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Students complain to city about Milledgeville bar

The group called 'Boycott Capital' say they're continuing their fight against a Milledgeville bar they call racist.

Tuesday evening, they presented their claims against Capital City Bar in front of Milledgeville's Mayor and Council.

"When I was a sophomore at Georgia College in 2011, I was denied 3 times based on my outfit and appearance," said student Keri Pompey.

He says that experience left him enraged at Capital City Bar. He claims the sole reason he wasn't let in was his skin color.

"Because I was wearing the same things my classmates were wearing," said Pompey.

He says he joined the group Boycott Capital to fight the injustice.

Another member, Megan Goetz, presented to city officials, testimonies from students who claim they were discriminated against.

"This has been going on for about 15 years," said Goetz.

Most, like Pompey say the bar would use their dress code to deny black patrons.

Many of the testimonies also say the bar asked blacks to show Georgia College IDs, but not whites.

Goetz says this is racism and expects the city to act, telling council members "we would like their liquor license revoked."

Boycott Capital also wants the city to adopt a non-discrimination policy when issuing liquor licenses to businesses in the future.

Councilman Walter Reynolds says he likes the idea of a non-discrimination policy.

"It is important that we as a city examine the options that we have to create a non-discrimination policy and then find ways to actually enforce it," said Reynolds.

Council did not act on the issue Tuesday evening, but told the group they would look further into it.

Boycott Capital says they're also filing complaints with the justice department.

We called and went to the bar for comment. They are not open until Thursday night.


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