Another racist— Indivisible Network (@IndivisibleNet) August 13, 2018
Black girls went into inside Jenkinson aquarium gift shop, in NJ, to shop and were told: "You are not welcome here without a chaperone." These girls went got a chaperone & were told by this racist lady "You are not welcome here. Get out."pic.twitter.com/edEa4eBfBQ
A New Jersey aquarium gift shop employee kicked out a group of summer camp kids simply for being black.
An employee at the Jenkinson’s Aquarium gift shop in Point Pleasant Beach told the seven girls that they needed a chaperone. Once the girls returned with a chaperone, the worker told them, “They're not welcome in here.”
Attiyya Barrett was the girls’ chaperone and recorded the incident. Barrett later posted the video on Facebook, noting that several of the girls ran out of the shop crying and asked why they couldn’t buy anything.
“Meanwhile, there were other white girls unattended and playing with items and they were not asked to leave,” Barrett told ABC News.
Another one Make Viral: Jenkinson's Aquarium Boutique, Pleasantville NJ, suspended employee who kick Young Afr-Amer. Girls out of store shopping while Black.#BlackTwitter #blacklivesmatter #Veterans #MarchForOurChildren #resist https://t.co/oULc6YOygJ— Antoinette Segar (@denise5795) August 12, 2018
Now we have "Gift Shop Gertrude" kicking black girls out of her Jersey trash store. Shut her down! https://t.co/dUFeyCA2ef— Derrick NYC (@derricknyc) August 11, 2018
Who can possibly have good self esteem when being treated so badly. It takes strong people to overcome this sort of treatment.— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) August 13, 2018
Why does that lady look almost identical to this sea witch from the little mermaid? ???????????? pic.twitter.com/jcDS73j0fa— Brooke Gregory (@NdubitblyBrooky) August 13, 2018
Barrett was with a group of about 40 girls between the ages of 7 and 14, but only seven of the girls were in the gift shop.
The aquarium’s director of marketing, Toby Wolf, released a statement apologizing to the girls.
“We sincerely apologize to the girls from the camp group for the way they felt upon leaving,” said Wolf, adding that the employee had been suspended pending an investigation.
Barrett said she was pleased to hear that the racist woman was suspended but thinks that it is not enough.
“I don't think she needs to work there, period. I think that she should be fired. And I think the other employees need some sensitivity training to know that that's not OK,” Barrett said.
Wolf said that any further action regarding the employee will be determined after the investigation is complete.
Why so many white people continue to think it is acceptable to treat people of color with such asinine rudeness is deplorable. Until they stop, black folks and people of color everywhere will continue to record the bigots’ brazen behavior and reveal it to the world. Maybe one day these racists will realize that they are the ones who are not welcome here.
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