DOs and DON’Ts of Black People Shopping In Your Store

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Both Kayla Phillips (l.) and Trayon Christian (r.) were accused of fraud in 2013 while shopping at world-renowned upscale retailer Barneys.* Both Kayla Phillips (l.) and Trayon Christian (r.) were accused of fraud in 2013 while shopping at world-renowned upscale retailer Barneys.*

Oprah Winfrey. Actor Robert Brown. Condolezza Rice. What do these people have in common? Their retail experiences were awful because their complexion is darker than the clay that Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze lubed each other up with in Ghost. Or in simpler terms, these famous folks were victims of shopping while black. Unfortunately, this kind of discrimination is nothing new. Last year, two shoppers – Kayla Phillips and Trayon Christian – made national headlines when they were accused of fraud after making expensive purchases at Barneys. Thankfully,on Monday, some fantastic news was announced: the upscale retailer agreed to pay a settlement, including a $525,000 fine, as well as hire an independent anti-profiling consultant for two years. So in honor of this ruling, I want to share some Blaria-fied dos and dont’s…

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