You'd think that at least famous celebrities would be safe from racial discrimination and profiling, but no. NBA big man John Henson revealed today how he allegedly was discriminated against by Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
The 6'11" Henson, who plays for Milwaukee Bucks and signed a $45 million extension earlier this month, was appalled when the management of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers refused to let him enter their establishment. Perhaps scared by his size and the color of Henson's skin, the entire staff moved to the back of the store as if Henson was going to rob or shoot them even though he had given no such indication.
At first, he couldn't understand why the store staff was acting so strange at seeing him, but then it all became clear when two cops showed up – quite possibly at the store owner's complaint. Henson was interrogated there and then and asked to explain the purpose of his visit, something which no other customer was asked to do.
Police ran his car's plates were run through the system and when it was confirmed that he posed no threat to the store or the staff, Henson was allowed in. All Henson wanted to do was to check out a watch like a regular customer but he was singled out and made to prove his identity and intentions.
Later on, he took to Instagram to vent his frustration and tell his story:
Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours . They locked the door and told me to go away . After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes ( I assumed they were called by the store ) . I was then approached by 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up . This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I've ever experienced in life and wouldn't wish this on anyone . This store needs to be called out and that's what I'm doing . You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn't bring any business to this discriminatory place .
If it is true then Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers' owners should really be ashamed of themselves for their disgusting treatment of Henson.