Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott is urging the Atlas Restaurant Group to remove its dress code policy at all 15 locations in the city.
In a statement released Saturday, the Democratic nominee for mayor called last Sunday’s incident at Ouzo Bay, where a 9-year-old Black boy was denied entry for wearing athletic apparel, while a white boy was admitted in similar clothing, “completely disgusting and outright racist.”
“Our country is in the midst of the largest civil rights call to action in generations,” Scott said. “It is a slap in the face that people are still blind to overt discrimination. It broke my heart to see that young boy humiliated and treated less-than because of the color of his skin.”
Scott also called on the company to create a scholarship program for city school graduates interested in hospitality and food service careers, “subsequently giving back to the community and creating more equity and inclusivity within the industry.”
The Baltimore-based company on Thursday announced it would no longer enforce a dress code at either of its properties at the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East after Marcia Grant posted a video seeking an explanation for why her son could not enter, while the white child was admitted.
Thousands shared the video, with widespread condemnation and protesters calling for a boycott of the restaurants, while Marcia and her son, Dallas, appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to explain the incident.
Scott also invited Dallas, a rising fourth-grader, to shadow him for a day and “see the greatness of our city, something that people like myself, his mother, and others work tirelessly every day to uphold and respect.”
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“We have a long way to go but I encourage Baltimoreans to continue to stand in solidarity with Black people and speak out on injustice not just within our own communities, but across the country and the world,” Scott said.