Strippers in New York City are going on strike to protest the shady business practices and outright racism at the clubs.

The strippers claim that dancers with dark-skin are heavily discriminated against and are not permitted to dance during high-earning nights, such as parties hosted by celebrities. Club owners are either not allowing the darker-skinned dancers to dance on those nights at all or simply banning them from the VIP areas, where they would be able to earn more.

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NYC DJ Kay Slay posted about this discrimination on Instagram, writing, “What I do understand and acknowledge is that there is RACISM against black woman in most of these NY strip clubs! It has been going on for a while now it didn’t just start? At some of my events when it’s celebrities in the VIP I have to grab the black women by their hands and pull them into VIP.”

The strippers are also calling out shady business practices in which clubs will bring in famous social media influences or outside bartenders, which means that the money from patrons is going to these bartenders instead of to the dancers. In addition to the bartenders dressed as strippers getting the patrons’ money, the strippers claim that bartenders will outright take the money that patrons throw at the dancers.

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