A Florida hotel has come under criticism after a note targeting an African American millionaire was found in his hotel room.
Frank Davis and his son Michael arrived at the Art Ovation Hotel, he was met with a note calling him the derogatory N-word. It was stuck onto a lamp on the bedside table.
Michael’s first reaction was shock, he told the New York Post
I was stone cold for 30 to 40 seconds when I read the note. My first thought was, what did we do to deserve this? We tipped well, we were beyond nice to all the staff.
They then called the police and the front desk, but immediately relocated to another hotel for fear of their lives.
While the hotel in Sarasota denied the involvement of the staff in the situation, confirmed that the note was left by a previous occupant.
Davis is the co-founder of Horizon Group.
Oprah Winfrey was also a victim of racism in Switzerland in 2013, despite being one of the world’s richest black women. A shop attendant had refused to show her a bag she wanted because it was ‘too expensive‘.
Although both the Florida hotel, and the Switzerland shop and tourism board apologised for these incidents, one thing is clear: whether you are a millionaire or not, you will are still exposed to racism if you are a black person.
There has been a perception that wealthy African Americans are not exposed to racism, just because they are in a privileged group.
At the same time, when wealthy black people talk about racism, they are usually criticised for focusing on discrimination of black people and other minorities.
This clearly indicates that the prosperity does not matter as much as the tone of your skin.