Jordan McDowell was racially profiled in a Santa Fe, NM., convenience store on Aug. 3.
Jordan McDowell was racially profiled in a Santa Fe, NM., convenience store on Aug. 3.
Screenshot: KRQE video

Are you as tired of hearing these stories as we are? Do you understand how horrible it is that black people can’t even mind their own business and buy snacks in peace without people weaponizing the police against them? At what point are these phone calls going to be declared a crime? At what point will the callers be punished?


Until such time as it becomes a criminal offense to use the police as your personal concierge service that functions solely to harass black people that you see as a nuisance or an inconvenience, we are going to continue to call these people out.

And yes, they deserve whatever happens to them in the aftermath.

A clerk at an Allsup’s convenience store in Santa Fe, NM., called the police on 22-year-old Jordan McDowell—a student at Xavier University, the only historically black Roman Catholic higher education institution in the United States.


McDowell recorded the clerk on the phone, and she can be heard telling the police that she wants McDowell out of the store “because he’s being arrogant, because he’s black.”

McDowell told KRQE that he visited the store Friday at around 8 p.m. to buy candy. After he made a few purchases, he continued to look around the store for something else to buy. That’s when he noticed the clerk had been in the corner watching him the entire time.

In his cell phone recording of the incident, McDowell can be heard saying, “they said I was sketchy because I picked stuff up, put stuff back.”

According to KRQE, Santa Fe police were dispatched to the store. The call was listed as “disorderly conduct,” but the officers acknowledged that McDowell had not done anything wrong.


KRQE followed up on McDowell’s story by going to the store and speaking with the clerk in question. She denied saying anything about McDowell’s race, even when they showed her video of her saying “because he’s being arrogant, because he’s black.”

A man who identified himself as the manager of the convenience store told KRQE that the clerk’s comments and her behavior were unacceptable.


McDowell said the incident showed him that “racism in America never truly died.”

He told KRQE that he doesn’t harbor any bad feelings about the incident, but he wants others to know what happened, and he encourages others to speak out when they have similar experiences.


So yes, Jordan McDowell. We will continue to report it whenever people weaponize the police against you or any other black person.

Enough is enough.

News Editor for The Root. I said what I said. Period.

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