In the early 90’s there were about 28 African American bars, taverns, and Lounges. In less than two decades, the city has managed to close most of them leaving nine for a city whose African American population is well over 26,000.
History shows that every since Blacks have moved to Racine in the 40’s they have sought to entertain themselves within their own community.
In the early 70’s Aldermen began using the closing of Black bars to prove their worth as elected officials. An example is how Jim Kaplan, Alderman of the 4th District, during his recent campaign for Alderman bragged how he closed Viper’s Lounge and others small businesses in his district