Buffalo was once a thriving city, but is now statistically rated every year among the top ten most racist, depressing and segregated cities in America. The recent behavior of bouncers at 4Play nightclub on Chippewa offer an embarrassing example. After a successful fashion show at Forbes Theater, Royal Entertainment arranged for an after party to take place at 4Play nightclub. The models and musicians from the show all walked over to the club after the event ended around 10 P.M. All was well until 11 P.M. when the party ground to a halt, the music was shut off, and the lights were turned on. Everyone was ordered to leave the club immediately, even after people paid to get in. Everyone stood outside in astonishment when they heard these words uttered by a bouncer: “It’s too black in here! I don’t care. I’m not going to lose my job over this.” The entire crowd, blacks and whites, heard this and were offended and hurt that this was happening to them. According to the after party promoter, Jonathan Huff, he spoke to the club manager. Afterward he said this: “As one of the promoters, all business was negotiated and handled properly, but I was given a demand at 10:30 P.M. to bring in more white people by 11 P.M. or the plug would be pulled.” This type of blatant racism is unacceptable and demeaning and must be fought against by the people of Buffalo. Buffalo has the potential to be a great city once more, but who wants to live in a place where such ignorance, racism, and clearly illegal discrimination are present? This stupidity must end.
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