The Target store in Kalispell, MT, needs a good old-fashioned Boycott! On Wednesday, Pamela Smith was racially profiled as she got in line to scan her “Black History Month” items at the self-checkout. An employee accused her of stealing while white onlookers laughed at her.
This behavior is appalling and unacceptable in Kalispell, MT, or in any town in Montana for that matter.
Montana Daily Gazette wishes to extend their apologies to Pamela Smith on behalf of the poor choices of others in Flathead County. And NO, most people in Kalispell do not share these views. Smith got the names of store personnel and Target to issue her complaint.
The following article was published By Atiya Jordan for Black Enterprise.
“At a Target in Kalispell, MT, a Black woman claims she was “racially profiled” by a white clerk while trying to purchase items from the store’s Black History Month collection. She recorded her experience in hopes that customers would avoid buying from the retail giant’s collection and that its corporate office.”
In a video posted to TikTok by Pamela Smith (@blackhomeeducators), she receives general information from Target employees as well as the names of the security and store manager. The store number was also provided. “When you are racially profiled while buying the Black History Collection at Target in Kalispell, Montana,” the text overlay reads. “Stop buying from Target. Find Black business owners.”
Smith decided to further explain the incident in another TikTok. “I had been seeing them online and we were traveling to that area because we live in a very rural area,” she said. “We don’t go to town much. So I went in to purchase the items, went to the self-checkout, and by the time I got up to the register, I was being harassed by a white clerk.”
She went on to explain that the clerk accused her of stealing. “She proceeded to go into my bag that I had already scanned items,” Smith said.
Smith noted that the clerk also tried to go through her purse. “So that’s when I told her, ‘Go get your manager. I’m being racially profiled right now. I’m the only Black person in this store in a predominantly white area,’” Smith said.
Read the article below for the full story along with video clips.