SANTA FE – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit on behalf of a black college student who was visiting Santa Fe in 2018 when an Allsup’s convenience store clerk called police and reported she wanted the young man out of the store because “he’s arrogant, because he’s black.”
The ACLU previously filed a complaint on behalf of Jordan McDowell, a pre-med student at Xavier University in New Orleans, with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau. In September, after investigating the incident, the bureau found probable cause for discrimination.
“People have a right to enter stores and other public accommodations without fear that they will be discriminated against or endangered because of the color of their skin,” Leon Howard, legal director of the ACLU of New Mexico, said in a news release. “With this lawsuit, we’re putting all public accommodations in our state on notice that incidents of blatant discrimination will not go unanswered.”
The suit names Allsup’s Convenience Stores as the lone defendant.