Who is Dominique Veasley?
Dominique Veasley is a Black woman who was subjected to an abhorrent display of bigotry when a group of White women expressed their distaste when kissed her partner at the poolside in Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, a popular Sacramento hotel. The incident which was captured on Video and posted by the Black Bay Area Instagram account shows the women throwing expletives as they were escorted off the property of the Kimpton Sawyer hotel for their homophobia. People could be heard chanting “Shame” at these women as they made their exit.
The caption of the Instagram account reads; “Happened yesterday in Sacramento at the Kimpton hotel pool. A pack of white straight women in a cabana demanded that a queer Black woman (Dom Veas of Oakland) to stop kissing her girlfriend in the pool because ‘there were children present!’.”
The caption further read, “Of course there were many other (straight/white) couples in the pool with plenty of PDA, but they only insisted that only black queer woman stop. And we know why.” When confronted by bystanders, the women claimed there’s no way they were racist because one of them was supposedly Hispanic, the account claimed.
Dominique Veasley Video
The video started when a group of White women are seen being escorted away from the pool area by hotel security as hotel guests chanted “Shame” at them. One woman in a blue dress could be seen angrily marching off before stopping, looking into the camera, and raising her middle finger while loudly asking the person recording to “F*** off”.
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A woman dressed in green is seen confronting bystanders and asking them if they had any children, one person said that they don’t want children, to which she replied, “Good because you’d be a f***ing terrible dad.” The woman then claimed that she had “never been more embarrassed” in her life “for the human race” and said that she was a “Jewish woman from New Jersey” who also lives in Oakland. She then continued a profanity-filled tirade even as her male companion pointed out that there were still children present in the pool area.
Kimpton Sawyer Hotel Statement
The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in a statement via the general manager, Nikki Carlson released a statement following the incident, saying: ‘The Sawyer does not condone discrimination or verbal assault of any kind. An unfortunate disagreement between guests occurred at our pool over the holiday weekend and the matter has since been resolved.”
What has Dominique Veasley Said?
Veasley said that she had come to cool off by the hotel’s pool when some guests had a problem when she and her partner, a woman, started kissing. She said that a group of people asked them to stop because there were kids around.
Speaking to KPIX, Veasley said, “My, you know, initial reaction for the children was, oh, yeah. And then I was just like, wait, you’re asking me to stop being me.” She said that despite other straight couples in the pool showing the same level of affection, she and her partner were the only ones asked to stop kissing.
The group of women even called security on the couple. Veasley told the network, “It would have been a beautiful moment for her to teach about love to her kids. But instead, she decided to sexualize two women.”
Veasley hopes this incident will ultimately serve as a lesson in acceptance. “Eventually, things are going to change as long as we keep pushing it. There’s no movement without movement,” she said, adding that she was grateful to the people who stood up for them, and hoped this episode would encourage others to become allies.