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Boston Club: Apologize for Shutting Down Black Ivy League Event

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Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is calling for an investigation into nightclub Cure Lounge's decision to shut down an event early for black alumni from Harvard and Yale. That's because organizers of the Nov. 20 event allege that racism was at the root of the club's decision to prematurely end an event for a group of African-American Ivy League grads.  Club management reportedly told the event organizers that they were shutting down the event because individuals known to police as "bad people" had been spotted in line and could make trouble.

What's the problem with this claim? The Boston Globe reports that police were never called to the scene, which casts doubt on how club management had identified any of the individuals in line as "bad people." Plus, the event organizers say that tickets to the event were presold exclusively to Ivy League alumni. Therefore, it makes little sense that common thugs had managed to infiltrate the event. Moreover, if a few bad people were spotted in line, why not toss them out and continue the party?

Until the club can explain its actions, event organizer Michael Beal's claim that the black Ivy League alumni "were perceived as a threat because of our skin color" certainly seems valid. Accordingly, Cure Lounge owes the African-American grads, some of whom came from as far away as California to attend the homecoming event, an apology.



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