Harvard Graduate Student Thrown Out of Bar in North Carolina Allegedly for Being Black
There is a story about Jonathan Wall, who was kicked out of the Downtown Sports Bar and Grill, allegedly for being black.
Wall is a 21-year old Harvard graduate who was attending a bar for only the second time in his life. A news conference at the State Capitol in North Carolina was held, with representatives from the NAACP in attendance. Wall says that he went to the bar with friends and was told by a staffer that he had to buy a drink or leave. He was not the only person in the club without a drink, but was the only African American male without a drink.
When Wall said that he was simply waiting for a friend and chose not to leave, he says the staffer got physical with him. Wall says that when he reported the incident to a police officer, there was no report filed. The officer says that it was Wall’s word against the staffer, and that they could both be charged. After Wall wrote an email about the incident, it went viral because others have had that same experience.
An attorney for the club says that the incident had nothing to do with race: “Mr. Wall was not roughed up or improperly treated. Mr. Wall was not the subject of racial discrimination… Mr. Wall was ultimately asked to leave because he was not a member or a guest. Mr. Wall apparently took advantage of a crowded door situation and a distraction to enter the premises after being told by staff that he could not enter…”
You can hear the story from Wall’s attorney in this video below:
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