Another black man kicked out of another coffee chain claims racism

Another black man kicked out of another coffee chain claims racism
Timothy Nelson: Was looking to brutalized by police (Image: KRQE video screen grab)

Time for Dunkin’ (the name by which Dunkin’ Donuts chooses to be known) to follow Starbucks’s lead and shut down all 8,300 branches nationwide for a day of sensitivity training.

That seems to be one of the goals that part-time University of New Mexico Professor Timothy Nelson had in mind when he overstayed his welcome at a Santa Fe Dunkin’ — that and providing a lesson on “racial justice” to his students based on his experience.

Santa Fe station KRQE provides the back story as told by Nelson, who had just dropped his car off for service at Firestone. “That’s when I went into Dunkin’ Donuts [sic sempre] because I didn’t want to stay in Firestone. Dunkin’ Donuts is Dunkin’ Donuts, right?”

He put in an order for coffee and a donut, then “sat around using the donut shop’s WiFi, but was quickly confronted by an employee.”

According to the article, “he knew to pull out his cell phone and start recording the incident.” His video follows beginning at 0:26:

He goads the employee into calling the police, which she does, but the story doesn’t follow the script he obviously had in mind. That is, he was neither arrested or brutalized:

Nelson ended his encounter with police peacefully, but he says with the nation on high alert about police brutality against African Americans, he thought the whole thing could be a learning experience for his students.

His message for the employee is “For you to have called the police, you put my life in danger.”

Apparently not.

LU Staff

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