

    Keep the troublemakers out. Let them hang with their posses in the ghetto.

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    • I am from Chicago and trust me - that club has enough "trouble" in it. It's in the "Viagra Triangle" where frat boys, Jersey shore type chicks and old men battle for the bronze medal. There was one decent bar on that stip of bars and clubs and it shut down years ago. Nothing but frat boy fights and vomit.

      This club/area is hand in hand with Cancun on Spring break.

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  • There are bars up here that turn away a lot of black guys, and its mostly because if they are clubs known to have a ton of black guys in them, a lot of the women won't go there. Many find the black dudes too aggressive. Women at the clubs means money for the club owners, so they do what makes business sense. People whine and cry about it up here as well, but I don't see how anyone should be able to tell the owner of a club who he should and shouldn't admit. If you don't like how they conduct bus More..

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  • Don't worry, you will always be allowed in the us military.

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  • baggy jeans and shit skids mean no entry

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  • They should have let them in then had the dj switch to country music and see how fast they head for the door.

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  • gotta hurry up and jump on the "obamarations" bandwagon before the power of the black man falls to the hispanics...

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  • and yet they let Obama in, go figure..

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  • But I'm the president of the united states! Sorry pal, I don't make the rules.

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  • testing,...

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