Trump Effect: White woman demands black man give ID to enter his home

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As I watched this video my first thought was that this was a parody of the Trump Effect. How many times will folks repeat these stories that are repeated over and over again?

Sadly the Trump Effect continues even after having been exposed by similar actions by other white people caught on camera. This one is likely one of the most blatant and demeaning.

RawStory reported the following.

> A video released over the weekend showed a white woman tried to block a black man from entering his own apartment because she apparently believed he was some kind of criminal. Local news station KMOV reports that St. Louis resident D’Arreion Toles was trying to enter his apartment on Friday night when he was confronted by a white woman who lived in the same building and who was about to go walk her dog.

> The white woman proceeded to stand in a doorway to prevent Toles from entering the building and demanded to know what unit he lived in. He refused to give her that information, but he did show her a key fob to prove that he really lived in the building. This wasn’t enough for the woman, however, and she proceeded to follow Toles all the way up to his apartment, where she watched him use his keys to open up the door. “Have a good night, ma’am,” he told the woman as he closed the door to his apartment. “Don’t ever do that again. You look pretty stupid.”

The woman. Hilary Brooke Thornton later would call the police. According to the aggrieved black man, the police came and issued no citation. He gave the impression the police were not kind to him as they questioned him. The woman is an employee Tribeca-STL, a minority-owned company. She was subsequently fired.

> Tribeca-STL was recently shared a video containing a disturbing interaction that we believe is important to clarify. The video did involve one of our employees, but the event did NOT take place at Tribeca-STL and did NOT involve one of our tenants. The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person. The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our Company. At Tribeca-STL we want all residents, guests and visitors to feel welcome, safe and respected.

Ironically, Ms. Thornton was formerly married to a black man, Brandon Mueller. He made a video denouncing her actions. This illustrates the complexities of racism.

Trump Effect: If this isn't justified for firing what is?

KMPV4 asked its viewers if Thornton's firing was justified. It is shocking that 64% believe she should have kept her job. What does that tell us about the population at large? What does it say about the progress we have made thus far?

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Jon Saltzman
Jon Saltzman


I appreciate the "some of my best friends are..." but I still see you saying that Trump supporters by supporting him, support everything that comes out of his mouth or Twitter account. That's just not true. If you were to talk about All Hillary or All Bernie supporters and ascribe generalizations about their character while pointing out the flaws of the candidate and tying their supporters to their (candidates) flawed behavior, I'd also disagree with you.

Politics Done Right
Politics Done Right


The intent is not to disparage the Trump supporter but point out a reality many of us see. Trump started his campaign on a note even more grotesque in symbolism than what Reagan did starting his campaign in Philadelphia MS and what it represents. I really am not trying to broad brush Trump supporters. One of my sisters is a devout Right Wing Evangelical Chrisitan supporter of Trump as well as a large number of my friends in Kingwood Texas.

I will say this, while most of my Trump supporting friends are nice considerate people, hell, they would not be friends if they weren't, I find a lack of empathy on specifically the Trump actions bewildering. Trump IMHO has made it vogue to be outwardly racist, outwardly misogynist, etc. I do not say that in a vacuum the good thing in today's day is we have audio and video in real time.

That said, I am not the Progressive Liberal that tries to imply we do not have Progressives with the same Trump proclivities. We do. We are just more apt to call it out like I have even at the most Liberal site where I write, the Daily Kos.

So please understand that the moniker is on Trump and his followers that are following his lead to disparaging other humans. It is not for my sister, or anyone else who have simply been able to disassociate brand Trump from policy-under-trump Trump.

Jon Saltzman
Jon Saltzman


Why is that the "Trump effect?" Why are you assuming that Trump or his supporters would be in favor of this woman's behavior? Broad brush...