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Black Brixton bar owner blames late-night violence on black people

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  • Fridge Bar in Brixton Hill claims 13 clubs have closed because of violence
  • In Facebook post, bar spokeswoman said young black people must ‘learn to conduct themselves in a civil manner’ or face being barred from venues
  • Says ‘decent black people are losing the fight’
  • Second post, responding to media coverage, reveals the owner of the bar is a black woman
  • Post liked 155 times and has received dozens of comments in support

A bar in Brixton has blamed rising violence in south London on black youngsters, claiming many clubs in the area have been forced out of business.

In a post on their Facebook page Fridge Bar, which is owned by a black woman, warned that unless young black people ‘learn to conduct themselves in a civil manner’ they face being barred from venues.

The post claims 13 clubs have closed ‘in the past couple of years’, because of violence.

The author of the post, who warned it was a ‘controversial’ message, said: ‘The absolute majority of people who have disrupted theses venues are black men and increasingly some black women.

‘There, I said it. It is true, I have witnessed it and there is both anecdotal and empirical evidence that what I say is true.

‘I know some will say that it is a “minority” doing the damage but I disagree.

‘The minority know that they have the support of the majority who fail to call them out when their behaviour becomes awful.’

It adds: ‘It seems that the decent black people of whom there are many are losing the fight.

‘We need to take back control and start to ostracise the b******s who are giving us all a terrible name.

The 300-capacity bar in Brixton Hill, which regularly hosts House, RnB and Disco nights, hit out at media reports covering the controversial post, in a second message on the social networking site.

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