Detroit has its issues. In fact, Detroit has major issues. Take their mass water shut-off, for example:
A right-wing state and corporate push to cut off water is economic shock therapy at its most ruthless and racist, but resistance is growing.
Anyone notice the word "racist" in that quote? Hey, me too! Guess what? Here it comes again...
Portia Roberson is African American. Apparently, shopping while black is a no-no in Detroit.
Portia Roberson is an attorney, a former prosecutor, and a former Obama Administration official who worked in the Justice Department and the White House. She currently heads the Civil Rights and Ethics Division for the city of Detroit. Yet, when she walked into a Talbots clothing store last Sunday to return some clothes and try on new ones, a member of the store’s staff looked at her and somehow saw a shoplifter.
Pretty ironic, considering she heads a civil rights agency.
Here's what Ms. Roberson wrote on her Facebook page:
When I exit the fitting room, I'm confronted by two GP police officers who ask to search my bag and ask me if I have any merchandise in the bag. I tell them to go ahead and search and point out the items and the receipt. He (the officer) tells me it is clear that someone made a mistake and then takes my bag to the store manager to point out that everything that I have in my possession, I have purchased...
The manager’s explanation was that she had asked the police to do a walk around the store because it was so busy (four customers, including me) however I pointed out to her that after searching me, they left without searching anyone else.
She added that she felt "embarrassed" and "shaken." Or to put it another way, racially profiled and targeted.
Maybe she can take her case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they'll rule that Talbot's corporate religious beliefs justified their racist actions.
Video courtesy of WXYZ.