Money may make the world go round, but prejudice is powerful enough to cloud even the most avaricious. I am sure that some of you have heard by now about the incident involving a 19 year old Black male who was arrested for shopping. Not shoplifting, but shopping. Trayon Christian purchased a designer belt for $350.00, but the clerk did not believe he paid for it. Presuming that he stole it, the clerk called the police and had him arrested. It was not until he proved that he did not steal it, was he released. I for one, am glad that the young man had the presence of mind to return the item to the store. A belt is not worth one’s dignity.
It is not shocking that things like this occur. This is just an extreme example. Now, many would take this as an opportunity to rant against the purchasing decisions of this young brother. What’s lavish and wasteful to one person, may be within reason to the next one. What I will say, is that this kind of racist micro-aggression plays itself out when Black consumers are on the purchase side of the register more often than it should. Have you had the experience of having a cashier hold up your money up in the air? Even if its a $10 or $20 dollar bill? Play you a little too close in a store? It happens to me pretty often, so much that I sort of expect it. Until there is an organized way of fighting that kind of stuff, then incidents like this will continue to happen. Sad, but it is what it is.