Swimming While Black: Memphis Property Manager Fired for Calling Police on Black Man Wearing Socks

On Independence Day, Erica Walker called the police on a resident’s boyfriend for wearing socks in the pool while other pool goers were violating dress code rules. The other pool goers were white, and resident Camry Porter and her boyfriend, Kevin Yates, are Black. Porter asked Walker for identification that she was the property manager of Riverset Apartments; Walker’s response: I’m not about to go back and forth with you. You all need to leave.”

Porter, who recorded the incident on video, which has over 1 million views, refused to leave the pool that she pays to be able to use; that’s when Walker called the cops. Police responded but no charges were filed. Walker was ultimately fired by Trilogy Real Estate Group LLC, a business run in part by two Indian American brothers with immigrant parents.

Watch the video here:

The company’s immediate statement in relation to the incident said they took the allegations very seriously and that they do not support discrimination of any kind.” Three hours after the story broke on local news, they released a second statement: “After assessing statements from Ms. Porter and determining that this former employee’s actions violate our company’s policies & beliefs, she is no longer employed by Riverset Apartments.”

They also reached out to Porter to apologize.

Porter said Walker said pool rules were no socks, t-shirts, hats,” but two of Walker’s friends were wearing hats.

You can’t pick and choose who you enforce rules on. That’s what made me feel like it was racial profiling,” said Porter.

Latest News

LGBTQ diversity

More LGBTQ+ Employees Comfortable Expressing Sexuality, Gender at Work

There have been significant strides in LGBTQ diversity and inclusion in the workplace nationally and globally. For example, according to the Human Rights Campaign report, A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide, 46% of LGBTQ workers say they are closeted at work, compared to 50% in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2008 Degrees of…

Accenture Technology Vision 2020: From Tech-Clash to Trust, the Focus Must Be on People

Originally posted on Accenture.com To compete and succeed in a world where digital is everywhere, companies need a new focus on balancing “value” with “values,” aligning their drive to create business value with their customers’ and employees’ values and expectations, according to Accenture Technology Vision 2020. The 20th edition of Accenture’s…

AbbVie to Present at the SVB Leerink 9th Annual Global Healthcare Conference

Originally posted on AbbVie.com AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, will participate in the SVB Leerink 9th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, February 25.  Michael Severino, M.D., vice chairman and president and Robert A. Michael, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will present at 9:30 a.m. Central time. A live audio webcast…


TIAA: Howard University Event Focused on Solving Financial Challenges, Building Economic Strength of African American Community

Originally published on tiaa.org. TIAA and AARP sponsored event featured industry experts, including CBS National News Correspondent, Michelle Miller. On January 31, Howard University convened an important event focused on enhancing the economic strength and financial wellness of African Americans. The event, sponsored by TIAA and AARP, brought together industry…

How Toyota Encourages the Youth of America

Originally published on pressroom.toyota.com. Shannyn Baumgartner, a credit supervisor at Toyota Financial Services (TFS), relished her time volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, participating in holiday dinners and collecting back-to-school donations. But when she became a judge for the Clubs’ Youth of the Year Award in 2017,…

Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow Announces 5M Tonnes CO2e Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Verified From its Carbon Programs

Originally posted on Dow.com Initiatives with the organizing committees of Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 and the IOC enabled carbon reductions in areas such as infrastructure, reforestation, manufacturing and packaging projects Following the completion of annual third-party verification, Dow announced the reduction of 655,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) of…