At the end of the day, many of us just want to go home and relax. The last thing you should have to deal with is someone questioning your right to be where you pay to live.
This past weekend, St. Louis businessman D'Arreion Toles was returning home from the office to his downtown luxury condo when he was stopped at the front door of his building by a white woman questioning his right to be there. To her, this black man apparently looked out-of-place, as she attempted to bar his entrance. She then went on to grill him about his address and his name, neither of which he was inclined to give to a complete stranger, particularly one who was acting and addressing him in a hostile manner. Fortunately for him, D'Arreion Toles had the presence of mind to pull out his smartphone and begin recording this interaction.
The incident did not stop there. As he prepared to get on the elevator, she decided that she needed to continue her "investigation" into this man so, she got on the elevator. As he exits, she takes it upon herself to follow him to his unit where he enters his home asks that she not do that to him again.
Dissatisfied with the fact that this black man was able to enter his home with his key, the woman, who media sources have identified as Hilary Brooke Mueller, called the police, who showed up about 30 minutes later to question Mr. Toles.
Fortunately, D'Arreion Toles did not let this slide. He posted the video of his interaction with Mueller. It went viral, gaining not on the attention of media but also that Tribeca-STL, the minority-owned real estate firm where Hilary Brooke Mueller had been employed.
You did notice that I wrote "had been employed"?
It appears that a company that manages real estate doesn't like the idea of having a racist realtor in their employ so, they quickly fired her and issued this statement:
"Tribeca-STL was recently shared a video containing a disturbing interaction that we believe is important to clarify. The video did involve one of our employees, but the event did NOT take place at Tribeca-STL and did NOT involve one of our tenants. The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person. The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our Company. At Tribeca-STL we want all residents, guests and visitors to feel welcome, safe and respected."
I've heard it said before, some folks like their racism more than they like their food. This is just another example of a person willing to lose her livelihood over her disdain for black people.