Johnathan Wall: Racism Sparks Raleigh Sports Bar Boycott
Downtown Sports Bar & Grill: Johnathan Wall Finds Racist Policy at Raleigh Bar is Not an Isolated Incident
21-year-old Johnathan Wall, who starts grad school at Harvard in the fall, told his former teacher about a troubling incident at a local Raleigh bar.
Johnathan Wall and his friends were barred from entering the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill because they were black. Wall wrote a lengthy account of the incident, which you can find below, via NCCU teacher Philip Christman's blog.
In a nutshell, Downtown Sports Bar's bouncer only let Johnathan Wall and his friends in because a cop happened to be walking past, but that was only the beginning. Wall said he was later attacked by the bar's manager, identified by New Raleigh as Todd Chriscoe; himself no stranger to tangles with the police.
More disturbingly, the police officer that Wall approached made no attempt at all to do her job:
She said that it would require a search warrant and that there was “No telling” how the video could be edited, tampered with, or even done away with before it would be required to be handed over to the investigators. What troubled me about my conversation with the officer was that she seemed to assume the worst case scenario in every possible solution to my encounter. She kept talking about how much paper work would be involved, as if that were going to deter me from seeking justice. Still, it was 2am, and after speaking to both of my parents and my friends, I realized that justice couldn’t be served that night.
Both Christman's and New Raleigh's posts are attracting dozens of comments from readers who say they've experienced the same treatment at Downtown Sports Bar and Grill, and a boycott movement has sprung up.
A rally is planned for June 30 at noon local time in Moore Square
If your bar is modern enough to have televisions, then it's modern enough to ditch its racist door policy. Perhaps the Raleigh police's lackadaisical response will be handled separately.