It’s time African Americans and people of goodwill that are anti-racism stand up and vote with the power of their pocket by refusing to patronize the racist business.
A New Jersey man is considering legal action after what he said was a “blatant” instance of a racist double standard involving the dress code of a Jersey City bar that has been under fire in the past for its dress code.
Charles “CJ” Pace, 26, said he was at The Ashford for lunch with friends Keziah Jones and Andrece Brady around 4 p.m. on April 10 when they were told they could not come inside because he was wearing “joggers” sweatpants, so they had to dine at a table outside.
Pace had no issues with it until he saw a group of white men in sweatpants and backward hats walk right into the restaurant without being stopped at all, which he filmed on his phone.
“At first I saw other people dining outside, so I said, ‘OK cool if this is the dress code, I totally understand,”’ Pace told TODAY Food. “Then we sit outside and I’m facing the door, and we see these guys walk right in. It felt so blatant, so disrespectful.”
The artist and model from Newark then posted the video on Twitter and Instagram, where it has been viewed more than 700,000 times combined.
being black in america is being told you can’t come inside of an establishment because you have on sweatpants but you can sit outside, and as you sit outside you watch white people walk smoothly inside with sweatpants and hats to the back. dont support TheAshFord in JerseyCityNJ pic.twitter.com/jXpWTFCdh8
— CJ Pace (@dudebeyourself) April 11, 2021
“Being black in america is being told you can’t come inside an establishment because you have on sweatpants, but you can sit outside.. and as you sit outside, you watch white people walk in smoothly with sweatpants on,” Pace wrote.
“How would you feel? and then to make it worse, we ask for the manager and he tells us he wouldn’t really make it a big deal & can he offer us a round of shots to make it better.. wtf? he also chuckled when i brought up my social media platform, i wonder if it’s still funny now? .. what a shame! @theashfordjc to think i was gonna have my birthday dinner here! TUH , not when the dress code only applies to my people.”
Pace said he mentioned the situation to a security guard outside thinking he would rectify it.
“He started walking toward the door, and I thought he was about to tell them they couldn’t come in, but instead he’s like, ‘I hope you guys don’t think pointing this out to me is gonna change anything,” Pace said. “For you to even say that, you just wanted to say something snarky to us.
“That’s when I knew for a fact that they were about to let (the white men) in, so that’s when I started recording.”
The owners of The Ashford, Kenneth Caulfield and Jeff Lam, did not respond to a request for comment from TODAY but issued a statement on Instagram three days after Pace posted his video.
The statement did not specifically mention the incident, and the restaurant has appeared to have turned off the comments on its Instagram account.