Teen Vine Vid Documents What It’s Like To Be “Shopping While Black”
If you’ve ever been followed around a convenient store for no good reason, you’ll relate to this Vine video made by a teenager documenting himself indiscreetly being stalked by a white store clerk.
In the six second clip, Rashid Polo places the camera in front of himself so he can show viewers how the shop assistant lurks around in the background while he walks to various parts of the store. The Vine vid highlights the sad reality of institutional racism that, unfortunately, most black people have faced at some point in their lives.
The clip, currently going Viral on Black Twitter, perfectly captures the utter absurdity of his experience and exposes the discrimination he faces while making an innocent trip to the store.
And yet, the most poignant part of this video was the caption, which reminds us of the fact that for Rashid this was not an isolated incident: