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Strip Club Owner Says 'No Negros Allowed'

Those of us who grew up after the civil rights movement helped end segregation in this country have seen the old photos of "Whites Only" drinking fountains and such, but have certainly never seen such a sign from a modern era business.

Until today, that is, when photos began to circulate on the Internet of a 'No Negros Allowed' sign that was posted at a strip club planning to open soon in Abbotsford, Wis.

NBC reports (via Consumerist) that Mark Prior, who is planning to open a "gentlemen's club" in a location next to the Abbotsford city hall and library, believes he has the right to discriminate: "If I've got a problem with you it's going to be on the front of my store," he says. Prior told NBC that he posted the sign because he "had some problems with black people in the past and needed to make a policy against them."

If the club is open to the public, however, excluding people based on race is illegal. Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, an African-American historian, told NBC that the second Prior opens his business, he'll be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For now, Prior has moved his sign inside the club at the request of the city.

Posted by Bruce Carton on December 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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