Blacks, Latinos, Asians Charged to Enter Houston Bar That Let Whites in Free

Blacks, Latinos, Asians Charged to Enter Houston Bar That Let Whites in Free

African-American, Latino and Asian patrons said they were told by two doormen working at the Gaslamp to pay a $20 cover to enter the establishment while whites were not charged, according to observations made by a group of Black men on the night of Sept. 11.

Published September 15, 2015

A bar in Houston has been put on blast for discriminating against people of color who wanted to enjoy a night out on the town in midtown Houston, KHOU.com reports.

African-American, Latino and Asian patrons said they were told by two doormen working at the Gaslamp to pay a $20 cover to enter the establishment while whites were not charged, according to observations made by a group of Black men on the night of Sept. 11.  

Brandon Ball said he and his two friends Dan Scarbrough and Ken Piggee did not want to pay the cover and went to another bar nearby. They returned to stand across the street and observe the suspicious activity. 

"Ken, Dan, and I went back and watched from across the street as the guys who were working the front door of the Gaslamp (pictured) allowed white people to come in one after the other," wrote Ball on his Facebook page. "Every Black person who we watched try to go in was told there was a $20 cover or that their attire was not proper."

Ball later added, "It was not just Blacks they were charging. It was people of both Asian and Latin decent."

Ball posted images on Facebook of a Harris County sheriff's deputy and the doormen at the scene that night. One doorman named Mike Ross sent Ball a message on Facebook, telling him he is the "furthest thing from racist or prejudice" because he has an African-American father. 

An attorney for the Gaslamp has since responded to the allegations saying the men were trying to access a VIP section of the bar, which called for a cover charge. 

"We see a lot of people rushing to judgment," said attorney Tim Sutherland, according to KHOU. "And that's fine to get behind a movement but you should explore all the facts."

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