Following Barney’s Incident, Sharing Stories Of “Shopping While Brown” On Twitter

The most troubling thing about the story of a 19-year-old detained at a high-end Manhattan store may be that it isn’t all that unique.

1. Trayon Christian, a college student from Corona, Queens, was detained and questioned while shopping at Barney’s in New York.

According to a lawsuit, Christian was arrested and detained by undercover police officers after buying a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barney’s. The officers reportedly asked Christian “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt.”

3. While Christian’s story has gained national attention, it is clear that his experience of being profiled while shopping is not unique.

18. Some said they expected to be followed.

21. Some current and former retail employees said they are sometimes asked to follow specific types of people.

25. Other employees said they were never asked to profile customers by race.

28. Sometimes the affront wasn’t being followed around the store, but being ignored.

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