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A Black Woman And Her Fiancé Sadly Had Their Proposal Interrupted By Racists Who Refused To Check White Customers

Another day, another case of racial profiling that is shocking enough to make headlines. Along with barbecuing in public and selling tacos out of a taco truck, now people of color can add proposing to their partners on the list of things they can’t do without having the cops called on them. 

On a day that should’ve lived in a woman’s memory as one of the happiest days of her life, it ended up being memorable for a completely opposite reason*. According to a Facebook post by 35-year-old Dr. Cathy-Marie Hamlet, she and her boyfriend, Clyde Jackson, visited the Angry Orchard Farm this weekend to celebrate Jackson’s 40th birthday and “enjoy an afternoon with some hard cider” along with their group of friends. Dr. Hamlet didn’t know it at the time, but her boyfriend was secretly planning on proposing to her and had brought an engagement ring with him in order to pop the question. 

While the day started out promising, things quickly went south. 

After the couple settled in on an empty lawn table, an Angry Orchard security guard approached the couple and asked Jackson to empty his pockets because he was suspecting of stealing a “T-shirt from the gift store.”

So…I got engaged today! But we’ll get to that part later. Let me set the stage…This weekend was my fiancé’s 40th…

Posted by Marie Cleone on Sunday, July 21, 2019

Jackson complied with the request and emptied his pockets, proving that he had had no stolen merchandise on him, and the security guard left. Hamlet and Jackson then returned to their table and Jackson began to propose to his girlfriend. It is then when the “same young lady from security” returned to the couple asked to check Dr. Hamlet’s purse. Dr. Hamlet emptied her purse to further prove they hadn’t stolen anything. According to Dr. Hamlet, believing she was being racially profiled, she said to the security guard: “I know you’re just doing your job, but I can’t help but wonder if this is because we’re Black. We’re the only Black people here at your establishment”, and the security guard assured her it was not before leaving. It is then that Jackson was finally able to propose to his girlfriend, to which she accepted.

In the midst of celebrating the new engagement, the same security guard approached the (majority black) group again and asked everyone to empty their pockets.

It’s at this point when security began to become aggressive, shouting at the group, telling them that multiple witnesses saw the couple steal the t-shirt even when Hamlet asked them to review the security camera footage to prove that they did not such thing. What is further shocking is that the security team refused to search the pockets of the couple’s white friend, and focused instead on targeting the black patrons. In the end, the group left to avoid being “attacked by the multiple security guards of Angry Orchard”.

As for Dr. Hamlet, the incident left her rattled and upset. “On what was supposed to be one of the best days of my life”, she said, “I was chased out of Angry Orchard by security who followed us all the way to the parking lot”.

Since posting, Hamlet’s Facebook post has garnered over 6,000 shares and almost 5,000 comments.

Unfortunately, this couple’s story just seemed to further prove what many people of color in the U.S. already know: that implicit bias is a dangerous and widespread phenomenon, affecting people’s judgment without even knowing. Not only that, but it has real and lasting effects on people’s lives. The story of Hamlet and her fiance’s engagement will forever be marred by the racism of these employees.

After the story went viral, Angry Orchard released a public apology to the couple. 

Angry Orchard stated that they had “launched an investigation” into the incident that occurred and had since “replaced” both the security team and the manager on duty at the time. They went on to say that they are “initiating additional, mandatory training on security awareness and unconscious bias” for their staff in order to “prevent something like this from happening in the future”. They ended their statement saying that the event “does not reflect our company values of respect for all and creating a welcoming environment for our guests” and that they are “treating this moment as a valuable learning experience for our staff”.

Latinas flocked to the post to express anger, frustration, and disgust at the way the employees of the Angry Orchard Farm went about trying to find the alleged thief.

This Latina summed it up perfectly: the actions of the security team were not only racist but they inhumane–they didn’t seem to care at all that this couple was experiencing a life-changing, joyful event.

This Latina had some problems with the wording of Angry Orchard’s apology

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it shouldn’t be the responsibility of POC to “teach” non-POC about the dangerous consequences of racism.

This Latina didn’t buy Angry Orchard’s public apology:

It’s true that many companies insist that they’re working on the problems of structural racism within their organizations, but ultimately, do nothing substantial to fix their employees’ behavior.

This Latina made a great point on how petty and unprofessional the employees were acting over the hypothetical theft of a $28 t-shirt.

Even if the couple did steal the shirt, having six security guards aggressively confront suspected thieves is not the way to go about it. 

As we all know, while this story is frustrating, for POC, it’s not an uncommon or surprising one. The only silver lining is that the more attention stories like these get, the more the public will become educated on the insidious nature of implicit bias. 

Trump’s Latest Direct Pitch To Hispanic Voters Was Truly Bizarre, Even By Trump Standards

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Trump’s Latest Direct Pitch To Hispanic Voters Was Truly Bizarre, Even By Trump Standards

Despite the election being more than 400 days away, the 2020 Election campaign season is in full swing. We’ve got Democrats debating substantial policy ideas in debate after debate and then we’ve got Donald Trump blurring the line between campaign rallies and presidential events.

Trump has been busy jetting from state to state (largely staying in states that supported him in 2016) to spread his message of falsehoods and hate.

Until now. 

Is Trump starting to change his ways just in time for the 2020 campaign? 

If you pay attention to the news, you’ll of heard about Trump’s “pitch” to Hispanic voters.

It makes sense that Trump would put effort into Latino outreach in New Mexico, which has the highest percentage of Latinos of any state of the country. But remarking on the tone of an ally’s skin and suggesting Latino voters have dual loyalties are probably not the best ways to do it. Trump’s comments unsurprisingly seemed to play well to his supporters in the room, but they are unlikely to win many new ones in a state where he can use all the supporters he can get

But oh, it was so much more.

President Donald Trump did his best to appeal to Latino voters during his rally on Monday evening in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. His “best,” however, was profoundly bizarre.

In one especially odd moment, Trump remarked upon how white one of his key Latino surrogates looks.

“He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out because he looks more like a WASP than I do. So I haven’t figured that one out. But I’ll tell you what — there is nobody that loves this country more or Hispanic more than Steve Cortes,” Trump said. (Cortes is a pro-Trump television commentator and member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.)

“Nobody loves the Hispanics more!” Trump continued, before asking Cortes a question that suggested Latinos have dual loyalties: “Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics? He says the country. I don’t know, I may have to go for the Hispanics to be honest with you. We got a lot of Hispanics! We love our Hispanics.”

In anticipation of Trump’s New Mexico rally, the ACLU but up billboards that obviously hit some important points. 

Another one said “No Ban, No Wall, No Hate In Our State.”

While another group had this to say:

Apparently New Mexico has some legit billboard game. Who knew?

Many in New Mexico wondered why Trump was visiting a state to share his hateful views in a state that is overwhelmingly Democratic.

Trump is not doing well with Latinos in particular or in New Mexico in general. Polls consistently show his approval rating at about 30 percent.

Trump’s poor performance is dragging him down in New Mexico, a state he lost by 8 points to Hillary Clinton in 2016. According to Morning Consult’s tracking polls, Trump’s approval rating in the state has dropped a whopping 34 points since his inauguration, and as of last month, sat 17 points underwater.

Not to mention the President’s hurtful, hateful, and dangerous rhetoric used against immigrants, refugees, and basically anyone who isn’t cis white.

Nonetheless, during his rally on Monday, Trump insisted he plans to win New Mexico in 2020. His sales pitch largely centered around low Latino unemployment rates and stoking fears about immigration — but these were also key components of his campaign message heading into last year’s midterms elections, and Republicans ended up losing all five statewide races in New Mexico. At this stage, there’s little reason to believe things will be different next November.

But of course, Trump wasn’t just in Mexico to awkwardly talk about ‘Hispanics.’

He was also there to repeat many of the lies he’s now become so famous for. 

Trump spoke for 95 minutes at the rally in New Mexico on Monday night, among the longest speeches he’s given as President. And, according to CNN, he made at least 26 false claims — most of them ones he’s said before in recent months.

From blaming a former Google executive for him losing “up to 10 million votes” to saying San Diego’s mayor agrees with Trump on the wall (hint: he doesn’t), Trump was in typical Trump form. 

From New Mexico, Trump departed for deep blue California.

After leaving New Mexico, Trump headed for California — another state he lost by millions of votes in 2016. He’s there to raise funds for his 2020 re-election but he’s also getting in some attacks on the heavily Democratic state. 

Before even arriving, Trump had been shaming California cities over a very real issue — homelessness. It’s out of control from San Diego to San Francisco but many doubt that the administration is going to help address the issue with any substantial policy. Meanwhile, the President is also set to revoke California’s ability to set stricter standards on vehicle emissions, which would set up yet another legal battle between Trump and California. 

Our FIERCE Readers Share Some of the Most Outrageous Lies They’ve Told To Get Some Time Away With Their Boo

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Our FIERCE Readers Share Some of the Most Outrageous Lies They’ve Told To Get Some Time Away With Their Boo

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Vacationing with your significant other is a big step in a relationship. It isn’t just the shared travel or the expense that can be the most trying. Many times, it’s figuring out a cover story to tell the padres. Don’t got it wrong, we’re grown. However, Latinx folk still have to answer to our parents when we leave the house. So if we want to vacay with the novio, we need an alibi. 

With this in mind, we asked our FIERCE readers what their go-to lies are whenever they need to cover up a vacation with their significant other. You might want to jot these excuses down for the next time you need a justification for a weekend away.

1. The mandatory vacay.

Instagram / @happilyeveradventures

“I told my parents I would be out of town (only an hour away from home) for work and that my job was paying for everything and that it was mandatory we all stay there in the hotel because my dad said I could just drive everyday I needed to go. We ended up vacationing 12 hours away from home 😂 they still haven’t found out lol.” — @baerenis 

2. Technically, she still went to Disney.

Instagram / @aprilroselb

“I had a summer job that involved church and I told my mom I was going to stay an extra week because a bunch of us were going to Disneyland. My boyfriend ended up picking me up and we did technically go to Disneyland, but it was just him and me. Lol” — @lilpeaches_12 

3. Total fail but still worth it. 

Instagram / @theromantictravelers

“Went to Rosarito w/ex to a wedding and told my mom I was going to visit girlfriends in San Francisco. One of my moms friends lives in Rosarito and recognized me at wedding. Total fail. Lady memorized my license plate # y todo 😂😂🇲🇽”   @vidajuicebar_

4. The abuela alibi. 

Instagram / @bestwestern_plus_suitcase

“My now husband is from a town 2 hours away from Houston, and the only way my parents would let me stay the weekend over there, was if I stayed and slept with his grandmother. We would actually stay in a hotel room from Friday – Sunday in downtown, 4 miles away from my parents house. This was back in 2003, there’s no way I could get away with that now with smart phones! 😂” @areal1982

5. Staycation, all she ever wanted.

Instagram / @kvadventuretravel

“Lol I would just tell them I was working a long shift and leave for a stay-cation.” @jenoemi87

6. When white lies become second nature.

Instagram / @alinadelcaru 

“I lied until I got married at 31 😂 now my instinct is to lie but stop my self because – wait a minute I’m married now! 😂” — @deerayv

7. This lie came with a lot of work.

Instagram / @el_palauet

“My husband and I had been dating for almost a year he wanted to take me to Puerto Vallarta for my birthday I didn’t know how to tell my parents my husband was like how old are you I said were Mexican we don’t sleep over nobody’s house ever we sleep at home. I told my dad my job needed me to travel to mexico since they were branching out to Puerto Vallarta and they needed a fluent Spanish speaker he was so excited they picked me. He said go tell me what hotel your staying at so I can tell your primos from El Rancho to meet you there… 🤦‍♀️ I gave him the wrong hotel name each time he called I would say were in meetings or were looking at property I’ll call the primos when I have time. We met 1 time to show I wasn’t with anybody I shouldn’t have been with… 😂”  — @melliesemily  

8. You need to go to confessional after this one.

Instagram / @theromantictravelers

“I told my mom I was going on a church retreat and got a text free number to pretend I was one of the people at church verifying I was attending 😩💀 I’m going to hell.” — @aimechinchilla

9. An educational experience.

Instagram / @theromantictravelers

“So I’ve always been super involved on campus and sometimes for student government we would travel and once we went on a trip to a conference for 2 days but I told my parents it’s was for 5 so the other 3 days estaba de pata larga 😉😂 later on that always became my excuse que tenía una conferencia para la escuela (btw i would tell them they were at other sister schools so you know it’s educational ) en total I probably actually had like 5 conferences my whole college career but to them it was like every other month 🤷🏻‍♀️😂” — @anythingforcelinaaas

10. That’s what friends are for.

Instagram / @fairmontsanfrancisco

“I was 20 and had been dating my bf for a year and he had the house for himself one weekend. I told my parents I was sleeping over at my friend’s house and got my dad to drop me off there (about a 20 minute drive away). My bf was waiting for me around the corner and came and picked me up. My friend even played the game and came and said hi to my dad 😂” — @laviajeraporvida

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