Last week, Melanoid Nation ran a story about a group of Melanoid lawyers who were discriminated against by a nightclub/bar in Houston called Gaslamp. Gaslamp, like many other white-owned nightlife establishments that wish to engage in systematic white supremacy, is accused of enacting arbitrary dress codes and cover charges for non-white patrons as a way to deter them from entering the establishment.
Today, Gaslamp has gone on the defensive, by having their attorney Tim Sutherland post an inflammatory video on youtube defending the suspected white supremacist policies of the establishment. In the video Sutherland tries to dance around the fact that Gaslamp has violated to constitutional rights of Black citizens by using terms like “property rights” and “freedom of association.”
In an attempt to shift blame onto the Black victims of Gaslamp’s suspected racist door policies, Sutherland arrogantly claimed “some customers may bring with them, a lifetime of race based issues they have experienced.”
Sutherland also makes the false claim that “federal discrimination laws does not apply to nightclubs”. But Title II of the Civil Rights Act specifically applies to places of public accommodation, such as bars, restaurants, and hotels. Only private night clubs and establishments can discriminate against or allow people in based on their own discretion. Gaslamp is not a private establishment. It is a public bar and it failed under the Civil Rights Act as well as the Constitution. So Gaslamp should be investigated for violating the Constitutional rights of Black citizens.
Below is the full video statement from Gaslamp’s attorney Tim Sutherland:
Below is another video from a few weeks ago of a Hispanic patron was allegedly denied entry of the Gaslamp bar based of race. In the video you can see the victim get into an altercation with one of the race soldiers in law enforcement hired to enforce the suspected racist policies of the establishment.