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Trayon Christian, a Black teenager, went to a New York shop on Madison Avenue (Barney’s) to buy an expensive $350 belt. He had saved money from his part-time job for weeks to be able to afford it.
After buying the belt and leaving the store, the college student was grabbed by undercover officers and asked, “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,” and they handcuffed him.
The store clerk had called police, once Trayon Christian exited, claiming that the purchase must have been fraudulent.
The police officers allegedly asked Christian for his ID, telling the teenager that he could “not afford to make such expensive purchases”. After verifying that the card did in fact belong to Christian, they let him go.
Christian, who has no arrest record, said he would never shop at Barneys again and subsequently returned the belt out of disgust.
His lawyer told the New York Post that Christian was unlawfully targeted because of his skin color: “His only crime was being a young black man,” said.
a belt :
to purchase = to buy
From TV show “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”
After Trayvon Martin was shot last February in Florida by George Zimmerman, some people said that young Black men wearing hoodies risk being shot by people who think they may be criminals for no reason.
The person who killed Trayvon said he was acting in self defence. He was acquitted last week (July 13th) by a jury who declared him not guilty.
Some people think this is a racially prejudiced case and should be revised, others say that there was no evidence to condamn George Zimmerman.
A petition has been signed by hundred thousands to ask the Justice Department to investigate.
http://playingforchange.com – From the documentary “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, the legendary Bob Marley song “One Love” with different musicians from various countries. This is the third video from the documentary.
It is performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe.