11.20.2006

Racist SF Hotel Staff Attempt to Kick Out Kenyan Literary Guest

Ed plans to do some investigative reporting about this incident of racism against a Kenyan writer staying in a San Francisco hotel.

"After a relaxing morning of a good walk and breakfast, he returned to his hotel to sit in the veranda section of the Hotel restaurant reading his newspaper. What happened next could have been a scene from a pre-Civil Rights Era of a Black man caught in a “White Only” section of a hotel. A hotel employee approached the Professor and said:

“This place is for guests of the hotel. You have to leave.”

Handling the matter calmly and intrigued by the assertion of the man, the Professor asked

“How do you know that I am not a guest of the hotel?”

The man continued unabated “You have to leave. This is for guests of the hotel.”

“But how do you know that I am not a guest?” the Professor asked
again.

“You have to leave.”

“But you have not even asked me if I am staying in the hotel”

‘Okay. Are you staying at the hotel?’ The tone and demeanour was of a man who had made up his mind that the Professor could not be a guest.

“Let’s us go to the reception desk,” the Professor told him.

“It is not necessary,” he said. “Just leave.”

[Black Looks, via Ed]

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