A white woman has been fired from job as a realtor after a viral video shows her standing in the way of a black man who was trying to get into the apartment building where he lives. Both of them live in the apartment building, but she still demanded that he show proof that he was a resident of the upscale complex.
D’Arreion Toles had been returning from work when he encountered Hilary Brooke Thornton in the doorway of the Elder Shirt Lofts in St. Louis. She was walking her small dog.
Thorton was upset that Toles had not buzzed in with a key fob. “do you live here?” She asked. “I’m sorry the keypad is right there, I’m sorry I’m uncomfortable.”
“You’re blocking me into my building. It’s my building as well, so can you just get out of my way. I live here and your blocking my way. I’ve already buzzed in,” he replied.
Toles pushed past her, and Thornton then followed him through the building and onto the elevator.
“I’m not touching you at all,” she replied. “I’m not doing anything other than letting my dog go to the bathroom.”
“You just walked off the street and don’t have a keypad. You pushed your way in.”
When she asked what unit he lived in, Toles wouldn’t answer. “I don’t have to tell you that information, what unit do you live in?”
She followed him all the way to his apartment. “Please stop following me,” he told her. “I do not want to speak with you.”
Half an hour later, the police arrived at his door to ask about the incident.
Toles is the chief executive officer and owner at Global Wealth Insights Corp. After recording the incident, he posted the video to social media. “To Be A Black man in America, & Come home, women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels insecure, Downtown St. Louis luxury loft, because she don’t feel that I belong, never really thought this would happen to me, but it did!”
“Then 30 mins later police knock on my door, because she called! I was shocked this is America in 2018!”
Tribeca Luxury Apartments in St Louis later acknowledged that Thornton was an employee.
“Tribeca-SLT was recently shared [in] a video containing a disturbing interaction that we believe is important to clarify,” the company spokesman wrote.
“The video did involve one of our employees, but the event did not take place at Tribeca-STL and did not involve one of our tenants.”
“The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person.”
“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, Toles spoke with reporters. “I appreciate all of the love and support. Like I said, don’t respond negatively. Don’t go after the lady. Let her be at peace. Let her live her life.”
“I was kind of blown away, shocked and like wow. I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way.”
“I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that. I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.”