A buddy of mine has been victim of racism

The last task turned into a royal nightmare when fellow staff members started isolating themselves from Chris because he wore a shirt to work that simply said, “Black Lives Matter.” Soon thereafter, he was stopped by campus police & was told to kneel on the ground & get forcefully handcuffed while he kept insisting he was a staff member.

It honestly breaks my heart to hear about the constant systematic racism that my friend Chris is victim to on a weekly basis. When you’re privileged enough to not be seen as an “other” by the majority race where you live, it’s easy to forget what it’s like for people who are. Chris can’t even walk into the grocery store without getting distraught & sad looks from at least one client or employee. When he has the desire to buy clothing or electronics for instance, he is often indiscreetly followed around the store by a supervisor & is hardly ever left alone to shop in peaceful solitude. Worst of all, he is regularly facing adversity with his own supervisors. Almost everyone from local restaurants where he once waited tables to the college he was recently laboring at. The last task turned into a royal nightmare when fellow staff members started isolating themselves from Chris because he wore a shirt to work that simply said, “Black Lives Matter.” Soon thereafter, he was stopped by campus police & was told to kneel on the ground & get forcefully handcuffed while he kept insisting he was a staff member. Word got back to Chris that several of his coworkers called campus police on purpose to harass him into quitting the job altogether. Not only did Chris find an attorney who specializes in police misconduct, but they also handle employer discrimination suits on top of that. He took all of the evidence that he could find & presented it to his attorney when they met earlier in the week. The attorney is confident that my friend Chris will succeed with this case if it ever goes to trial.

 

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