Lawsuits allege Hilton, other hotels discriminate against Black guests
Not too many days ago we had an argument on this forum about the difference between black-on-white (or vice versa) crime and racist crimes. Some posters had trouble comprehending 'racist'--crimes committed because the victim is black. However, my point didn't get through to everyone, I guess, because the next day one of those posters was mis-using those terms on another thread.
So, I thought that maybe the following article might help clarify why some actions are considered 'racist.' Perhaps.
"Albert Law had checked into the Hilton Richmond Downtown in Virginia's capital and was waiting in the lobby when a security guard approached him with a question. It floored him.
"Do you belong here?" the guard inquired, demanding to see his room key and identification. As the only Black person seated near several white people – none of whom was asked the same question – Law was deeply offended, he said in an interview.
"It's a level of humiliation you can never get out of your head," said Law, a software executive from the Atlanta suburbs who had come to the hotel for a law enforcement administrators conferencein March 2018.
Law is one of several Black people who filed lawsuits alleging they were confronted about their presence at hotels where they were visitors or registered guests. In some instances, hotel staff called or threatened to call police.
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Though the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis led to collective soul searching about the issue of racial profiling by police, an attorney who is representing and investigating eight race discrimination casesinvolving Hilton-brand hotelsquestioned whether Black people can receive fair and equal treatment while traveling.
"Hilton invites unbridled discrimination by encouraging hotel staff to confront persons in public areas and demand that they prove their right to be there," said Jason Kafoury, an attorney in Portland, Oregon, who is handling the Law case and others, all involving Black plaintiffs. "When guests take offense at being singled out, police are called."
Hilton said it has a zero-tolerance policy against racism or discrimination. . . .
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Last month, a Black woman posted avideo of two police officers and a white hotel employee confronting her as her two children played in the swimming pool at a Hampton Inn, a Hilton brand, in Williamston, North Carolina. They demanded proof she was staying at the hotel.
"I feel it's discrimination. I have a room here," the woman said, holding up her room key.
"For a hotel employee to DEMAND to see proof of being a guest only from the Black person and not from White people using the pool is BLATANT DISCRIMINATION," he tweeted. Calling the police, he said, is harassment.
The global head of Hampton, Shruti Gandhi Buckley, said the hotel employee who singled out the woman is no longer employed by the hotel.
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Richard Willock of Madison, Mississippi, checked into a Hampton Inn in Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2018 with his son, who was attending a baseball camp at Vanderbilt University. A sports fan and coach, Willock was watching two games in the lobby – one on his iPad and the other on television – when he was approached by the front office manager, his lawsuit said. She asked if he was a guest and demanded his name and room number.
When Willock asked why he was singled out in a lobby filled with other people, some of whom appeared to be drunken Halloween revelers, the manager left and returned with a security guard, his lawsuit said.
"I gave her my room number, hoping that would settle what she wanted, but she continued on pressing me," Willock said in an interview. When she threatened to call the police, he said he told her, "Good luck with that because I have a son upstairs sleeping, and I am not going anywhere."
Willock said he stood his ground, "not knowing how this was going to play out," but another desk clerk interceded, saying she remembered him checking in.
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Arnold Kemp went to the Palmer House, a Hilton hotel across the street from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is dean of graduate studies, last October to meet a staff member. He went to the bar, then the lobby, where he met his friend, according to a synopsis prepared by his attorney. Almost as soon as he sat down, a plainclothes hotel security officer appeared and asked the woman if she knew Kemp.
“Yes, he’s my boss,” the woman said, to which the officer replied, “Well, he looks like someone we don’t want here,” according to Kemp.
Kemp said he returned the next day to complain at the front desk and got the brushoff. His lawyers announced this week they filed a discrimination complaint.
"I am at the top of my field, and if people like me don’t feel empowered to speak up and try to change institutional racism, it’s not going to change in this country," he said in an interview.
Meg Ryan, a Hilton spokesperson, said Kemp received a phone call and apology from the hotel."
One of the above examples was also covered in the discussion some of us had several days ago (in case it sounded familiar to you).
There are several other examples included in the linked source, if you are interested in exploring the issue in more detail.