Are New Orleans Clubs Racist?

In respect to the Levon Jones case:
Only a single frame of the Razzoo video has been released to show Jones’s friend throw a punch to prove that the attack was provoked through violence. The NO Human Relations meeting seems only to have been a circus. Here is the story yesterday from NPR.

The truth will come out when we have all the facts. Some college students from Ithica, NY have been busy creating a documentary on the subject.

The spotlight is widening from Razzoo to all the French Quarter clubs. What do you think?

4 Comments so far

  1. Clay (unregistered) on March 31st, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    While I can in no way dispute the fact that there are a few meat heads working the doors at these clubs that may be wearing Rebel Flag underwear, I honestly cant see how these clubs could be involved in any form of racism with all the consumer spending involved. I mean are non-whites really bad for business on Bourbon street when you’ve got crackheads, transgenders, flaming homosexuals wearing assless chaps, gutter punks, shop owners running dice games, crappy t-shirt stores, purse snatchers(i speak from experience, people peeing in public, and crooked cops running amuck? I think not.

  2. Jeff (unregistered) on April 1st, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    in the service industry there are definitely stereotypes suggesting that certain ethnic groups don’t tip well, don’t spend as much money, and cause trouble. to try and filter these people out from your clientele makes perfect sense if you have a bar that’s always packed to capacity– you want people who will spend as much money as possible, your bartenders want to make good tips, and your security people want to avoid fights and trouble. it seems plainly obvious to me that these establishments would be engaged in institutional racism from the top down. bourbon street bar owners have got to be some of the greediest slimeballs in the city, and i’m sure breaking discrimination laws means nothing to them if there’s a chance it might raise their profit margins even a little bit. this has nothing to do with the bouncers, no matter how meatheaded and apeish they may seem, they aren’t out there to start fights and cause trouble for no reason. if they’re engaging in racial discrimination it’s because they’re being told to do so by a superior, a practice that is probably far more commonplace than we think.

  3. Clay (unregistered) on April 4th, 2005 @ 8:09 am

    do you really think these bouncers racism comes from management? as in, “Didn’t you get that memo? Keep the coloreds outta here or your fired!” Dont try to overload yourself with terms like institutional racism, call it like it is. Some racist bouncers, who in their defense and your as well, probably do base their actions on the stereotypes of poor tipers and trouble makers, but make no mistake, the black man wears the scarlet letter in New Orleans, trouble maker or non trouble maker. And bouncers think they are Patrick Swayze from Roadhouse.

  4. racistdoorman (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    well, they might not be good tippers, but they make EXCELLENT looters…

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