Must-see morning clip: How to avoid racial profiling on Black Friday

"Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams has a few ideas on how people of color can shop without being harassed

By Prachi Gupta

Published November 22, 2013 1:53PM (EST)

This Thanksgiving, as you reflect on the past year and then "prepare to beat the shit out of people to go shopping" for Black Friday, as Jon Stewart says, remember that not everyone will be afforded the same shopping experience thanks to stop-and-frisk and racial profiling. In a hilarious segment mocking the recent racial profiling incidents at Barneys, "Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams employs a few strategies to deal with the all-too-real harassment that people of color face while shopping. A few tactics include hiring an old white woman as you personal shopper, announcing your presence and intentions when you enter a store and baking cookies for personnel to show that you mean well.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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