Every day there are small examples of how fear allowed Donald Trump to amass such a large share of the white vote across the board.
On such example took place in Carytown, Virginia, when Rick Berry and his roommate Philip Blackwell paid a visit to a local CVS store.
The two black men entered the store, and Berry asked one of the store employees if they sold sliced cheese. The employee told Berry they did not.
After that innocent exchange, things got weird.
Before long, all of the CVS staff disappeared, leaving bewildered customers searching for someone to take payment for their items.
“‘We looked around for probably 30, 45 minutes and we couldn’t find anybody,’ Blackwell said, adding that they discovered another customer, attempting to purchase Oragel for a bad tooth, who also couldn’t find anyone to help him.”
After a long wait, Berry stated that a police officer entered the store. The officer then helped the men search the store for the missing staff, which they eventually discovered huddled in a back office behind locked doors.
The entire episode struck the men and the officer as funny. However, the mood quickly changed.
“‘He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,’ Berry said, before adding that the officer made a few calls after which he told them they’d have to leave.
‘We’re being kicked out because they were scared of us and hiding,’ Berry said, ‘He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us. We had no idea what was going on.'”
The two men tried unsuccessfully to contact the CVS store manager for that location, but they did receive an apology from a spokesperson for the corporation who assured them that the staff member who called the police was being coached and retrained.
One can only imagine what kind of training video CVS has available to “retrain” employees who fear black men.
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