If you are a law abiding black man in America you might already know this, but I feel a need to remind you of a few things: Be careful when walking in and out of stores without making a purchase. Try not to walk too fast or too slow, and just try to follow the pace of the other pedestrians and people around you. The last thing you want to do is bring attention to yourself.
Just ask Forest Whitaker. That Negro is rich and famous and he still got embarrassed and shaded while trying to go about his business.
"Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker’s visit to a Morningside Heights gourmet deli came with a side order of stop and frisk.
The “Bird” star was accused of shoplifting and patted down Friday around lunchtime by an overzealous employee at the Milano Market, according to Whitaker’s publicist. The encounter was confirmed by a store employee.The humiliating episode came as Whitaker, who won the Academy Award for his 2006 portrayal of Idi Ami, was walking out.
The suspicious worker stopped Whitaker, charging that he stole something from the store shelves.
'It was around lunchtime and the store was packed," said a Milano employee who refused to give his name. 'We were like 50 people deep. The person walked in and out really quickly so our person just made a mistake. The employee apologized immediately. It was an honest mistake. I've been here 14 years and nothing like this has ever happened.'
Many stars frequent the Columbia University-area gourmet deli specializing in Italian fare. Tobey McGuire and Sarah Jessica Parker have been spotted at the upscale grocery.
Still, Whittaker's representative said the star was troubled by the incident.
“This was an upsetting incident given the fact that Forest did nothing more than walk into the deli,” said his publicist, Jennifer Plante."
Yes, but he did not follow the rules for walking while black; he must have been walking too fast.
Anyway, Mr. Whitaker was lucky; he has a "publicist" to put his stuff out there. Most Negroes don't have a publicist to tell the world that they were embarrassed by some ignorant color aroused store employee.
"His assistant said the actor, whose credits include “The Crying Game” and “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” was on the set and unavailable to discuss the incident.
According to Plante, the 51-year-old Whitaker opted not to call the cops about the allegation — in part because the worker was afraid of getting fired.
'Fohttp://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1266124.1361064796!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/article-forest1a-0216.jpgrest asked that, in the future, the store change their behavior and treat the public in a fair and just manner,' she said." [Source]
He is a Classy guy that Forest Whitaker, after all he went through he still doesn't want the employee to lose his (or her) job.
That's all good and well, Forrest, but just remember how to walk next time.