Mark Curry is an actor/comedian who says he was racially profiling during an incident at the Mining Exchange Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which he captured in viral video.
Curry posted the video on his Instagram page on December 10, 2022. You can watch it later in this article.
Curry identified the employee as John Cramm, the “facility’s certified engineering and security director.” according to CSIndy. John Cramm’s LinkedIn page identifies him as the Director of Engineering of the Mining Exchange.
In the lengthy video, Curry said he was at The Mining Exchange Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the video, a white employee kept asking Curry if he was a guest at the hotel. Curry accused the clerk of asking him the question because he was black and said other people sitting in the lobby should be asked the same question. At one point, another clerk at the counter said Curry was asked the question for “security reasons,” and a black clerk stood behind the original worker during the exchange.
The video has more than 74,000 views in one day. The Mining Exchange is part of the Wyndham hotel chain. Curry is best known for his role on the sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.
Here’s what you need to know:
Curry wrote that a hotel employee asked to see his hotel key while he was sitting in the lobby
The caption on Curry’s Instagram postwhich he shared on December 10, 2022 reads:
“Black man and a hotel lobby, there’s no way he has a room here. No, I have a suite! He comes at me with no badge. I don’t know who this man is. And asked to see my hotel key Wyndham racism.”
He then shared a name and phone number and wrote, “Head of security and chief of maintenance at the same time.”
“So the problem is, I’m in the hotel lobby and this man wants to see it, I don’t know,” Curry said.
“I’m just asking if you’re a guest,” said the worker.
“Are you a guest?” Curry asked.
“No, I’m an employee,” said the man.
“You have your backup. Does he speak?” Curry asked, noticing another employee standing nearby.
“He asks me about mine, I can’t be in that hotel lobby when you’re Black and Colorado Springs… Wow, that’s crazy, isn’t it? So check it out,” Curry said.
The employees stood still.
“They have a black guy in Colorado Springs, so they’re sending this guy … So can’t be a black guy … yeah, I’m trying to pull the race card,” Curry said elsewhere, scoffing at any claim he would play the race card .
He accused the second employee, who appeared black, of being an “Uncle Tom”.
“I asked you very politely. Are you a guest of the hotel,” said the first employee.
“That’s the point… You see a black man in the lobby. Check out her attitude. They’re going to kick my ass,” Curry claimed.
“I am a black man. I’m sitting in the lobby. I should buy the hotel. That’s the funny thing. How long are you gonna stand there mate?” Curry asked.
“Until you answer my question,” the employee said.
“It doesn’t matter how much you’re worth, sir,” the employee said.
“There are many white people…” Curry said.
“They all pay for it,” the clerk said, adding that if Curry were a “patron of the hotel,” he could stay.
“Of course I’m at the hotel, yes,” Curry said.
“I feel threatened,” Curry added. “…Please back. I feel threatened by your attitude and the way you look at me.”
Then he said, “I come here and this guy comes up to me and says some bull***. Look at that. This is hilarious. Goggles on and look at the boots…we’re gonna do this all day,” Curry said.
Then he got up and said he was going to the bathroom and asked if the two men would stop him.
“You better not touch me,” Curry said.
Curry then walked through the lobby.
“I’m at the hotel and these guys followed me. you followed me You don’t know who I am.”
“I’m calling the police about you,” Curry said. “…I don’t like being hassled. I don’t like being followed.”
He approached a woman at the counter. “I’m being followed and harassed by these guys here.”
The woman asked, “Are you a guest at the hotel?”
“Did you check me in?” Curry replied.
Curry said he wanted to see the ID. “I’d like to call the police about this guy.”
The woman at the counter said the man was an engineer.
The woman at the counter said Curry was being asked his name and whether he was a hotel guest for “security reasons”.
“I’m just asking if you’re a guest, yes or no?” said the woman at the counter.
Curry said they should ask everyone else in the lobby if they were guests.
Curry was in town for a performance at the Comedy Club
According to TMZCurry was in town to perform at a local comedy club.
Curry was staying at the hotel, TMZ reported.
A class clown from his earliest years, Mark quickly learned that a wild sense of humor could get him seated. While working at a drug store after graduating from college, he honed and polished a comedy act that he regularly performed on clients. It was these clients, as well as his family and friends, that eventually encouraged Mark to try his stand-up routine at area comedy clubs. Inspired by legendary comedian Richard Pryor, Mark made his Oakland debut and went on to become the city’s most sought-after stand-up comic. His success there paved the way for bookings from comedy clubs around the world.
According to CSIndy.com, when Curry checked into the hotel “was accompanied by Eric Phillips, CEO of 3E’s Comedy Club.”
Phillips told the site that he sends all of his cast members there. “I’ve never had a bit of trouble,” Phillips told CSIndy. “Black, brown, Indian, Asian – no problem at all.”
Neil Cramm, the hotel’s general manager, sent this statement to CSIndy.com:
We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all guests and employees. We deeply regret this incident and have reached out to Mr Curry not only with our sincere apologies but also with a full refund of his stay and an invitation to return at no charge any time in the future. As a respected community partner, we also take this opportunity to replicate our employees’ training and help ensure all interactions reflect our company values. The Mining Exchange plays a special role in the Colorado Springs community, and we will continue to work each day to ensure our hotel remains a place that is open and welcoming to all.
Cramm’s LinkedIn page states:
Combining the skills and knowledge I gained in the automotive industry and now in hospitality. I have the ability to learn and master all types of computers and mechanical systems. I entered the hospitality industry with no building maintenance (engineering) experience, within 5 years I rose to the rank of Director (Chief) of Engineering. I’ve been leading my department for two years and I feel like I’ve made tremendous improvements to my building’s infrastructure while also coordinating a full renovation.
It says on the hotel’s website
With soaring granite walls topped with ornate detailing, our boutique hotel is a superb blend of historic architecture and contemporary accommodations. Built in 1902 as an exchange for local mining companies, The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa offers a unique experience in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. You’ll love our elegant yet casual public spaces and beautiful lobby with an Italian marble fireplace and antique piano. We also offer unique event spaces for everything from meetings and conferences to weddings and special celebrations.
Heavy attempted to call the hotel for direct comment, as well as comment from Cramm, regarding Curry’s allegation that he was the employee in the video. However, no one answered and voicemail was full.
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