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January 27, 2009

City commission candidate defends himself against accusations of racism

Ward 4 Enid City Commis-sion candidate Gary James is aware of stories circulating about how he has refused service to some customers at his Chicaro Club, but he defends himself against accusations he is racist.

James reportedly has asked black people and people he believes are homosexual to leave his establishment.

James said he has asked people to leave the bar, but it is not based on race or sexual orientation. However, he does have some strong words to describe those he won’t allow in his establishment, calling them “trash” and “faggots.”

“If a racist is someone who doesn’t like unproductive trash, then it’s true. I’m talking about white, black, brown or yellow. I don’t like unproductive people,” James said Monday. “People who know me, know better.”

He said he has never asked anyone to leave his club based solely on their race, and said he has asked many more white customers than black customers to leave because they caused a problem.

He said he has asked customers to leave who are wearing clothes he does not approve of.

“I don’t like girlie men. I’m not fond of men with all kinds of metal in their face,” he said. “My customers don’t want them around, and I don’t want them around. I don’t consider that racist. I have black friends, but they are productive. Guys who come in with their britches down to their knees won’t get served in my place.”

James is proud of the fact there have never been drugs associated with his business. Chicaro Club is known as a hangout for personnel from Vance Air Force Base, and James said he was told a military survey of Enid establishments showed his establishment was drug free.

While Vance commanders can place a business off-limits, that designation has never been placed on Chicaro as far back as records go, according to Bob Farrell, 71st Flying Training Wing community relations chief.

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