The outrage over racial profiling incidents with Black people is spreading like wildfire. Another video of a Shopping While Black incident was posted early Tuesday morning, involving girls at a retail store in Washington.
One girl, whose age was not mentioned in the video but identified herself as Simone Intrepid Gamble on Facebook, tried on a dress at a Fuego store in Tacoma, Washington, only to be interrupted by chatter outside of her dressing room. A manager began publicly talking about the store’s theft procedures to an employee, the teen said, adding that the conversation was disruptive and disrespectful. When the young lady went to ask the female manager about the public address and expressed that she felt there was some insinuation that she was stealing, she and another young woman were asked by the manager to leave the store.
Yes, the manager called security on the girls, who posed no threat, for only asking questions. Watch the video:
The girls told the manager that they did nothing to deserve her hostility and had only tried on a dress that one of them intended to purchase from Fuego. After some seconds, the manager said the girls were being “uncooperative” and added that was an “educated word.” Really?
When a male security guard arrived, the girls explained the situation to him after exiting the store.
This incident comes as the nation is on high alert over racial profiling. Three young Black men were falsely accused of stealing at a Nordstrom Rack store in Brentwood, Missouri, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mekhi Lee, 19, and high school students Eric Rogers and Dirone Taylor said employees were watching them as they shopped for prom clothes on Thursday. The police were called and were told that Black men were shoplifting. The incident reportedly upset many in the local community.
22. Scenes From The Demonstration Against Racism At Starbucks
The protest is growing outside the @Starbucks. The woman on the right in the red shirt is 90 years old and told a story about her father who died when she was 9 as a result of racial profiling and police brutality. pic.twitter.com/DxQb5OYtSG
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Activists Protest Racial Profiling, Arrests Of Black People In Starbucks
Black Lives Matter activists called for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee chain just days after an employee called the police to arrest two Black men inside a Philadelphia location were not buying anything and wouldn't leave. Despite a number of factors that should have convinced police to show discretion and restraint -- the men were not armed; they were not violent; they did not resist arrest; the White man who they were meeting yelled at the police that the men did nothing wrong; a bystander filmed the entire episode on video -- then men were still taken into custody Thursday.
The video has since gone viral.
The first of what is expected to be many protests took place April 14 at the Starbucks location in question.