I'm not sure if I should mention the club's name or not... I mean I don't want to end up killed or anything !!! Or sued for telling the truth to the unaware. But I really feel the need to let this out because it really bothers me, and I feel disgusted about this... So here it goes, and may God be with me and protect me!
The first time I went to work at CLUB LE GENTLEMAN in MARIEVILLE was in summer 2011. As a new girl in the club, the manager (I wish I could remember his name), asked me to follow him to talk in private about the "Rules" of the club. So the manager went on and told me about the "Rules", rules I've already heard before in every other stripclub I've been to. But then at some point he told me about their WONDERFUL UNIQUE RULE ---> DANCERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK OR DANCE WITH BLACK MEN... UNLESS THEY ASK THE MANAGER'S PERMISSION... THIS PERMISSION IS GRANTED IF, AND ONLY IF HE KNOWS FOR SURE THAT THE BLACK GUYS AREN'T PIMPS... SO IF HE DOESN'T KNOW THE BLACK GUYS OR NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE, THEN THOSE BLACK GUYS DON'T GET NO WOMEN... When I asked the manager why the club had such a rule, he said that "It's for our girls' safety, to prevent pimps from bothering our girls", and he added "I know that there's bad White people too, there's bad people in every race". After that night, I swore never to go back to that club again, not even for drinks, not even to drop off or pick up my friends. But earlier this year, my booker accidently booked me there, so I went back, the manager didn't recognize me and he let me know, once again, about the club's "Wonderful Unique Rule"...
As a BLACK woman that is very proud of her heritage, and as a person with a very strong sense of justice, I am really ANGERED and HURT by this, and kind of FEEL HELPLESS.
They clearly don't want BLACK MEN in their club. They know they can't put up signs on their front door that say "NO BLACK, MULATTO, OR NIGGER MALES", so they do it the conniving, hypocrite way, and MAKE SURE THAT BLACK MEN DON'T HAVE A GOOD TIME IN THEIR CLUB UNTIL THEY STOP GOING TO THEIR CLUB, AND DECIDE TO TAKE THEIR BLACKNESS ELSEWHERE.
CLUB LE GENTLEMAN happily allows Black men to spend their hard earned money on COVER CHARGE, DRINKS, and TIPS, but don't allow them to ENJOY CONVERSATION or DANCES with the strippers. (This is what they paid to get in for... Just like any other Caucasian, Asian, or Hispanic custumer.)
Isn't this similar to the pimp that doesn't care about his victim, and uses her for financial profits??? CLUB LE GENTLEMAN doesn't care about Black men, and uses them for financial profits. And at the same time, uses Black dancers to attract custumers. If they hate Black men, they must hate Black women equally, they just want their 100$ bar service.
THIS IS WORST THAN JUST HAVING A LIMIT OF BLACK STRIPPERS.
(Which is common and now "normal" and "accepted")
1. Not all Black men are pimps, drug dealers, thugs, and live a life of crime.
2. It is not in a Black man's genes to become so, or nature to be so.
3. You cannot qualify a Black man a pimp, drug dealer, thug, or criminal, just because he dresses, talks, or acts a certain way. Some just have bad manners or are uneducated, this could happen in any ethnicity.
PIMP OR NOT, a man will respect a confident woman that respects herself and stands up for herself. If a girl is innocent, clueless, slow, dependent, craves and needs love, affection and attention, or if she's fearful and just can't speak up, and ends up falling in the traps of a pimp, then that is her own problem. (Yes it is wrong and sad though.)
Bottom line: CLUB LE GENTLEMAN SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED.
I think any Black person who is proud to be Black, and who is in his or her right mind, would not physically or financially encourage anything that is racist primarily against Black people.
And any person, no matter the ethnicity, who believes in justice and equality would stop going to that club, because GOING TO THAT CLUB OR WORKING AT THAT CLUB IS SUPPORTING RACISM.
THIS IS MY OPINION... YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN.
WERE YOU AWARE OF THIS?
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE CLUB'S RULE?
ARE YOU WILLING TO BOYCOTT THE CLUB BECAUSE OF THIS?
(Or anything supporting racism)
DO YOU THINK CUSTUMERS COULD HELP CHANGE SOME CLUBS OPINION ABOUT BLACK MEN AND BLACK STRIPPERS?
IF YOU HAVE WORKED AT THAT CLUB, OR HAVE WENT TO THAT CLUB, PLEASE SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED.