The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a bar owner over his policy of barring people who wear their hair in cornrows, dreadlocks or twists. In a federal lawsuit, the Virginia chapter of the ACLU says the Kokoamos Island Bar, Grill and Yacht Club's policy amounts to racial discrimination because it singles out hairstyles usually worn by black customers.

The group filed the suit Thursday in U.S. District Court against Kokoamos owner Barry Davis on behalf of Myron Evans and Kimberley Hines. Evans was denied entry in June and Hines was turned way in August, an ACLU statement said. Hines was with three white friends and was told she would not be allowed into the bar because of her dreadlocks, the statement said. Evans was with a group of 10 friends and was also turned away for the same reason, the ACLU said.

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Should the ACLU win its lawsuit against this bar owner who won`t allow people with dreadlocks or cornrows to enter his establishment, no matter what their race?
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a bar owner over his policy of barring people who wear their hair in cornrows, dreadlocks or twists. In a federal lawsuit, the Virginia chapter of the ACLU says the Kokoamos Island Bar, Grill and Yacht Club`s policy amounts to racial discrimination because it singles out hairstyles usually worn by black customers.

The group filed the suit Thursday in U.S. District Court against Kokoamos owner Barry Davis on behalf of Myron Evans and Kimberley Hines. Evans was denied entry in June and Hines was turned way in August, an ACLU statement said. Hines was with three white friends and was told she would not be allowed into the bar because of her dreadlocks, the statement said. Evans was with a group of 10 friends and was also turned away for the same reason, the ACLU said.

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15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/30/07 - 5:59:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. If you own a business and can afford to pick and choose your customers you can. Plus many bars already have strict dress codes. As for here where I live, dreads are seen more on white hippie types than African Americans. Maybe the owner is trying to keep a more corparate clientele.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/30/07 - 7:28:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Er...it's *his* bar, he can admit whoever he likes...
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 1/30/07 - 8:46:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. It's his bar. HE can admit whoever he wants.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/7/07 - 10:18:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/30/2007 8:46:22 AM nightgoddess wrote:
No. It's his bar. HE can admit whoever he wants.

I agree

15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/7/07 - 10:26:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/30/2007 8:46:22 AM nightgoddess wrote:
No. It's his bar. HE can admit whoever he wants.

I agree, too. However, I fully support the ACLU's right to bring attention to his policy with the intent of driving away would-be customers voluntarily. I support his right to make such a policy, but I certainly wouldn't give him a penny of my business.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 7:40:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
He doesn't have the right to turn away people because of race, last time I checked, but dresscode he can.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 11:21:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a little strange that he singled out dreadlocks and cornrows, but if he wanted to limit his clientele that's his business.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 11:25:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, but it's still odd. It's a bar, not a formal dining restaurant.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 11:28:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
No way. The owner of an establishment is allowed to set dress codes. At one bar close to my home, nobody is allowed to wear beanies. Why? I haven't a clue. Do I even care? Uh, no.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/11/07 - 11:32:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends on whether the ACLU can prove the bar owner discriminates because of race. If so, then yes, they should win. If not, no.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/17/07 - 8:19:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe the guy has a personal reason as to why he doesn't want to admit people with certain hairstyles. He might have been caught in a hippie protest. It doesn't matter because it's his bar anyway.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/27/07 - 1:30:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't consider it racism but I think people should only be turned away from places if they personally have been known to cause trouble. And even then people should allow for second chances. I'd love to know why he has a problem with those kinds of hair styles. I love dreadlocks.
15 yrs ago - Saturday 5/12/07 - 7:16:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Right to refuse service to anyone...
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/4/07 - 4:49:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe he finds them horribly ugly, like many people do. It might not be a racial issue.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/07 - 8:12:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's really no different from, "No shirt, no shoes, no service."
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 12/30/07 - 12:20:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, idiots, hair isn't "dress".



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