This story is disheartening but not a total surprise, Our family has certainly been required to show documentation in situations where racially-matched families were not. What troubles me most about this story, though, is the chain of people involved . . . first a customer alerted security, then a security guy followed him out, then the police came to their house. One would think that somewhere along the line, someone would have said, “Wait, what?” But no.
Walmart’s reaction is less than stellar, too. First they blamed it on a customer (which holds about as much weight with me as when one of my kids disobeys because a sibling told them to do it). Then Walmart issued the following statement:
“There are still a lot of unknowns at this time and we are currently looking into the situation.”
Um, Walmart? Someone from your store reported an interracial family to the police. The appropriate response is “We’re deeply sorry. This was a horrible mistake.”
Unsurprisingly, the couple in question has stated they will never shop at Walmart again.