CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR — A Black family who had the sincere intention of enjoying their Saturday afternoon suffered an unfortunate change of plans.
Rachel Batiste-Barber — the wife of Andre Barber–wrote a Facebook post on Sunday recalling the turn of events on Saturday, July 23, when her husband was racially profiled at a Dave and Buster’s in Clackamas Town Center. To this date, the post has been shared nearly 7,000 times.
In the Facebook post, she goes on to explain that her husband was singled out because of his hairstyle–cornrows–based upon a teenage white girl’s false allegations that he had stolen $16 from her. After an extended period of time in which Mr. Barber was forced to plead his innocence, law enforcement officers from the Multnomah County (Oregon) sheriff’s department were called to the establishment. After going through an extensive screening process, Mr. Barber and his family were escorted out of the Dave and Busters by the officers.
Mrs. Batiste-Barber added that “We didn’t get to finish our time at Dave and Buster’s… we didn’t go to dinner, I had been in tears, the kids were scared and just wanted to go home.”
Dave and Busters released a statement which can be read by following this link.