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Bar Louie's dress code policy denounced as 'overtly racist'

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A Minneapolis woman says a sign she found outside Bar Louie in Uptown was shocking, and she's not shy about speaking out on the controversial dress code that has many saying they'll no longer spend money there.

"It's the new Jim Crow being enforced in a colorblind way," Michelle Horovitz told Fox 9 News.

Bar Louie is now enforcing a strict dress code that is enforced every Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to close and bars the following items:

- Flat-billed hats
- Large chains
- Sleeveless under shirts
- Long white T-shirts
- Athletic apparel
- Sports jerseys without collars
- Excessively baggy clothing

"What is 'excessively baggy?'" Horovitz asked. "Who's going to judge that? Are you going to have Grandma B sitting by the door saying, 'That's too baggy'?"

Horovitz considers the dress code to be both appalling and racist.

"You might as well say, 'No black folks allowed,'" she said. "It's ridiculous."

She's not the only one who is disgusted by the dress code either. Sean Tierney told Fox 9 News he believes it's "totally racial profiling," and Imani Vincent said the real message is clear.

"If you do not want African Americans to frequent your establishment, then maybe you should just say that and not just break it down to the dress code," Vincent said.

Vincent told Fox 9 News he believes there's only one way to respond to the discriminatory dress code.

"Hurt 'em in the pockets," he recommended. "That's where it would hurt them the most. If they don't want us there, then we don't have to be there -- and that's their loss."

Both Vincent and Horovitz say the corporate-pushed code, which was nowhere to be seen at the Bar Louie location in the suburb of Minnetonka, is a glaring example of an often unspoken issue.

"Minnesota might be the nicest, healthiest, cleanest state in America, but we have huge issues as far as segregation, racism, systematic oppression -- and people want to look the other way," Horovitz said. "This is not okay, and we're not going to patronize you if you don't change your policy."

Fox 9 News did reach out to Bar Louie's corporate office, but has not heard back. The manager at the Uptown location did confirm that the policy was handed down by their corporate office, and they say employees are simply following orders.

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