Kahlil artist Robert Irving says he was racially profiled by High Line hotel staff
On September 19, artist Kahlil Robert Irving filed a racial discrimination complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights against the High Line hotel in Manhattan, accusing the workers of trespassing and of verbal abuse, reports Hyperallergic. According to Irving’s complaint, on the morning of January 22, he was sleeping in his hotel room when a manager came in and asked if Irving was okay, as his door was supposed to be slightly ajar. Shortly after, the artist said, the manager and another person entered the room. The manager allegedly shouted that the entertainer was not supposed to be there and accused him of being homeless as his partner blocked the door. “As a twenty-nine year old black male, it was very traumatic to be confronted with two older white males who stormed into my hotel room without warning while I was sleeping, yelling at me and saying that I had to leave immediately and that the police were called,” Irving wrote in his complaint. “Can anyone seriously believe that this incident would have happened and happened in such an aggressive and malicious manner, for any other reason, and in the absence of hostile racial stereotypes?” Irving, who is now seeking legal action after the hotel apparently dismissed the episode as a “serious misunderstanding”, had exposure at MoMA at the time the alleged verbal assault took place.
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