Written By: Tierra Francois and Jordan Barela
The sociology club is raising the bar for its campaign against discrimination.
The sociology club has an ongoing petition for three Remerton Bars to remove their dress code signs. Flip Flops, Mulligans and Milltown are the bars with the signs that display phrases such as “No Sagging,” “No Grills,” and “No Baggy Clothes.”
The sociology club believes the signs are discriminatory, particularly towards the stereotype of black males.
“A proper dress code should be one that does not single out one specific race or group within its guidelines, which in this case, it does in the majority of the code,” Jarrett Wilson, co-president of the sociology club, said.
In total, the club has garnered 526 signatures to date.
Along with the petition, the sociology club has a campaign called “Diversity, Not Dress Code.”
According to Wilson, members of the sociology club have talked to many black male students who were turned away for violating the dress code.
The club also has documentation of white males being admitted into the bars, while violating the dress code displayed outside the bar. The club does not have documentation of the bars turning away black males in violation of the dress code.
The sociology club did not release the documentation to The Spectator by publication date.
According to Wilson, the club has received support from some of the other local bars. Wilson also stated by email that the club is planning to present their petition to the three bars. The club will also take whatever they deem to be the necessary action if the bars do not remove the signs.
The Spectator has contacted the bars numerous times, but there has been no response.
Students however, are siding with the sociology club.
“I totally agree with the sociology club and will gladly sign the petition,” Chantel Durden, a VSU student, said. “I have seen the people at the bars myself turn people around that I thought were dressed nicely.”
One student has completely abandoned one of the college bars.
“My boyfriend and I just completely stopped going to Milltown,” Alexis Johnson, another VSU student, said.
According to Johnson, Milltown denied entry to her boyfriend because his shirt had camouflage in its design. After being denied entry, Johnson stated that the security guard let a Caucasian male with sagging camouflage shorts in the bar. Johnson approached the security guard, but was given no explanation as to why her boyfriend was asked to leave.
Wilson believes that the campaign will address the larger issue of racial discrimination.
“The culture of the deep south must be changed at some point for us to be able to live in a society completely free of hatred and discernment, and this campaign makes a small step towards that effort,” Wilson said.