Racial profiling is a disgusting act that sadly still occurs in 2018 and while more people are fighting to end it, it looks like it’s going to take a very long time to stop.

One positive to draw from the terrible incidents is that now it’s much easier for people to call racists out, as now they’re often caught on camera during the act of being morally reprehensible. Hardly a consolation, though.

Jermaine Massey was visiting Portland, Oregon, for a Travis Scott concert and was subjected to racial profiling when he was staying at the DoubleTree Hotel.

On Saturday night, the 34-year-old returned from the concert to the hotel when he received and emergency phone call from his mother. He took a seat in the lobby and answered the phone – this is when he was approached.

Security guard, Earl, interrupted the phone call to ask if Massey was a guest at the hotel, and began to get annoyed when he couldn’t remember his room number off the top of his head.

Earl then called the police, accusing Massey of being a “safety threat to the other guests” and was “trespassing” and creating a “disturbance” by taking the phone call. Jermaine filmed the incident.

 

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Tonight I was racially profiled and discriminated against for taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel room at the @doubletreepdx @doubletree. The security guard “Earl” decided that he would call the police on me, the exact reason is still unclear to me. He said that I was a safety threat to the other guests and that I was trespassing and said that I was a disturbance because I took a personal phone call from my mom in a more remote area of the lobby. The manager who actually called the cops, “Luis” actually asked me AFTER he called the cops, what happened? They already had in their minds that they didn’t want me there so I waited for the cops to show up and when they did, I explained my side of the story and they didn’t want to hear it. They asked me if I had personal items in my room (which of course I did) and asked me to go retrieve them. They told me that since the hotel requested me to leave, that if I didn’t I would be considered a trespasser and would be thrown in jail. I complied and cooperated and was not issued a refund for my room. I packed my stuff and went to another hotel. I cannot believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight. It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race. Earl is a disgrace, calls himself a man but calls the Portland Police Dept on a man who was minding his own business in the lobby of his hotel. I had my hotel key in my hand the entire conversation, he knew I was a guest. He wanted to prove a point and did it in the worst way. Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed. I will be seeking justice. Believe that. @doubletree @doubletreepdx @hiltonhonors #hilton #hiltonhotels #racism #racisminamerica #racismisreal @shaunking

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Neither Earl, not who appeared to be the hotel manager or concierge, cared to hear Massey’s side of the story and when the police officer arrived, he exhibited the exact same attitude.

Massey was asked to collect his things from his room and leave, without getting a refund.

He found another hotel and that was that.

 

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Tonight I was racially profiled and discriminated against for taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel room at the @doubletreepdx @doubletree. The security guard “Earl” decided that he would call the police on me, the exact reason is still unclear to me. He said that I was a safety threat to the other guests and that I was trespassing and said that I was a disturbance because I took a personal phone call from my mom in a more remote area of the lobby. The manager who actually called the cops, “Luis” actually asked me AFTER he called the cops, what happened? They already had in their minds that they didn’t want me there so I waited for the cops to show up and when they did, I explained my side of the story and they didn’t want to hear it. They asked me if I had personal items in my room (which of course I did) and asked me to go retrieve them. They told me that since the hotel requested me to leave, that if I didn’t I would be considered a trespasser and would be thrown in jail. I complied and cooperated and was not issued a refund for my room. I packed my stuff and went to another hotel. I cannot believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight. It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race. Earl is a disgrace, calls himself a man but calls the Portland Police Dept on a man who was minding his own business in the lobby of his hotel. I had my hotel key in my hand the entire conversation, he knew I was a guest. He wanted to prove a point and did it in the worst way. Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed. I will be seeking justice. Believe that. @doubletree @doubletreepdx @hiltonhonors #hilton #hiltonhotels #racism #racisminamerica #racismisreal @shaunking

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Massey said:

I cannot believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight.

It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the colour of their skin.

Earl is a disgrace, calls himself a man but calls the Portland Police Dept on a man who was minding his own business in the lobby of his hotel.

Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed. I will be seeking justice.

Meanwhile, Paul Peralta, a manager from that location, said:

Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland.

This unfortunate incident is likely the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and guest. We are sorry that this matter ended the way it did.

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