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Proposed Legislation Rips Dress Codes at Nightclubs

By Dana Boone | 01.24.08 | 2:06 pm

Iowa nightclubs wouldn’t be able to bar admittance to patrons based on what brand of clothing they wear if a bill proposed by Rep. Wayne Ford (D-Des Moines) becomes law.

“I think it’s a good idea,” said frequent club-goer Billy Gowdy of Des Moines. “They should do something about that. I’ve had that happen to friends of mine.”

House File 221 takes aim at the club dress code policies that some African-Africans in Des Moines — particularly men — have long complained about. Many blacks have complained that the brand names and styles of clothing they favor have been used to keep them out of clubs in West Des Moines, a mostly white suburb of the city where many popular nightclubs are located.

“This legislation will keep bars and nightclubs and other public accommodation businesses from denying access to individuals wearing certain brands of clothing,” Ford said in a press release. “They know they cannot discriminate because you are black or Hispanic or Asian, so they now use a brand of clothing popular with minorities to keep people out.”

Ford mentioned that popular brands such as FUBU and Pelle Pelle have been singled out as a reason to keep patrons out of the nightclubs.

Bill Proctor, a Des Moines teacher who filed a complaint last year with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission about the dress code policies in some West Des Moines clubs, agrees. Proctor, who formerly co-owned the now defunct Karma Nightclub, said white customers would be admitted without problems, but when “a black guy walked up to the front the spotlight came on.”

Club employees would tell black patrons that their clothes were too baggy, shirts too long and they complained about patrons wearing brands like Nike, FUBU, Ecko, Roc-a-Wear, among others, he said.

“The clubs hide behind the dress code to keep minorities out of the clubs,” said Proctor who created a line of clothing called 515 DMI Wear.

The issue over dress codes in Des Moines has been a longstanding one. Charles Lovelady died on Feb. 16, 2000, after a conflict with bouncers at the now defunct Graffiti’s. Club workers said he violated a policy against hooded sweatshirts, but many blacks insisted it was because Lovelady was black.

The bill will be up for debate in the House of Representatives.

Comments

  • Mr. PBR

    Pabst Blue Ribbon If Rep. Ford is so intent on wearing his PBR t-shirt in West Des Moines, there are plenty of pubs which will allow him in.  This is the most ridiculous waste of taxpayers time and money.  Let’s find some real issues for congress to discuss, can we? 

    If Rep. Ford gets this through, I recommend the clubs go private and require a membership card which would allow them to skirt around this pathetic attempt of someone to abuse their elected position.

  • CEH

    Clothes should make the man, not discriminate the man It’s good to know that someone who can make a difference in the political system is taking a stand against this blatant form of discrimination. You should have the freedom to wear what you want, when you want, where you want. I may have some reservations to if the messaging on the clothes is symbolically offensive (swastikas,etc.), but singling out and denial of someone because of name brands or the cut of the clothing is ridiculous and crosses the line of bigotry and downright ignorance!

  • CEH

    Clothes should make the man, not discriminate the man It's good to know that someone who can make a difference in the political system is taking a stand against this blatant form of discrimination. You should have the freedom to wear what you want, when you want, where you want. I may have some reservations to if the messaging on the clothes is symbolically offensive (swastikas,etc.), but singling out and denial of someone because of name brands or the cut of the clothing is ridiculous and crosses the line of bigotry and downright ignorance!

  • Jane

    Color games This has nothing to do with discrimination, it has to do with the violence would ensue when a particular brand name represented a particular group/gang or someone would be shot for their Air Jordans.

    Notice that you don't hear anyone crying because they can't wear a carhart shirt in a club. Grow up and stop playing the race card during election years.

  • Mr. PBR

    Pabst Blue Ribbon If Rep. Ford is so intent on wearing his PBR t-shirt in West Des Moines, there are plenty of pubs which will allow him in.  This is the most ridiculous waste of taxpayers time and money.  Let's find some real issues for congress to discuss, can we? 

    If Rep. Ford gets this through, I recommend the clubs go private and require a membership card which would allow them to skirt around this pathetic attempt of someone to abuse their elected position.

  • CEH

    Color Games There's no violence on the person whose wearing the Carhartt because (1) its not reported and (2) the people who do the security are wearing the Carhartt shirts in the first place! What is is about it continued typecasting and albeit stereotyping of those who wear brand names that are frequently purchased by people of color. Not everyone who wears a name brand gets into a fight. Talk to me when some who fights is wearing a pair of Wrangler jeans and a cowboy hat makes the news!!

  • Weiss Pimp

    FUBU vs. Carhart Come on now!  If you want to hit a club and you know there is a dress code then why not dress according to their code?  Then they obviously can't deny you entrance.  They have a code for a reason, they've experienced issues, examined the cause of the problem, and have moved forward with a solution.  The safety of patrons, staff, and the building are the responsibility of the owner.  They are simply acting in their best interests as responsible business owners.

    When I hit the town, I know where I'm going and always dress for the occasion.  That's simply common sense. 

    If you want to turn it into a racial thing, that's your whacked out right.  At the very least use your head and stop trying to stir up trouble where there doesn't need to be any.  Do you think Obama or Ford would show up at a West Des Moines night club dressed down?

    I hope someone steps up and runs Ford out of office.

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  • Weiss Pimp

    FUBU vs. Carhart Come on now!  If you want to hit a club and you know there is a dress code then why not dress according to their code?  Then they obviously can’t deny you entrance.  They have a code for a reason, they’ve experienced issues, examined the cause of the problem, and have moved forward with a solution.  The safety of patrons, staff, and the building are the responsibility of the owner.  They are simply acting in their best interests as responsible business owners.

    When I hit the town, I know where I’m going and always dress for the occasion.  That’s simply common sense. 

    If you want to turn it into a racial thing, that’s your whacked out right.  At the very least use your head and stop trying to stir up trouble where there doesn’t need to be any.  Do you think Obama or Ford would show up at a West Des Moines night club dressed down?

    I hope someone steps up and runs Ford out of office.

  • CEH

    Color Games There’s no violence on the person whose wearing the Carhartt because (1) its not reported and (2) the people who do the security are wearing the Carhartt shirts in the first place! What is is about it continued typecasting and albeit stereotyping of those who wear brand names that are frequently purchased by people of color. Not everyone who wears a name brand gets into a fight. Talk to me when some who fights is wearing a pair of Wrangler jeans and a cowboy hat makes the news!!

  • Jane

    Color games This has nothing to do with discrimination, it has to do with the violence would ensue when a particular brand name represented a particular group/gang or someone would be shot for their Air Jordans.

    Notice that you don’t hear anyone crying because they can’t wear a carhart shirt in a club. Grow up and stop playing the race card during election years.

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