Fourth Street Live owners respond to racial profiling complaints

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 12:21 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The popular Fourth Street Live has been open for more than a decade, but for the first time a representative from the entertainment company that owns it, the Cordish Company, held a public forum to address years of racial profiling allegations.

The ACLU got involved in 2004 and years later a lawsuit followed. The complaints allege the dress code unfairly targets the black community.

About 150 people, many from the African-American community voiced their complaints with the Vice President of Real Estate for Cordish, Zed Smith, listening.

The forum was closed to the media but people inside told WHAS11 a boycott or sit-in at Fourth Street Live has been threatened.

Christopher 2X, part of the Connected Voices group which organized the forum, said Smith vowed to "revisit" the dress code, how people are let into Fourth Street Live, and how it responds to complaints. 2X said Smith vowed to work on communicating with the public to help the area be more inclusive to all in the community. 2X read that to mean an emphasis on understanding social networking, like Facebook, which along with an online petition sparked a rallying cry in the community to end alleged racial profiling.

Click on the video player to hear what some at the meeting and the company representative had to say.
 

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