Tom Austin, a venture capitalist and managing partner of the F2 Intelligence Group, threatened to call 911 in the confrontation earlier this week. “I’m a tenant in the building — are you?” he tells the men in the video. One of the men later says: “As you can see, we’re dealing with racism here.” The The black Entrepreneurs had been renting office space in the building for a year and a half.
Austin ultimately called the building manager, who confirmed the men have a lease in the building. The fallout from his actions led to Austins company F2 Intelligence Group losing its lease in the building. Austin reportedly later said he “should have handled it differently”, and that, “Not my job to have done anything.”
EXACTLY! People need to mind their own business. Who walks into a gym and asks people are they suppose to be there?
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Normally we don’t speak out about encounters of racial profiling and age discrimination that we face day to day in our lives as young black entrepreneurs. Although today May 26th 2020 7:51pm we encountered a situation where a man entered the facility, a shared private gym that we utilize in our @wework @mozaic_east office located in uptown Minnesota. Granted we’ve been in this office space and have rented and grown our business for the past 1 year and half here. As we were working out this man approached and immediately asked us who we were and if “WE BELONG” in this building. Granted in order to enter the building you NEED a key card to enter EVERY part of the building which EACH of our team members individually have. We all pay rent here and this man demanded that we show him our key cards or he will call the cops on us. We are sick and tired of tolerating this type of behavior on a day to day basis and we feel that we had to bring light onto this situation.