According to lawsuits – Reed Cordish – Trump’s incoming adviser worked to keep black customers out of his properties.
Now the president-elect has selected Cordish as a close adviser — even though multiple lawsuits against Cordish Companies claim that there was an organized plan to ‘lighten up’ their nightspots by harassing black customers.
Between 2010 and 2015 at least eight state and federal discrimination lawsuits were filed against the company in Missouri and Kentucky.
Two black men are currently appealing a case from 2014 that says Cordish’s clubs hired white men to beat them with the aim of keeping black people out of the area.
A former floor manager at Kansas City’s Tengo club testified that she heard Cordish himself on multiple occasions use the code words ‘urbans’ and ‘Canadians’ to refer to black people and point them out to be expelled.
‘A ‘rabbit’ was a white kid who got free drinks to go around the District – do whatever he wanted – so long as he singled out blacks and started confrontations with them’ she said.
One former rabbit – Thomas Alexitch – confirmed the scheme in a sworn affidavit.
He said that he earned up to $150 a night in addition to free drinks.
‘I would estimate that 90% of the people I started altercations with were African-Americans’ Alexitch said.
A federal district court ruled in Cordish’s favor – but plaintiffs Dante Combs and Adam Williams are appealing.
Former floor manager Christina Martinez also claimed that the Vice President of ECI Jake Miller once grabbed the DJ’s microphone in her club and yelled ‘Get that fucking nigger music off here’ when he heard hip-hop music.
Miller also reportedly told William Whitlock – a black former Cordish employee – that he was upset with the amount of black people who had been let into the club.‘He made the comment that if he ever saw this many n—rs in the building again – he would chain the doors and burn it down with me inside’ Whitlock said – the Daily Beast reported.