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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:21 PM
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CNN: The Crime - Shopping While Black
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 06:21 PM by RamboLiberal
(CNN) -- For Atlanta native Leah Wells, it's the humiliation she remembers most.

Not long ago, Wells sent me a note and forwarded a letter she had just mailed to Glenn Murphy, chairman and CEO of Gap Inc. The letter detailed what happened when Wells and two girlfriends decided to ditch the gym during an office lunch break and do some "power-shopping" instead. The three young women, all in their 20s and all black, ended up detained for shoplifting.

"We were dressed professionally," Wells told me. "It was casual Friday. We had on dresses and casual office wear. We were racially profiled. It was as simple as that."

Wells says she and her friends were detained by six Gwinnett County, Georgia, police officers for "about an hour and a half" at the entrance of an Old Navy store, owned by Gap. Their crime, as Wells sees it, was being black in America.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/23/btsc.obrien/index.html


Leah Wells, center, says she and Rosalyn Wilson, left, and EvaJoyce Woullard were unjustly detained for shoplifting.

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Prefer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:33 PM
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1. They were probably guilty of something...
:sarcasm:
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Klukie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:34 PM
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2. The author is right........
the time for racial conversations is now.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:50 PM
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3. "Power shopping". Retailers are very wary about that business.
I would not recommend running around a large apparel store with armloads of clothes.

That article was suspiciously short on details.

Those managers did exactly what they have been trained to do. The new wave in shoplifting, grab and dash.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:07 PM
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4. And in a show of solidarity...
...Admiral McCombover also goes shopping.

j/k
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