According to Blanding’s account, the authorities were called. They searched and interrogated her outside of the store after she made her purchase and exited the building. She said after all of this happened she received no apology of any sort. Blanding suggests that there is no reason beyond her race for why she was suspected of a crime .
Even though Jim Crow laws ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Right Act of 1965, discrimination and racial profiling still occur today.
For example, the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that black drivers are twice as likely as white drivers to be arrested during a traffic stop, and that whites were more likely than blacks to be verbally warned by the police .
We of course can’t forget New York City’s controversial stop and frisk law. Reports from 2012 showed that 55 percent of innocent residents that were stopped were black and 32 percent were Latino .
As Blanding’s story continued to circulate on social media networks, news about the incident was posted on “Overheard at UNC,” a UNC community Facebook group with over 13,000 members in which people share incidents that happen around campus.
Just when I thought nothing could get as appalling as the CVS incident, what was equally disturbing was the negative comments made by our own classmates, which spanned from comparing racial profiling to an issue about college students in general to people simply not understand why Blanding had any reason to be outraged.
Sometimes it may be hard to believe, but racial privilege is real. It is undoubtedly hard to speak on an experience that you have not lived. It is hard enough to be a minority at a predominantly white institution, but it is even harder to have obstacles in front of you that should not be there regardless.
What needs to be learned from this situation is that as a University community, we should be more aware of these situations that happen and begin to sympathize with each other and fight for equal rights as opposed to pointing fingers back at the victims.