I was so excited to see this article in today’s Red and Black. Essentially, this article discusses something that most college students know exist: racist dress codes at local establishments. It was a problem with the downtown establishments in Chapel Hill, and I was sure that it would be a problem here in Athens. However, I didn’t expect people to write about it.
An excerpt from the article:
“Imagine this: Frat guys being turned away from a bar that has a dress code prohibiting bright pink polo shirts, Croakies and loafers.
Not in Athens, you say? But, it is happening — just the other way around. Downtown bars are using dress codes to discourage blacks from entering, leading me to ask — is
the downtown social scene thwarting the administration’s attempts to recruit more minority, particularly black, students to the University?
There is only hushed talk about bars’ attempts to reject black business, but the bars’ policies scream this prejudice.
The Classic City Saloon on Clayton Street hangs a “dress code” sign outside its doors, prohibiting “hats worn any other way than forward, t-shirts, sweat-material (including track and sweat suits), chains and doo rags.”…”
Apparently people disagree with what the author, Andrea Aseff, is saying. Just check out the list of comments at the bottom. What do y’all think? Is it racist or not? Do you think it’s causing issues with the recruitment of black students to UGA? Leave some comments…