JAKE WHEATLEY by Christian MorrowCourier Staff WriterEditor’s note: This is an updated version of the story that originally appeared online August 10.In the wake of recent developments, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill, said African-American patrons of the Rivers Casino should take complaints of discrimination to ownership.
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Amanda Green-Hawkins Following the July 25 story on the Rivers Casino shutting down a party thrown by the Ruff Ryders Black motorcycle club, the New Pittsburgh Courier received calls and emails about similar actions taken when events drew large Black crowds to the casino—actions that were not taken when events drew large White crowds. Now Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green-Hawkins, who has also received allegations of discrimination, is demanding some real answers. In an Aug. 6 letter addressed to Rivers General Manager Craig Clark, she highlighted some of the incidents.
Shortly after the New Pittsburgh Courier contacted the Rivers Casino about the Ruff Ryders Meet and Greet party being shut down by security officers, Rivers General Manager Craig Clark called Ruff Ryders President Kenneth Wright and met with him to personally apologize.