On Friday, actor and comedian Mark Curry documented an incident that occurred between him and a security officer at the Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa in Colorado Springs.
Curry was in town to do a show nearby and was enjoying a cup of coffee in the lobby at the hotel—where he was staying—and a man who said he was the head of security there inquired if Curry was a guest.
The security guard refused to leave until Curry proved he was, in fact, a guest of the hotel. Meanwhile other guests were enjoying the hotel lobby's amenities without being questioned.
Curry's 26-minute video showed security following him around the hotel.
In the posted video he said:
"If you're Black and you're in Colorado Springs, you can't be in the lobby."
"Wow! This is crazy, isn't it?"
Another hotel employee accused Curry of using the "race card."
Later in the video, Curry informed the front desk he would like to call the police because men who claimed to be security were following him around without providing him with any identification.
"I would like to call the police on this guy for following me. I don't know who he is."
The woman told Curry the man was one of their engineers and was seeking Curry's guest status "for safety."
Once in his hotel room Curry said:
"A Black man can't go nowhere in America."
"Black man and a hotel lobby—it's impossible that he has a room here."
"No, I have a suite!"
"He walks up to me with no badge on. I don't know who this man is."
The full video is below.
Curry's Hangin' with Mr. Cooper costar Holly Robinson Peete shared her disgust over the incident and slammed the "unacceptable" racial profiling.
She first tweeted:
"Sending love out to my costar and friend @MARKCURRY... just finding out about this awful profiling harassment he was subjected to in Colorado Springs."
"I hope the Hotel has apologized to him at least."
Peete followed up:
"I watched the whole video."
"There was no reason for Mark to be singled out except for the fact that he's a black man."
"Since when do you have to identify yourself sitting in the lobby drinking coffee."
"This would be farcical if it wasn't so disrespectful."
"So unnecessary—I'm so sorry this happened @MARKCURRY."
"Then they followed you around and the lady at the front desk was disrespectful, too..."
Many others on Twitter chimed in with their disappointment and outrage, as well.
Wyndham Hotel & Resorts responded to Peete and many others who voiced concern with a copy-and-paste apology.
A representative for Wyndham told EW:
"Employees involved in this matter have been suspended, pending further investigation."