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Yvette Nicole Brown is tired of white women asking her if she works at Target

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Yvette Nicole Brown is expecting more during her shopping trips to Target — and elsewhere in the world.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is not in retail. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is not in retail. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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.”

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Brown went on to engage with commenters who replied with theories as to why it may have happened.

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Brown made it clear that she views it as a racial issue. “Interestingly, it’s always been by a white woman,” she wrote.

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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.”

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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.

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She also made it clear that she meant no disrespect to people who work at Target.

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Brown replied to and retweeted similar encounters that her fans shared.

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She also urged her followers to “believe black folks when we say something is happening.”

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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….”

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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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