- The Washington Times - Monday, October 15, 2018

A white woman was fired from her job Sunday after a video showing her blocking a black man from entering his St. Louis apartment building went viral.

“The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

Videos of the incident shared on Facebook Saturday by D’Arreion Nuriyah Toles racked up more than five million views by Monday afternoon. They showed a white woman blocking Mr. Toles from entering the building and then following him in the elevator up to his fourth-floor apartment, peppering him with questions about who he was visiting, despite his repeated explanations that he lived there.

At one point in the footage, the woman blocks Mr. Toles’ path and then states, “I feel uncomfortable,” when he tries to get through.

“I don’t like the fact that you have your phone in my face,” the woman says in the video.

“I don’t like the fact that you’re blocking me from where I pay to live at,” Mr. Toles responds.

“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home, Women tries to stop me from coming into my building because she feels insecure,” Mr. Toles wrote in a caption accompanying the videos. “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-STL said it reviewed the “disturbing interaction” and determined the woman should be fired, specifying that the incident happened “in her private life” and that she was not acting in an official capacity. Their statement didn’t specify what the woman’s job was at the company.

In subsequent Facebook posts, Mr. Toles said he didn’t want to publicly “bash” the woman, but hoped the experience would lead to less discrimination.

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