Black woman and son denied service at restaurant due to boy’s clothes

A Baltimore restaurant group apologized on Monday after a video surfaced showing a black woman and her 9-year-old son refused service because the boy was dressed that way, although apparently a white boy dressed similarly was served .
The mother, Marcia Grant, posted two videos and several stills of the incident on Facebook on Monday, saying that it was difficult to watch her son Dallas as she endured despite being exposed to racism.
"I am always exposed to racism, but it is difficult if you have to see that your child (9 years) is upset because he knows that he is treated differently than a white child !!!" Grant wrote.
The incident occurred in Ouzo Bay, a restaurant belonging to the Atlas Restaurant Group.
In the videos, a white employee, a manager who has not been identified, tells Grant that she and her son cannot be served because of Dallas clothing. The boy is wearing sporty shorts, sneakers and an Air Jordan T-shirt.
"Unfortunately we have a dress code," says the manager, when he suggests that the boy switch to "non-athletic dress shorts" if possible.
Grant then turns her camera to a white boy dressed in sports clothes, very much like Dallas, who appears to be leaving the restaurant after serving with his family. The manager later claimed in the video that he hadn't seen the white boy exactly.
Relatives: Bars and restaurants apologize for the dress code, which prohibits everything from watch chains to slack pants.
The Atlas Restaurant Group made a statement calling the incident "distracting."
"That should never have happened, the manager shown in the video was on leave for an indefinite period," says the statement in part. "We are sick of this incident. We sincerely apologize to Marcia Grant, her son and everyone affected by this painful incident."
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@AtlasBaltimore
Today we heard about an incredibly disturbing incident in one of our restaurants in Baltimore, Ouzo Bay. We sincerely apologize to Marcia Grant, her son and everyone affected by this painful incident. This situation does not represent who or what Atlas stands for.
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The group said their dress code was "the result of constant customer submissions" and "was in no way intended to be discriminatory".
Atlas said it will immediately change its policies so that children under the age of 12 are not subject to the dress code.
Grant did not immediately respond to a message asking for a comment on Tuesday morning.
However, this is not the first time that Atlas has come under fire because of its dress code. In September, The Choptank banned "loose clothing, sunglasses after dark, and headscarves," according to The Associated Press. The restaurant later changed dress codes, The AP reported.

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