Back in February, actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared her frustration and made a post on Twitter asking white women to stop mistaking her for a Target employee. She wrote:
Today, I, dressed in all black, was asked (for the 50th time in my life) if I was working at @Target. I told the 50th white woman to ask me that particular question that people who work at Target wear a red shirt & khaki pants & that I, in all black was shopping...just like her.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 15, 2019
During a recent appearance on The Real, Brown further explained her post by saying, “I was very respectful – I’ve been respectful to every white woman who thought I worked at a store. Every single one. I’ve never been rude. I just asked the question ‘cause I don’t understand it.” She continues, “And the responses I got from other Black people, and Asian people and other people of color that have been mistaken for the help in various stores – it is something that happens and most of the time it is an older white woman that it happens to. So my thought about it is simply this: I don’t think it’s racist, I don’t think that all women – white women are racist, I don’t even think the 50 women that have mistaken me for the help are racist. What I think it is, is that I’ve heard a statement that white women are the most protected and respected women in this country. Which means their entire lives, they’ve been taken care of and tended to in some way or another by everyone, so they’re just used to people being of service. So when they’re out, and they need help, they just look for the first person that can be of service. That’s what I think it is.”
I don’t want to assume anything. Maybe I look like what they assume a target worker looks like. Maybe I just look helpful in general. But it does bug because I have never mistaken anyone who is not a target employee for being a target employee.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 15, 2019
For clarity’s sake, no shade or disparagement to @Target workers is implied. They rock!— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 15, 2019
I’m just saying: they also rock red shirts and khaki pants.
It’s like, their uniform.
Y’know, so those who need help can easily find a Target employee.
This isn’t hard.
ONTD, have you ever been mistaken for an employee while shopping?
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