Sunday, March 21, 2010

Police Arrest 16-year-old in Wal-Mart "All black people leave" Case

Police have arrested a 16-year-old Washington Township, N.J teenager, who is accused of picking up one of two dozen public address phones accessible to the Washington Township store’s customers, and saying “Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now.” The incident occurred on March 14th.

A manager quickly got on the intercom system and apologized for the remark. However, some community members said on Saturday that they’ve heard reports of similar incidents at the store that were not reported to police.

It is as yet unclear if the teen, unnamed due to his age, felt his actions were simply a prank. However, speaking to a psychologist, Dr. Dominika Osmolska, PsyD, the evidence is clear that there is certainly racism involved: "Well, of course. After all, with access to the P.A. system, why choose to say that, otherwise?"

Police would not confirm if the boy had a criminal record and would not disclose the teen’s race. If convicted, he would face up to a year in juvenile detention.

Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County chapter of the NAACP, said “We are concerned about that, and we’re looking into these incidents. We want to work with the community to make sure these types of incidents don’t happen. I’m assuming this person didn’t realize how hurtful his comments were."

Speaking again to Dr. Osmolska, she said that despite his apparent racism, the above comments could still be true. "Frequently teenagers are thoughtless, and do not realize how their actions affect other people. This does not discount the apparent racism in the boy, nor likely in his parents, as racism generally begins at home."

41 comments:

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Is this another issue of racial slur?
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Police would not confirm whether the boy had a criminal record and did not mean teenagers race. If convicted, he would live up to one year in juvenile detention.

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Frequently teenagers are thoughtless, and do not realize how their actions affect other people.

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Police would not confirm if the boy had a criminal record and would not disclose the teen’s race.

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This does not discount the apparent racism in the boy, nor likely in his parents,as racism generally begins at home.

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A manager quickly got on the intercom system and apologized for the remark.

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In this day and age racism is still alive. I hope this teen gets counseling for being a bigot I don't think this was funny.

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The evidence is clear that there is certainly racism involved: "Well, of course. After all, with access to the P.A. system.

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such a incident was the latest in a series of problems the retailer has had in its dealings with minorities and women.

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I can't believe that they arrested this kid for something that's not even a crime!!!! It may have been offensive but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a crime. This is just unreal.

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Police would not confirm whether the boy had a criminal record and did not mean teenagers race. If convicted, he would live up to one year in juvenile detention.

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I think if the teenager said-“Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now.” should be punished.

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As a black man I am frustrated. Not by the incident but by the law and everyone elses reaction. I agree whatever happened to our supposed freedom of speech. Has it transmogrified into freedom to speech as long as you don't offend anyone? Get real people. It was obvious it was a poor choice of a joke but that's all it was

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This does not discount the apparent racism in the boy, nor likely in his parents, as racism generally begins at home.

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