Former Editor and Showrunner Selwyn Hinds Is Profiled
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, a screenwriter and former editor-in-chief of The Source, called out Citibank on Twitter. His frustration is centered on his experience being racially profiled at one of their local branches in LA. The bank allegedly threatened to call the police on Hinds.
“Completely disgusted at @Citibank. You’ve had my business for years but apparently a Black man can’t walk into a branch and withdraw large sums of his own money without drama and threats to call the police. Absolutely sick of this sh–. #America,” he tweeted on Friday.
He continued, “Threatening to call the cops on a Black man in this country is you declaring your willingness to see him killed. Because I want to withdraw my own money? Just done. F—— hate this place.”
The Exchange with Citibank Rep
“Brian,” a Citibank representative who responded to Hinds on Twitter, tweeted, “Good evening, Selwyn. Thanks for reaching out and I sincerely regret the experience you had with us. We would be glad to submit this for review at our branch. May I know which location you visited?”
Immediately after that, Hinds dropped the location of the branch. He argued that he intended to withdraw his money and have his lawyers contact the bank directly.
“The branch in question: 324 E. 1st Street. Los Angeles. Refused to give me my money after verifying my identity, then threatened to call the cops on me. I’m withdrawing all of my money from your bank and next week my lawyers will come knocking.”
Hinds Acknowledged for Notable Accomplishments
Most importantly, Hinds made news after signing a deal with CAA. He currently has multiple films in development including Prince of Cats and 1000 Miles. He is the show runner of the upcoming Hulu series Washington Black starring actor Sterling K. Brown and previously worked as a writer and producer on Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone.