Students from Washington University in Missouri say they were barred from a Chicago nightclub during their senior class trip because they were Black.
The club, Original Mother’s bar, allowed 200 White classmates, according to Washington University senior President Fernando Cutz, who was one of those admitted, CNN reports. Although bar personnel cited adherence to the dress code – specifically no baggy pants – as the reason it denied the African-American students, Cutz said that a White student and Black student exchanged jeans to see what would happen, and the White student was still admitted over the Black student.
"These six [students] were better dressed than I was," Cutz told CNN.
Even so, Cutz said he told his classmates to "go back to the hotel and change." That didn’t stop the manager of the bar from declaring that they couldn’t return anyway, Cutz said.
Cutz, along with the six African-American students involved, filed complaints with the Chicago Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Justice and other organizations after the incident on October 17.
Following media calls, a representative from Original Mother’s announced that the club was taking the issue "very seriously" and conducting an internal investigation.