The new mall curfew went into effect last weekend. Student leader Dija Manly, Kim Gaspar-Rabuck, and TimeBank Dane County Executive Director Lorrie Hurckes Dwyer join Carousel to discuss the racial impact of this curfew and the pushout of youth of color from the community.
The Youth Escort Policy lists fifteen rules that will now take place at East and West Towne malls after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors under 18 years old are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times after 4 p.m., or any other time the policy is in effect. Extra security will be put in place to enforce this, and unescorted youth will be asked to leave the property.
Some believe this is racially motivated, as there have been accounts of security asking for identification from minorities, but not caucasians in a group. Manly, who is African American, said she is often the target of discrimination in stores.
“I often feel like I’m being followed around in stores, especially if I’m with my group of friends who happen to be people of color,” she said. In 2014, she said she and her friends were often watched when they would walk into Walgreens, with employees and customers tracking their every movement.
Manly recently wrote a piece for Madison365 on the issue.