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Clerk Calls Cops on New Mexico Student for Being ‘Arrogant and Black’

A convenience-store clerk in Santa Fe, New Mexico, reportedly called the police on a 22-year-old college student because he was “arrogant” and “black.” The female employee was caught on cellphone video by pre-med student Jordan McDowell, who told local station KRQE that he was racially profiled when he went into the store to buy Sour Patch Kids candy. “And I want him out of the store right now,” the clerk can he heard saying on video talking on the phone. After a pause, the clerk says: “Because he’s being arrogant, because he’s black.” McDowell, who attends Xavier University, said the store clerk accused him of being “sketchy” before she called the cops. “There’s nothing right about this, there’s nothing right to call the police on someone just because of their skin tone,” McDowell told KRQE. “I just want everyone to know you still have a voice, you can speak up, you still can do your part and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.” The store employee didn’t comment to the station, but a manager told the news outlet that the clerk’s behavior was “unacceptable.”