Some call it the Trump effect, others say it’s nothing new- just a rise in people using their recording and sharing devices. Being black in Trump’s America means you may need to look over your shoulders a lot more;
Being in an Ivy League college while black:
A black Nigerian student in Yale University, Lolade Siyanbola fell asleep in the common room area of the hostel, a white student confronted her that she should not be sleeping there, then called the police on her.
She had to prove to the police that she was not an intruder and she belonged in the hostel. She opened her room to let them in; she also showed them her identity card. The police finally let her go without making an arrest, but the whole situation which was captured on camera sparked a national outrage.
Using an air BnB while black
STORY TIME: During our time in Cali we have been staying at an Airbnb. The 30th was our second morning and at about 11am we checked out. The four of us packed our bags, locked up the house and left. As you can see 3 of us were Black. About 10 seconds later we were surrounded by 7 cop cars. The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put our hands in the air. They informed us that there was also a helicopter tracking us. They locked down the neighborhood and had us standing in the street. Why? A neighbour across the street saw 3 black people packing luggage into their car and assumed we were stealing from the house. She then called the police. At first we joked about the misunderstanding and took photos and videos along the way. About 20 minutes into this misunderstanding it escalated almost instantly. Their Sergeant arrived… he explained they didn’t know what Airbnb was. He insisted that we were lying about it and said we had to prove it. We showed them the booking confirmations and phoned the landlord… because they didn’t know what she looked like on the other end to confirm it was her.. they detained us – because they were investigating a felony charge – for 45 minutes while they figured it out. He made me show my ID and made it clear I was being tagged. We have been dealing with different emotions and you want to laugh about this but it’s not funny. The trauma is real. I've been angry, fustrated and sad. This is insanity. The cops admit that the woman’s reason for calling the police was because we didn’t WAVE to her as she looked at us putting our luggage into our car from her lawn. But they pulled over three filmmakers! We documented it all!!!!! #wedidntwave #arighttoberight #racialprofiling #privilege #rightourstories #therevolution #whenyoupulloverfilmmakers @directedbykells @iamdonisha @komiolaf @ahutchphoto
Fyffe Marshall and her friends checked out of their air BNB and where going into their car, then things got weird very really fast. Seven police cars showed up. The neighborhood was seemingly locked down. The police told Fyffe-Marshall and her friends to put their hands in the air, and then informed them a helicopter was tracking them.
Why all the commotion?
A white neighbor had called the police on them, thinking they might be burglars. Now these air BnB guests had some explaining to do. They called the owner who rented the apartment out to them through air BnB but the police still disbelieved them. They were detained for almost 45 minutes until the police was satisfied they where not Burglars.
Racism or just a misunderstanding? – It depends on who you ask, the air BNB guests felt they were targeted unfairly because they were in a white neighborhood. The lady who called the police says she is just being observant, the police say they are just doing their jobs.
Playing golf while black
This happened in April 12th this year, a group of women were told by owners of the Grandview Golf Course in York County, Pa that they were taking too long to play golf. The club owner proceeded to ask them to leave and offered to refund their memberships. When the women refused to leave, and they called 911.
Video footage taken by one of the women shows the club’s co-owner, Jordan Chronister, saying he had been timing the women. He interrupts them in a mocking tone and tells the women to leave before the police arrived.
The women refused to be intimidated and the conversation revealed that these female golfers understood the game and their rights. The police have said that once officers arrived at the course, it was clear that law enforcement did not need to be involved.
Sitting in Starbucks while black
Picture this, two black men walk into Starbucks to wait for a business meeting with their colleague. They are architects. One of them ask to use the rest room, but he is told it’s only open to paying customers. The waiter offers them a drink, but they said they are fine just waiting for a colleague.
Two minutes later, the police arrives and ask them to leave- they are still trying to digest what is happening when they are put in handcuffs and led away.
A white woman filmed the entire episode and posted it on twitter.
The Outrage that followed was serious but Starbucks reaction is commendable. They closed most of their stores for racial bias trainings
Moving into a posh estate while black;
Darren Martin moved to New York City after years working for the Obama White House in Washington to take a job as an aide in the city’s government. After a couple of months crashing with friends and family, he finally found his own place on the Upper West Side, a really upscale apartment in the prestigious Manhattan area- close to celebrities and Top business Moguls
While he was moving into his apartment he saw the NYPD pull up and park on the opposite side of the road- he knew they were coming for him.
He let a trio of officers into the lobby and the three began to question him about what he was doing in the building, he said. He told them that he was a resident but said that he didn’t have his ID on him., about three more officers went up in and let themselves into his apartment, which was unlocked, he said. They found his friend, who had another engagement that evening, taking a shower, and eventually were satisfied that the two were telling the truth.
The NYPD said their investigation into the call concluded in about 10 minutes.
Later on that evening, another pair of officers arrived responding to a similar call; they told him that they were unaware that the issue had already been investigated, Martin said he feels lucky the situation ended well. At one point, he remembered to ask permission to look for his ID in his pants before putting his hands in his pocket
Barbecuing while black:
A black family in Oakland was having a barbecue when a white lady walked up to ask them to leave. Even though the area was a designated for barbecue, the lady insisted they cannot use a charcoal grill.
She went ahead to call the police. The police did nothing rather evaluated the woman for being mentally unstable. She also became a viral meme
Just yesterday, An American comedian (Roseanne barr) called a former white house aide to president Obama an ape look alike.
As black a person, am just wondering, do we have to learn to leave with racism, is this ever going to change???