I've been battling with something all weekend. On Friday night my husband and I decided to go to Winstar casino. This wasn't our first trip to Winstar. After we had played on a few slot machines, we went into a purse shop. I've seen this purse shop many times, but this is the first time I've ever went in the shop.
The shop was really nice , but kind of small. As we were walking around in the shop, a guard took notice of us. The guard started to follow us around in the store. She got so close to my husband that she started to kind of freaked him out . He is a Veteran and we are both state workers. My husband is from the north and he has never been profiled. On the ride back to garland, I tweeted the incident to Winstar. I'm questioning myself because I don't know what I expect out of the situation. I don't really know who to blame. I want to be mad at the guard for profiling me. However, I know everything happens for a reason. So the question is where does stigma start?
I've lived in the south for most of my life. Racism is something that unfortunately you kind of get used to. It just feels kind of odd, I do everything I'm supposed to do in order to be a good citizen. I pay my taxes , I work, I tip, and I care of my family. And of course I understand there are tons of things we do to be good citizens but I hope you get the general gist of things. Stigma starts when we assume we know someone based off the actions of others.
As for a response to our situation, I would love to hear from Winstar about the incident in a real response. I would be okay with hearing about increased security in that location because of theft or attempted theft. I just don't want to believe it was because I am black. If it was because of race, I fear I will always be guilty in their eyes because I will always be black.