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A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’

Jeremy Schneider
NJ.com [1]
January 17, 2019

The opening of a long-awaited Jersey City bar has been marred by a dress code sign that some have interpreted as racist [2].

The sign [3] at The Ashford, which referred to its dress code as “upscale business casual,” banned oversized jeans and shirts, head gear, ball caps, work boots, gym sneakers, shorts or athletic apparel, sweatpants or joggers, cargo pants, oversized jewelry and chains, sunglasses, camouflage, low or baggy pants and headphones. The code also required belts be worn with pants.

The references to oversized jewelry, low and belt-less pants, and head gear, particularly, were seen by some as racially specific and led a number of patrons to take to social media to question if the bar is expressly attempting to keep patrons of color out of the premises.

The sign at The Ashford in Jersey City documenting the bar's dress code. The sign has since been taken down, but not before causing controversy.

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