WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- DoubleTree hotel in Portland fired two of its hotel staff for racially discriminating a black hotel guest.
- Answering a private call from his mother, Jermaine Massey went to the hotel lobby for privacy but was told by the security guard to leave.
- The hotel issued apologies to Massey and vowed to investigate on the matter.
When Jermaine Massey went to the hotel lobby to answer a call from his mother, the hotel’s security guard went up to him and told him he’s no longer welcome at the hotel.
Days later, two employees were subsequently fired by the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon for racially profiling a black hotel guest. This was followed by an announcement that the hotel would launch an investigation regarding the discrimination claims.
“Their actions were inconsistent with our standards and values. We reiterate our sincere apology for what he endured and will work with diversity experts to ensure this never happens again,” in a pair of statements on Twitter from the hotel on Saturday.
Last weekend, a series of videos showing DoubleTree hotel staff and a police officer asking Massey to give up his room and leave was posted by Massey on Instagram.
“Tonight I was racially discriminated for taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel room at the @doubletreepdx. They already had in their minds that they didn’t want me there so I waited for the cops to show up and when they did, they didn’t want to hear my side of the story.”
Massey, who was in Portland to watch rapper Travis Scott’ concert, said after the concert, he needed some privacy to answer his mother’s call. While taking the call in a ‘remote area” at the hotel’s lobby, a security guard named Earl can be seen in Massey’s video approaching Massey and telling him that police have been called and that he should leave.
When Earl accused Massey of loitering in the lobby, Massey asked, “So this area is off limits after a certain time?” Earl replied, “Only if you’re a guest.” When Massey told Earl he was a guest, Earl responded saying, “You didn’t tell me that. I asked you what room you’re in and you refused.”
According to HuffPost, the Portland Police Bureau said that officers responded late Saturday to a trespassing call from the hotel.
Massey’s Instagram posts have sparked national outrage over people who alert the police on people of color who are doing normal activities.
Massey also called out to his Instagram followers on the racism he experienced saying, “Racism is still alive . I know I’m not the only one. I’m not the first and I’m not the last but I will stand for injustice.”
Throughout 2018, white people have called police on people of color for various reasons including selling water on a sidewalk, a black youth babysitting white children and a black man trying to enter his own apartment.