Anti-Racism Activists Accuse Durham Bar of Being Racist

Anti-Racism Activists Accuse Durham Bar of Being Racist

On Tuesday night, Durham activist Takiyah Thompson and several friends walked into Central Park Tavern on Rigsbee Avenue and tried to order drinks. Local anti-racism activists say the bar, which opened this month, refused to serve the group because of their race.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, activist group Defend Durham wrote that a bartender “refused service” to the group of primarily black and brown customers, who were there celebrating Thompson’s birthday and a march held earlier that day following court appearances by several of the activists, who have bee charged in connection with the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham on August 14.

What started as a celebration turned into a dispute activists say confirms the persistence of racism in the city.…

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