The author of the films, Lauren Epps, a young African American woman, added to the CBS4 chain:
There is body butter, oils, creams [dans la vitrine fermée à clef]. If I want the brands Suave or Pantene [qui vendent des produits pour cheveux lisses], it’s self-service. The whole section of “multicultural” hair products is behind the glass. It’s so ridiculous.
In this topic produced by the local TV station CBS4, we see several photos and videos taken by Lauren Epps and published in her Instagram stories. They are no longer visible there because the platform only leaves them for 24hours.
In order to purchase these products, customers must ask a seller to open their window for them and then place their product in a rigid plastic box before checking out.
“I didn’t want to be ashamed to pretend to be a criminal because I want to buy a scarf”
When Lauren Epps wanted to buy a scarf for hair, an employee asked her to put it in one of those boxes, which she refused to do, without wanting to be “covered in shame by making me believe I’m a criminal for I want to buy a scarf […] It is really obvious because the sign above the products says “Multicultural Hair Care”. They say that the products of people who have a different culture should be locked up. “After media coverage of this case, Walmart’s communications manager on June 10 said his business would stop” unlocking multicultural products in windows. “
Journalist Tori Mason and client Lauren Epps could see June 11 in the Walmart supermarket in Montbello, where all the showcases in the cosmetics department had finally been dismantled, making self-service products available to black people.
A far from new problem in the US
If this case caused the supermarket chain to change the organization’s departments, it has been the case for several years that customers have complained. ONE complaints have been filed against the 2018 brand and clients and associations has publicly condemned this practice, described by them as an insidious form of racial discrimination that breeds prejudice against minorities. This phenomenon has been caught again by many Internet users on Twitter.
This tweet, published on June 8, retweeted more than 193000times, shows two photos of a beauty department at a Walmart supermarket in Washington with, to the left, the straight hair department and, to the right, the countertop for curly and frizzy hair. For those who published it, it shows that racism “is more than just the police”.
In response, many Internet users said that they noticed the same kind of problems in the store near them.