Anyway, if we are going to be honest with ourselves, we have to admit that most cases of racism actually takes place behind the scenes, and cannot be chased because you never know when it's happening or who is practicing it.
Sometimes, though, it's so petty, that you have to wonder why the person practicing said racism would even bother to sweat the small stuff in the first place.
Take for instance the case of a racist homeowner in Virginia, and a manager of a big box store who is an apologist (which makes him just as bad) for her actions.
"WSET) A Lowe's employee is claiming that a manager at a Danville, Virginia store complied with a customer's racist requests, CBS affiliate WSET reports.
Marcus Bradley, an 11-year employee of Lowe's who's black, claims the manager prohibited him and a co-worker from delivering an order to the home of the customer after she specifically requested a white delivery driver.
"I got a phone call telling me to bring the delivery back — saying that I couldn't do the delivery," Bradley told CBS affiliate WSET of the alleged August 3 incident. "I asked him why I couldn’t do it and he said because you’re black and they don’t want you at the house."
WSET confronted the unnamed customer at her home and she said she "had the right to have whatever she wanted and she did not feel bad about making the request for a white driver," according to WSET.
Lowe's told Business Insider that "those who were involved in the decision are no longer with the company."
As soon as it was brought to our attention, we began an investigation and handled the matter swiftly," the company said. "Diversity and inclusion are core values at Lowe's, and under no circumstances should a discriminatory delivery request be honored. Our senior vice president of store operations, Terry Johnson, met with the two drivers last week to apologize and let them know how much we appreciate the work they and all of our drivers do." [Source]
Sometimes racism, like crime, just doesn't pay. The homeowner did not want the Negro touching her goods and that's her right, but the manager should have had the moral courage to tell the bigoted homeowner that she should take her business elsewhere.
Finally, I saw a video thanks to my twitter friend, the Shaw, which showed a white police officer attempting to arrest a non-violent African American woman in front of her children. As you can imagine, it was not good.
Take a look here and tell me what you think.
I am just thankful that we have cell phone cameras, and that more people seem to understand their rights as it relates to filming police officers.
All I kept thinking after watching that video was thank goodness for the cameras.