Christine A Vkt
Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles - Racial profiling at the Colorado DMV
Last Friday, I went to the Colorado Dep't of Motor Vehicle location on Mississippi and Santa Fe to get a Colorado driver's license. When you first come in, you have to stand in line to take a number. I was behind a young man who was turning in his Washington license for a Colorado one. I was turning in my New Mexico license for a Colorado one. He had blonde hair and blue eyes. I have dark hair and dark eyes with olive skin. When he explained why he was there, the man gave him a number and told him to have a seat. When I told him why I was there, he asked me if I had a social security card. The man was not nice to me, either. The young man was able to get his license. I was not. The first thing I was asked by the clerk was where I was born. I told her New Jersey. She asked if I had a birth certificate to prove that. I told her I did not have it with me. She was very rude to me. She told me I could not get a license without a birth certificate. Why was I asked if I had a social security card and the obviously caucasion person in front of me wasn't? Why was I asked where I was born? Why did they treat me with such disdain and disrespect? The more I think about it, the more I believe they suspected I as an illegal immigrant from Mexico--I have dark hair, dark eyes and olive complexion. I moved here from a state that borders Mexico. From the moment I walked in there, they acted like I shouldn't be there and I saw a blonde haired, blue eyed person from a state far away from Mexico get a Colorado license with no problem whatsoever.
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