59-year-old grandmother, Brenda Moaning was awarded $105,000 for battery, false arrest and punitive damages after getting arrested for shopping at her local H&M.
It’s being reported that Moaning prepaid for a $5 T-shirt at the front of the Clackamas Town Center store, made another purchase and was on her way out of the store, when she was stopped by two prevention officers and a H&M security guard. They forced her into a security room, while Moaning protested, explaining that she’d already paid for the shirt–even the cashier acknowledged Moaning’s purchase! Here’s the kicker–one of the security guards told Moaning that she “looked like a common thief.”
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So you mean to tell me that these loss prevention folks roughed up a grandmother over a $5 T-shirt? I get that their job is to make sure that they keep loss to a minimum, but to be physically violent towards an older woman, who had someone from the store telling security that she’d paid, is ridiculous!
I guess shopping while Black is still a huge epidemic. The surveillance footage zoomed in on Moaning as she shopped around the store. You can see several White customers being ignored by the camera, as Moaning was the sole focus. And despite the obvious, she didn’t get awarded damages for racial discrimination.
Attorneys argued in court that part of the reason cameras focused in on Moaning was because she had been in the store before and had a bag with her. So because Moaning was an H&M shopper, the cameras were focused on her and her alone? I’m not buying that one bit. She was even wearing an H&M dress she’d purchased the day before when she was arrested. SMH!
This is hard for me to swallow, especially since her attorney, Greg Kafoury, said, “The ugliest part of the case is they made up a story and fed it to their employees that she was yelling, cursing, swearing and threatening lawsuits.” Luckily, the jury wasn’t buying it. This incident took place in 2011, but has drawn major public outrage recently and I see why!
What does fashion retail giant, H&M have to say about all of this bad press? “We apologize for all the inconvenience we caused the customer. We have full respect for the judicial process; this case has now been settled and we have no further comment.”
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20 Movies Post-Racial Millennials Should Watch
1. Movies About Racism
These 20 films show the harsh realities that African Americans had to endure.
This 1977 mini series is a MUST WATCH. The story is based on the book (which is a must-read) by author Alex Haley which was a dramatization of his family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement in Africa to his descendants' liberation in America.
This heartbreaking tale is a dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African-American community.
4. "American History X"
In this 1998 film, a former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.
5. "12 Years A Slave"
Unless you were living under a rock in the last year you've heard about the 2013 Oscar-winning movie that's based on the true story of Solomon Northup, who detailed his experience is an 1853 memoir.
6. "Higher Learning"
The acclaimed John Singleton directed this 1995 movie that featured an ensemble cast including Omar Epps, Laurence Fishburne Tyra Banks and Ice Cube. The story takes place on a University campus where students encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education.
In this 1989 historical drama that earned Denzel Washington his first Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) a white colonel, Robert Gould Shaw, leads the US Civil War's first all-Black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. But it was really a long overdue ode to the Black men who fought on the Union side.
8. "Miss Evers' Boys"
This story about a group of Black subjects who were used in the US Government's 1932 Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiments and allowed to die despite there being a cure that was developed for the syphilis disease, will leave you in tears. The film shows how Blacks were used as test monkeys to develop a cure that they would ultimately have no access to.
9. "The Butler"
See life through the perspective of the hired Black help in this legendary Lee Daniel's film that showcases the life of a former sharecropper turned White House staff men. The film highlights the importance of dedicated servicemen back in the day and how they influenced the perception of African Americans in the civil rights era.
10. "A Bronx Tale"
Interracial dating may be accepted now, but in the 60s it was extremely frowned upon. The '93 film "A Bronx Tale" follows a young Italian-American teenager as his path in life is guided by two father figures who don't approve of his Black girlfriend.
11. "Tuskegee Airmen"
Before "Red Tails," the Tuskegee Airmen's story was told in the 95 film "Tuskegee Airmen." Through their dedication and sacrifice, Blacks were able to establish themselves as combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that fought in World War II.
12. "Django Unchained"
Not your conventional slave movie, "Django Unchained" brings a comedic approach to slavery, but doesn't spare the horrific lynchings and brutal realities that slaves faced.
13. "Mississippi Burning"
"Missippi Burning" may be a film about two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists, but the journey through which they find justice is a vivid depiction of racism in the 60s.
14. "Ghosts of Mississippi"
This film--about the pursuit of justice in 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medger Evers and how his widow and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice--is a rousing story that highlights the tenacity of African Americans in the justice system
In the film "Crash," Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption (IMDB).
16. "MALCOLM X"
"MALCOLM X" is a must-see film that exposes the political plight of controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, Malcom X, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his assassination.
17. "Driving Miss Daisy"
"Driving Miss Daisy" went against the misconception that Blacks and Whites could not get along. The 1989 film explores the relationship between an old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South.
18. "A Time To Kill"
This classic film is a true depiction of the injustices African Americans faced when a young lawyer defended a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
19. "The Great Debaters"
With the help of a professor at Wiley College Texas in 1935, a group of African American students went on to challenge Harvard in the national debating championship. "The Great Debaters" is a tale that proves Blacks can accomplish they same as Whites even through adversity.
20. "The Help"
Like "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Help" showcases the lives of the in-house workers who struggled through racial divide, like having to use separate stalls and use designated silverware. It also shows the disadvantage Blacks faced in that era.
21. "Do the Right Thing"
Spike Lee's drama about a hot summer day filled the racism is a classic depiction of the ghetto and rivalries between races. The epic race rant scene showed how different races viewed one another.