– This is the 8th in the Soon to be Award Winning Series of “XXXX” While Black in America”. Previous editions documented “Baby Sitting While Black”, “Black and Living in a Luxury Condo”, “Gardening While Black”, “Cashing a Check While Black”, “Wrestling While Black”, “Calling While Black” and “Waiting for AAA While Black”
– In this edition, “Eating Frozen Yogurt While Black” describes another head-shaking confrontation.
A Black Air Force Veteran, Byron Ragland, was told To “Move Along” by Seattle Police for sitting inside a Seattle Frozen Yogurt shop. “They asked for my ID. They told me the manager had been watching me and wanted me to move along.”
Black Man Ragland is a nine-year U.S. Air Force veteran who entered a Seattle frozen yogurt shop last week with a White Woman and her White Son. Ragland is a court-appointed special advocate and a visitation supervisor, and his job is to supervise visitation for adults who have lost custody of their children.
On the day in question, the White Son wanted ice cream so Ragland drove all three of them to a frozen yogurt franchise called Menchie’s. The trio was at the store for about 90 minutes when two Kirkland police officers arrived and asked Ragland to “move along.”
“They asked me to leave,” Ragland said recounting the incident with a reporter from The Seattle Times. “They asked for my ID. They told me the manager had been watching me and wanted me to move along.”
Store owner Ramon Cruz, a Brown Man, placed the 911 call on behalf of his White employees. “They’re kind of scared because he looks suspicious,” Cruz tells the 911 dispatcher. “All he does is look at his phone, look at them, look at his phone, look at them.”
Brown Man Cruz tells the dispatcher that Ragland is African American, and the store has had problems recently with the homeless shooting drugs in his bathroom. Based on this data from Brown Man Cruz, Sarkes presumes that the homeless in Seattle are Black.
Black Man Ragland said he’s used to people questioning why he, a Black Man, is with White families, and would’ve offered an explanation, had someone asked. However, no one asked him. Instead, officers arrived and forced him, along with the White Woman and White Son to leave.
Brown Owner Cruz alleges the call had nothing to do with race because Ragland was sitting adjacent to the mother and son. “This is not racial profiling, though,” Cruz said. I experience the same thing. It was a misunderstanding, which sometimes do happen.”
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