Moving while Black


Darren Martin, a former Obama White House staffer, received an unsettling visit while moving into his new apartment in the Upper West Side in New York last week. Six police officers showed up at his apartment in response to a 911 call that had reported a burglary taking place. But Martin was simply moving furniture into his new home. Martin said of the incident, “As a black man when you’re in an all-white environment, you’re cognizant of that. I have to say I found it kinda symbolic. [It’s] like welcome to the neighborhood.”

This..  comes just a few weeks after two black men were arrested in Starbucks while waiting for their friend, and a black woman was arrested after asking for silverware in a Waffle House. Just go ahead and add “moving in” to the list of things black people cannot do in America.

americanprogressaction.org

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