Racism is alive and well in America. Plenty of people will try and say that it isn’t, but for those of us who are non-white Americans, we fact it every single day of our lives in some capacity or another. Case in point – a heartbreaking recording on Facebook Live from a Black woman thrown out of an Alabama Victoria’s Secret for shopping while Black.
Kimberly Houzah was shopping in the popular women’s store in Oxford, Alabama when she was told to leave by an employee after another Black patron was caught attempting to steal items. Houzah says of the encounter:
“I can buy anything in there I want. I wouldn’t dare step a foot back in [that store again]. I’m so upset. I already didn’t need to be spending the money, but I’m like you know what, I’m going to treat myself … Why I gotta be put out? Because I happen to be black in Victoria’s Secret?”
Here is her tearful, heartbreaking video:
This is absolutely despicable on the part of the store. Of course, Victoria’s Secret hastily released a statement to save face, and says the employee responsible has been fired. As of this writing, the firing has not been independently verified. Here is the company’s statement, via Facebook:
These people need more than a statement to make amends for this one. While I understand that Victoria’s Secret is a large corporation and they cannot see what is happening at all times in every single store, still, a short statement like this is not enough. These people need to offer this woman a huge, hefty gift card, along with a personal public apology. Hell, even that wouldn’t be enough to make up for this indignity. They need to replace the entire staff in that store and retrain all of their employees to be racially sensitive.
Victoria’s Secret, I’ll definitely have my eye on this one, and I won’t be shopping there until you come into the 21st century and realize that racism is not acceptable.
Featured image via video screen capture