Gabourey Sidibe shares her experience of fighting racism and winning the battle.
The “Empire” actress Gabourey Sidibe faced what many internet users would have called being racially discriminated against in a retail store. She was nearly kicked out of a Chanel boutique in Chicago by some racist assistant.
“Just to be sure of what was happening, I made her tell me to leave, in her pretend-polite way, three times,” Sidibe explained.
“I knew what she was doing,” she wrote. “She had decided after a single look at me that I wasn’t there to spend any money. Even though I was carrying a Chanel bag, she decided I wasn’t a Chanel customer and so, not worth her time and energy.”
“As a successful adult, sometimes I walk out of the store in a huff, without getting what I want, denying them my hard-earned money. Other times I spend my money in an unfriendly store as if to say ‘Fuck you! I’ll buy this whole damn store!’” she added. “Does it matter whether my waist is wide or if my skin is black as long as my money is green?”
We are incredibly thankful to Gabourey Sidibe for her bravery because her reaction perfectly fit the situation. It is very important for Black people to know that they can fight and win.