"I want him out of the store right now because he's being arrogant, because he's black."
A convenience store clerk in Santa Fe, New Mexico, last week called the police on a black college student who spent a little too long shopping for candy.
Jordan McDowell, a 22-year-old student at Xavier University in New Orleans, purchased some Sour Patch Kids at an Allsup’s store on Friday. He was looking at other items when he noticed the clerk eyeing him.
At one point, the clerk can be heard saying, “And I want him out of the store right now because he’s being arrogant, because he’s black.
The Santa Fe Police were dispatched to the scene to investigate “disorderly conduct,” according to KRQE.McDowell was escorted out of the store, but was not arrested “because he didn’t break any laws," a Santa Fe Police Department spokesman told HuffPost Wednesday.
The clerk denied the incident was an instance of racial profiling, even after KRQE showed her video footage of the encounter.
McDowell, however, begged to differ.
“The first thing that popped in my mind absolutely was just discrimination,” McDowell told KRQE. “There's nothing right about this, there's nothing right to call the police on someone just because of their skin tone."