Black attorney is mistaken in court for the DEFENDANT three times a day because she declares’ there MUST be something on my face that says’ no lawyer ” ‘
- Alexandra Wilson, 25, said ‘there must be something … that says’ no lawyer’ ”
- The criminal and family lawyer said on Twitter that the incident had “ upset ” her
- Twitter users stepped in with support for the attorney, including The Secret Barrister
A black lawyer has said she was mistaken for the suspect three times in one day in court.
Alexandra Wilson, 25, from Essex, later stated on Twitter ‘there must be something in my face that says’ no lawyer ‘.’
The criminal and family law attorney said the shocking incident “ upset ” her and social media users found it “ unacceptable. ”
She tweeted: ‘Today I was supposed to be a suspect 3 times and journalist once (lol).
‘There MUST be something on my face that says’ no lawyer ‘because I’m literally wearing a black suit like everyone else.’
Ms Wilson, of London attorneys 5 St Andrew’s Hill and founder of Black Women in Law, added: ‘I don’t get it. Today it actually upset me a bit, but … we’re moving x. ‘
Alexandra Wilson (pictured), 25, from Essex, later stated on Twitter ‘there must be something on my face that says’ no lawyer’ ”
Twitter users stepped in with support for the attorney, including author The Secret Barrister, who wrote, “I’m so sorry, Alex. Did you report it?
Sounds like what we should now call ‘a training need’ for the staff in question. Completely unacceptable. ‘
Another social media user said, “Not only unacceptable in every way … but 100 percent wrong, because you are literally exactly what a lawyer looks like.”
One female user commented: “It’s always depressing to read these and similar stories.
“Were the people who mistook you for anything other than a lawyer, other professional court users, court personnel, or members of the public, or would you rather not say so?”
Professor Jo Delahunty added, ‘I was planning on putting a’ head in hands / despair ‘shot, but that won’t change as that doesn’t change anything.
‘You should not tolerate situations that your white colleagues are ashamed of.
‘We can only change that if we celebrate and support our black and BAME colleagues. You rock Mrs. Wilson. ‘
It comes a day after Ms. Wilson saw Amazon selling caps with the tagline ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ – marketed as ‘elegant’ and a ‘nice gift’.
She tweeted: ‘This is not okay. @Amazon why is this racist hat being sold on your site? Are there no checks? This is really embarrassing. ‘
The online retail giant later removed the £ 12.96 caps, which were sold by an outside seller.
A description written by the seller said the items were ‘high quality’ with a ‘unique and fashionable’ design making them a ‘nice gift for family and friends’.
Ms. Wilson tweeted after the caps were removed, ‘The largest online company that sold caps told us’ Black Lives Don’t Matter’.
‘We’ve spoken and it’s finally gone. The power of social media. Imagine the big corporations and celebrities posting a black square on social media using their platform to get activists to speak?
Thank you to everyone who contacted Amazon directly. These small promotions make a big difference. No one should ever see anything like this. ‘
MailOnline reached out to St Andrew’s Hill on Wednesday 5 for comment on the court’s incident.