(OPINION) – Today I went and picked up (the mother of the youth who was body slammed at Shoppers – censored) and her son (the youth who was body slammed at Shoppers – censored) who was discriminated and assaulted by a security guard. Shopper drug mart have a “no touch policy”! (authors friend – censored) took that training and this security guard violated all his rights and (the youth) is only 15! He is so quiet and shorter than I am. He is completely TRAUMATIZED WITHOUT A DOUBT.
He barely came inside NIPPERS to order fries and he seemed to be very alert to every little noise. Poor kid was slammed to the hard floor…basically cement flooring. He is a youth from my home rez and I don’t think he would steal anything neither would his mother. I’ve worked with (youth’s mother) last year and grew up in the same rez before moving put here to Thunder Bay after my husband was injured.
THIS SECURITY GUARD SHOULD NOT BE WORKING AT ALL. HE HAS VIOLATED EVERY CODE OF CONDUCT AND (the youth’s) RIGHTS.
When I was caught stealing chips when I was 8 from Zellers they never treated me or anyone like that back then. Thunder Bay is getting worse everyday! The racism and more hatred against our aboriginal people is extremely evident every day here in Thunder Bay. Everywhere I go I notice that we are constantly watched or other aboriginal people are watched closely. You know right away when there watching you because you get that feeling in your gut and neck.
Also when they ask you if you need help but they don’t bother asking the non-native person next to you the same question. When I was looking for eyebrow liner in shoppers at McIntyre and McKellar I was watched like a hawk. I asked her why are you right over my shoulder, do you think I’m going to leave without paying and she quickly said ohhh.uhh no…no..no…Im just wondering what kind you’re looking for? I’m told her I know what I’m looking for and she silently stepped away but I didn’t bother buying anything.
The other day at McKellar shoppers… I noticed this lady in plain clothes continuously following me in every aisle I was walking in…. I finally walked around the corner very quickly and stopped and waited right at the end.. and there she was!!! I asked her why are you watching me? She stuttered and replied…IM NOT WATCHINGGG YOU…IM JUST IN A HURRY…and I replied “well I have been recording you since I got in the store” which wasn’t true because I wanted to see what she would say….and she said, ” I’m sorry and walked away “.
What is wrong with everyone? We all were made to share this planet and it seems if you aren’t light skinned then you will be a victim of some sort of racial discrimination or profiling. I cannot believe some of the comments that people wrote when they shared the video. How barbaric and racist. They have no idea what it feels like to be on this side of the fence metaphorically speaking but they are so quick to cast their judgement.
I hope one day you will learn what or is truely like to be personally victimized because your not light skinned/caucasian.
~Keren J. Winter-ALLSKY
Below is the video of the incident at Shoppers Drug Mart.