A Hampton Inn employee in North Carolina was fired for calling the police on a Black woman who was a guest at the hotel while her and her kids were at the pool.
A Live video was posted to Facebook by Missy Williams-Wright who said she was staying at the Hampton Inn in Williamston, about 110 miles east of Raleigh, for business. In a Facebook Live video on Friday, she said she was at the pool when an employee questioned her about being there, but did not question two white people who were there.
“I feel it’s discrimination. I have a room here,” Williams-Wright said in the video. “This lady here is discriminating against me. I have a key to get in and I can show you that it works…I have a room here. I don’t have to give my name. I didn’t break the law. One of the officers asks Williams-Wright for her name and room number but she says she won’t give it to them because she did nothing wrong.”I’m the only Black person here in this pool, they want to question me,” she says. “But it was two Caucasian people sitting right over there and she said nothing to them. So she goes and calls the police officers.”
Hampton Inn has severed ties with the employee.
“Hampton by Hilton has zero-tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind,” Shruti Gandhi Buckley the global head of Hampton by Hilton, said in a statement. “The member is no longer employed at the hotel. We have apologized directly to the guest and her family for their experience and will work with them and the hotel to make this right.”
#WhatISaid- the whole time i was watching this i thought about Sandra Bland and what could happen to a knowledgeable person understanding their rights and exercising them. You don’t have to tell them all this who what where when how? And the cop said he could handle it how he pleased or something to that affect- which could have turned ugly -fortunately it didn’t.