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Protesters organize outside of Venue 112 following rapper’s racist allegations

Posted at 11:29 PM, Jun 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 15:13:19-04

Virginia Beach, Va.  - A week after a Grammy nominated hip hop artist made a racist allegation towards a Virginia Beach night club, supporters took to Facebook and organized a protest.

The "Picket Venue 112 for Pusha T" event page was created by Japharii Jones, who also says he was discriminated against while at the club in May.

"I have never in my life seen one establishment be so blatantly racist towards people," said Jones.

According to Jones, he was kicked out of the club for not spending money within the first 15 minutes there. But after seeing Pusha T's tweet which read, "Venue sports lounge on Great Neck Rd in Virginia Beach definitely wins the award for most racist establishment in the 757", Jones believes him getting kicked out of the club had to do more with his skin tone than his lack of business.

"Is it a coincidence? I think not."

After Pusha T's quote, the owner of Venue 112 took to instagram to apologize for making Pusha T feel disrespected, but maintained that the club does not discriminate.

A portion of the apology reads "I would like to first apologize to anyone who has been offended by our door policies at Venue 112. We do not discriminate based on race, religion or sexual orientation".

Protesters say they do not believe the apology was sincere so they decided to organize a protest outside of the club on Monday, June 8.

The club is located on private property and the protestors were kicked off of the property by security. Virginia Beach Police were on scene but took no part in ejecting people from the property. According to VBPD, officers were there to monitor the protest and act as conservators of the peace but had no interaction with the protesters.

The organizers say they are looking for another place to hold their protest.

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Hip Hop artist Pusha T says he was discriminated against at Virginia Beach bar