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Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Releases Statement After Ohio Restaurant Racially Profiles African American Women

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Releases Statement After

Ohio Restaurant Racially Profiles African American Women

 

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement after management of the Bahama Breeze Restaurant in Orange Village, a part of the Florida-based Darden Restaurants, Inc., called the police on a gathering of African American women, most of whom are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

“It is reprehensible for any place of business to resort to calling law enforcement on customers based on an assumption that they will not pay their bill.   That was the response given when management was asked by a bystander.  It is clear to me the incident that occurred at the Bahama Breeze Restaurant was a case of racial profiling. 

“It is a chilling reminder that no African American is exempt from the impact of racial profiling when a group of professional women, known for their service and advocacy are victims.  As an African American woman and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, I am appalled that this occurred in the district I represent, and will not be silent.   Profiling citizens patronizing our businesses is something that no one in the 11th Congressional District of Ohio should tolerate.”

 

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