Portland hotel calls cops on black guest in lobby

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    • #4893
      Flying Squirrel
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      https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2018/12/portland-hotel-calls-cops-on-black-guest-in-lobby.html

      Jermaine Massey had just seen Travis Scott perform at the Moda Center on Sunday night and returned to his hotel when he saw that his mother had called.

      She lives on the East Coast, so he assumed if she called so late, something must be wrong. So he sat down in the lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel in the Lloyd District to take the call before going up to his room.

      Massey recounted what came next in a series of Instagram videos that have gone viral. Massey, from Kent, Washington, says in them that he was targeted by a security guard because he is black and that this led to Massey being kicked out of the hotel and having to find a new one near midnight.

      It was his first time in Portland.

    • #4944
      99th Monkey
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      You’d think the time for an “apology” would be as soon as the hotel staff and security guard discovered that “OMG this man IS our hotel guest”… “We are so sorry sir, we just didn’t know” .. and that would have hopefully been the end of it.  But no.

      I hope Mr. Massey sues Hilton’s ass off, and wins millions of dollars in damages for being totally displaced, and having his very life placed in jeopardy — hell, he could easily have been shot for Christ sake.

      Grrr.

    • #4951
      retired liberal
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      If we don’t like all these Blacks here, why’d we import so many against their will, a couple hundred of years ago?
      Blacks are here, Blacks are full citizens now, with all the Rights of White people. We need to learn to deal with it better.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

    • #5077
      Snort McDork
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      What an A-hole.

      I'm Snort McDork and I approved this message.

      "I like birdy num-nums"

    • #5578
      Vanflower
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      guy was being harassed.  The security guard and manager were polite even when being provoked by massey.  Massey’s own account states that he became irritated after he was interrupted while on the phone.  Massey would not give his room number.  The police report describes him as being very angry and loud.  The manager had to ask him to calm down.

      So this appears to be another instance much to do about nothing, well, except the twitter mob mentality.

      • #5623
        Flying Squirrel
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        singled out for your skin color and kicked out of your hotel for refusing to pause your phone conversation, after having dealt with many years of the same type of harrassment.

        Ever try putting yourself in someone else’s skin, not just their shoes?

    • #5679
      Vanflower
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      He was quoted in a USA article stating that he thought he was singled out because of the way he was dressed – indeed he was dressed down in a hoodie and jeans – and he surmised that the security guard approached him because he may have thought he did not money to stay there and the hotel had issues with vagrants. He was asked to leave because he became angry and did not say what room he was stating in.  In the video he was trying to provoke the security guard who was not biting.  He was acting loud and angry. At that point the hotel was right to call the police to escort him out.

      To answer your question – I have been questioned many times, when I respond politely I am treated with respect, when I am not polite I am not and get what I deserve, why can’t this guy be expected to live by the same rules? does.

      • #5716
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        I believe it’s wrong to judge someone whose shoes I have not walked in. Yes, I have been questioned before but I have not been Black. I think we’re just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one because I believe skin color played an important part, in terms of the reason for the confrontation, the reason for his reaction to the confrontation, and the reason for the actions of the security guard and manager in kicking him out of his hotel room.

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