The Cordish Cos., the Baltimore-based company which partnered with the city of Las Vegas on a soccer stadium proposal, has always been under controversies and the most shocking was the one when he was charged of racial discrimination. The lawsuits and complaints was filed in three states. This report was circulated in the New York Daily News report in 2014.
The cities were the lawsuits and complaints was filed on racial bias are Louisville, Ky; Kansas City, Mo., and St. Louis. The lawsuits and complaints charged Cordish Cos of following some restrictive dress codes and other measures to bound the access of the entertainment areas for black visitors. Cordish has been responsible for accomplishing dozens of projects in various cities of the country.
In June 2014, The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported that Cordish did not allow five black men to enter the 4th Street Live because of their race. On the other hand, he permitted white people to go into 4th Street Live. Following the discrimination, those five people sues Cordish for racial discrimination on May 30, 2014. It was very clearly highlighted in the newspaper and was the first public discrimination claim.
Chris Hartman who was the director of the Louisville-based Fairness Campaign which is a LGBT equality organization worked with Cordish Cos. The association was for the sensitivity training at 4th Street Live. He also stated that the allegations were not new. The downtown complex had faced many such complaints that restricted black people from entering the complex where the white folks were allowed. He told that this had went for years.
Hartman confessed that the complex has severe scrutiny for black people in compared to the white in terms of dress code and they were tried to restrain from entering. This was the reason of many allegations for years and the associations such as the ACLU of Kentucky, Fairness Campaign and other local organizations scheduled meetings with Cordish Cos representatives to sort out the problems since 2013.
There were many reactions from the major people of the city after the news was made live. People were not able to digest what they were hearing as for most of them Cordish had a great reputation. Many talked against him and that created a world divided in two parts.
The company, on the other hand denied the allegation and said that it would be the last on the list to do something like that. However, there is no fume without fire. People who witnessed the discrimination are the proof of Cordish’s sick mentality.
The matter already was enough to fuel the disagreement of people against Cordish and that is the reason, I feel, people like Cordish should be taught lesson. If they feel money gives them the right to stretch their arms beyond government, it becomes the country’s law duty to show him the reality. No one is different in front of law and a phony will always be one. The bank balance or the complexion cannot decide the severity of the crime.