Woman Loses Job After Stopping Black Man From Entering His Flat
A woman has been fired after videos of her refusing a black man entry to his own apartment building went viral.
D'Arreion Toles was returning to his apartment building in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, after a late shift on Friday night when a woman blocked the doorway and refused to move.
The 24-year-old then began to film the encounter as the woman, who was holding a dog on a lead, refused to move despite Toles' continuing pleas.
"You're blocking me," Toles said.
"Into my building," the woman replied.
"It's my building as well so I need you to get out of my way," Toles responded.
The exchange continued likes this and the woman asked: "Do you live here? I'm uncomfortable."
Toles replied: "You can be uncomfortable, that's your discretion. You're uncomfortable because you're you."
Eventually Toles made it past the woman, who continued to follow him all the way to the door of his flat. Once inside his flat, Toles said the woman called the police, with a St. Louis police sergeant confirming a call was made to the building, according to USA Today.
The next day Toles shared the footage on his Facebook page with the caption, 'To Be A Black man in America & Come Home'. The clips have since amassed more than 10 million views and 145,000 shares.
The post did not identify the woman, but the New York Times named her as Hilary Brooke Mueller. Since the videos emerged, real estate management company Tribeca-STL, which employed Ms Mueller, released a statement saying she had been fired.
The statement said: "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."
After sharing the videos on Facebook, Toles posted a status, encouraging people to turn the negative situation into a positive.
He said: "I want to say thanks for all the love and support, it is really hitting me a little bit more now, but I must say I will turn this negative into a positive future for the world I influence, and don't bash the woman, just send her positive waves of energy, and let's be great people, this our world and this message is to everyone of all ages/races/colours!
"We only get one life so let's make the most of it and be great, no time for negativity!"
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/D'Arreion Toles
Topics: US News