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Yvette Nicole Brown is expecting more during her shopping trips to Target — and elsewhere in the world.
The Community actress shared with her social media followers that while shopping for Valentine’s Day at Target, she was asked “for the 50th time in my life” by a white woman if she worked there. Brown, who was dressed all in black — not the standard red and khaki Target employee uniform — said she replied that she “was shopping … just like” the woman who asked. She added that it does “bug” her that it continually happens — and noted that it has happened “while I’m wearing a coat and carrying a purse while pushing a cart and … looking at a shopping list.” In the thread, she added: “Happy Black History Month.”
Brown went on to engage with commenters who replied with theories as to why it may have happened.
Brown made it clear that she views it as a racial issue. “Interestingly, it’s always been by a white woman,” she wrote.
In another post, she wrote, “This has happened my whole life. … I’m black in America. That is the reason this happens.” She added, “Ask any black person. It has happened to us all…repeatedly. This is not in our heads.”
Brown went on to say it’s not that she thinks the white women are racist, but she theorized that it may be evidence of white privilege.
She also made it clear that she meant no disrespect to people who work at Target.
Brown replied to and retweeted similar encounters that her fans shared.
She also urged her followers to “believe black folks when we say something is happening.”
In one of her final posts on the topic, she wrote, “#ShoppingWhileBlack is exhausting. But so is #DrivingWhileBlack #BBQingWhileBlack #SellingWaterWhileBlack #CarryingSkittlesOrAPhoneWhileBlack and so on and so on….”
Brown, who has an extensive voice acting career in addition to her onscreen roles, will soon be seen in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp.
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