Mother Jones Sees Brown In Rainbow Lounge Story

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Posted February 25, 2010 by Jeff Prince in Blotch

The latest edition of Mother Jones spotlights the police raid on Rainbow Lounge, which has already faded in memory around these parts.

The lead paragraph gives a pretty good impression of the writer’s thoughts on the raid:

“Late on a balmy Saturday night last June, six Fort Worth cops and two officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission went looking for trouble. They had just raided two Hispanic bars in an industrial stretch of town and nine detainees now sat in the paddy wagon, hands bound with plastic ties. The rest of the city’s bars would soon shut down. It seemed like the night was over, except for the paperwork. Then Sergeant Richard Morris had an idea. ‘Hey,’ he said. ‘Let’s go to the Rainbow Lounge.’ ”

Mother Jones describes itself as a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.

Interestingly, the story, with the headline “Drinking While Brown,” castigates state law and the police more for bullying Hispanics than homosexuals.


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