Wolfchase Galleria Mall in Memphis Tennessee has found itself getting some serious side-eye from the local community lately. Recently, there have been complaints from young people—predominantly people of color—that they were being harassed by mall security.
In one incident, several young black men were kicked out, treated violently and eventually arrested.
Wearing hoodies. The mall has justified the treatment of the teens by saying there is a hoodie rule, it’s just not posted anywhere.
Since the young men violated the not-posted hoodie rule, their treatment was justified. Interestingly, there was a bystander who recorded this particular incident.
That bystander was not wearing a hoodie. That bystander was also detained for breaking another mall rule—recording what went down.
A group of white women got to talking about how ridiculous the situation was. They could walk around wearing hoodies all day long with no problem, so why can’t young black men?
They knew exactly how they were going to tackle the situation. They decided to do a little test and prove a point.
The four women got together, each wearing a hoodie, and walked through the mall. Nothing. Strange, since that was all the young black men had done; but maybe they could push the issue further.
When simply wearing the hoodies didn’t work, they started putting the hoods up to attract more attention. That worked—sort of. They were eventually approached and politely asked to take down their hoods so that security could clearly see everyone’s faces.
They complied. Then when the guard walked away they waited a while and put them up again.
This went on repeatedly, but at no time were these four women ever threatened or harassed. Nobody called the police, nobody roughed them up, nobody threw swings at them, nobody even went so far as to speak firmly to them.
These four white women committed the exact same “crimes” the young black men did, in blatant view of the same mall security that assaulted the young black men over those crimes… and nada. They then “escalated” those crimes and mall security treated them with complete respect.
Same “crime”, same location, same rules broken, same security, but a completely different outcome. What was different?
The “criminals” in question were white women and not black men.
The foursome posted about their experiment on Facebook.
People aren’t exactly surprised at the results, but that doesn’t mean they’re okay with them. If the mall has rules about hoodies, they should be enforced the same way across the board.
White women wearing hoodies get warnings, but black men wearing hoodies get physically manhandled and arrested? The disparity was blatant and people are not here for it.
They are totally here for these women understanding their place of privilege and doing something positive with it.
We teens already have a a curfew due to shootings and other unfortunate events happening at this mall, but to ban hoodies is outrageous. The fact that the womnen were able tk walk in the without being told anything shows where the Mall stands
— Ayanna Russell (@DarkGardevoir1) November 12, 2018
On point. Real work Ms Shannon.
— Rap Tor (@Raptor2u) November 14, 2018
Great experiment! Will help the LAWSUIT by showing disparity of treatment based on Race! W
— SophiaL (@SophiaLamar1) November 15, 2018
They prove what is really happening.
Race is the deciding factor and was meant to target black males.
Boycott this fucking mall.
— Wealth As A Future (@DeeSeeMe) November 15, 2018
Every person should be treated with respect, no matter the color
— LR (@LR80611807) November 13, 2018
Good on em
— Miguel Angel Pereira (@Sm4rtM0nk3y) November 15, 2018
— The Grand Architect (@greatdecider) November 15, 2018
Let me add that a older black gentlemen that was a former reporter for the local newspaper was also detained for recording the young men being arrested.
— Antonio Clark (@mrantoniodclark) November 15, 2018
After Black teens arrested for wearing hoodies at Memphis Mall four white women wore them to highlight racist hoodie policy https://t.co/PYtcwr6qaC https://t.co/QoxSH5MdRB #blacktwitter pic.twitter.com/KJKstMGSx3
— Is It Just Us (@isitjustus2) November 15, 2018
that's not what happened. there was not one witness that said the young men had the hoodies on their head. when told they had to leave they just asked why…
— Greg (@Greg49741311) November 15, 2018
Selective enforcement of an unwritten “no hoodie” policy that gets black men arrested but lets white women break the “rule” repeatedly with no consequences.
— Wendi C. Thomas (@wendi_c_thomas) November 11, 2018
The mall has declined to comment on what happened or why their policy was so selectively enforced.
There is no word yet on whether the young men will take any legal action, but people seem to think that if it happens, these four white women may be called up to testify or their “test” may be used to show the unequal way this unwritten policy was enforced.