Street/Sexually Harassed at the Panera Bread on Dobbin Road, Columbia, Maryland

One morning at about 9:00 am or so, I decided to go to Panera Bread whose particular location on Dobbin Road in Columbia, Maryland, I usually do not venture to. I had to go to one of the stores in that plaza so I thought I might as well get breakfast too. Sounds simple? Not when a Black ‘Christian’ male STRANGER is stalking you.

I was in my car in the parking lot fiddling around for my shades and my purse when I noticed a Black male driving a grayish sedan pass by and slow down. I initially thought nothing of it because he parked about 5 spaces west of me. Just in case, I took an extra five minutes to ensure he exited his car and was actually out of the parking lot before I left my car.

I then was walking to the entrance of Panera Bread. This location has two attached stores on either side of it and mostly floor to ceiling wide windows as part of its entire storefront. As I stepped closer to the entrance I saw that same Black man staring from inside of the store at me. I turned towards the toward and ignored him.

As I entered, I noticed there was only one cash register open and guess he was chit chatting with the cashier–yes, that same Black male from the parking lot. I ensured I was approximately NINE FEET (9′) behind the Black male. Did not help at ALL. He kept glancing behind him in my direction and I literally turned away. He then continued to stagnate the line as it extended behind me–until another employee open the next register and said to me “May I help you?” At this point, I and the “stranger danger” were both at the order counter but different registers.

Next, is nothing but a Black “Christian” (with ‘Baltimore’ essence emanating from his pores) would do:

This Black “Christian” street/sexual harassing male poked me in my right arm and said to me “You dropped something.” Is there a reason why he had to touch me? Of course not, civilized, normal people just say “excuse me” but oh no, not this simian he just had to invade my personal space. If I was a white woman would he had touched me? No? A covered Arab Sunni Muslim? Yep, you guessed it still a “no.” I knew he was lying because I just got to the counter and hasn’t paid for my transaction yet so I hadn’t opened my purse yet for anything to have fallen out. In order to prevent an automatic violent response from this Black “Christian” predator I looked down and saw a beat up packet of kleenex that looked like it was marinating on the restaurant floor for hours. I quickly stated ‘that’s not mine’ and continued with my order. The cashier, a white female looked at the guy like “go away” instead he berated me for not engaging in unsolicited, unprovoked, unwanted, trying to be inappropriate dialogue. He snapped (though no one said anything further to the Black male suspect) ” ‘Scuse me for trying to be nice.” I ignored him and continued with my order he then started talking to himself–because I had said nothing else. After I pocketed my receipt in my purse, I went to get coffee in which the flavored coffee I wanted had been depleted. I then heard the Black suspect pacing back and forth berating about “nobody want to touch you anyway.” I thought-illogical statement- if you didn’t why did you? I went to the drink bar counter to inform them that one of the coffee containers needed to be replenished. The Black criminal was STILL yelling and mumbling. I stated audibly without turning around, “touch me again, I’m filing charges” as I continued to prepare my coffee. Apparently, my attempt to get a breakfast and to conduct a transaction could not occur without incident in the State of Maryland.

After getting coffee, I went to the counter for pickup orders. The Black All Rights Reserved‘Christian’ criminal was STILL yelling. I thought maybe I should call the police. Panera Bread on Dobbin Road full of white patrons and no one helped–who cares of an innocent Sunni Muslim who is Black is assaulted, accosted or killed by an insure Black Christian criminal. For many, if it had escalated, I have a feeling they would have internally applauded. Howard County is KNOWN for its overt racist attitudes towards Sunni Muslims.

However, there seemed to be one decent white woman who I thought was best to stand beside and was also waiting for her “to go” order.

I began to speak to her about travel and adventures and yes, you guessed the guy was still yelling and when his order finally was ready he asked the food preparer was it his. Then he looked at me and yelled, I want to make sure I don’t TOUCH someone else’s bag and stormed out.

I said to the woman I knew that guy was going to bother me, he kept staring at me as I entered the store. She said “…but it is such a beautiful day…” I thought yes, and these destructive Black “Christian” males are intent on destroying it for decent women who are minding their own business and aren’t interested in them.

Is not this something? HE is upset because I made it obvious that he should have NEVER put his hands on me.

Decent ladies, in broad daylight, in a suburban restaurant even then you have to be vigilant, listen to your instincts. I thought I did enough offense by waiting in my car before going in. Apparently, that and standing several feet is insufficient to ward them off. Nowadays, you have to act like your own S.W.A.T. team, director of recon., preemptive detective and surveillance of all known perimeters. If only I could create some harassment repellent and bottle it–I would make millions…there has to be some type of hormonal or genetic mutation where certain males are prone to sexual harassment/violent behavior that could be spliced or extracted.

Anyway, I digressed: The reality is that no one will assist or protect you in Maryland if you are a women of color.

Black ‘Christian’ males: A word to the wise, you should assume a Sunni Muslim Black American woman is not interested in you just as you assume that Arab, Persian and Indian Muslims are NOT interested in you. Your skin color does not provide some esoteric, anthropological exemption to our religious beliefs that we actually do practice everyday. You set yourself up for disappointment and with your inability to conduct yourself like a civilized human being in modern society you will likely set yourself up for imprisonment due to your violent and/or hysterical inability to accept the rejection you already know is imminent.

I think, just not for myself but for also those readers who are survivors of street harassment and accosting to make sure you get license plates, descriptions of cars, race, markings (like tattoos and moles) and locations. Tell your stories, let the world know how Black “Christian” male predators truly conduct themselves on a daily basis, how many women of color are not helped or protected in this so called free and democratic society; let their mothers, daughters, nieces, friends and wives know how they act in public towards innocent, decent women who are total STRANGERS. Expose these Black “Christian” criminals for the social demons they truly are. Most importantly, be safe and be careful.
*A Sunni Muslim Black American Woman

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