‘It’s a white man’s world:’ Black man’s experience in Myrtle Beach goes viral

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Ernest Skelton, the owner of Grand Strand Appliance Repair Services, checks out a client's washer. June 2, 2020. (Photo: Anjali Patel/WPDE).

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WPDE) — A Facebook post about a conversation between a black man and a white woman in Myrtle Beach is going viral.

When local appliance repairman Ernest Skelton came to Caroline Brock’s house to repair her washer and dryer on Saturday, she asked him a question no white person has ever asked him before.

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What is it like to be a black man in America?

“Ernest showed up at my door and I had to address it. I couldn’t pretend nothing was going on as we were watching news of the protests and riots upstairs,” Brock said.

Skelton’s answer shocked her.

“He was very open and willing to share what his life was like, and I’m going to say it really shocked me, because I didn’t know that this is a normal black man has to deal with every day,” Brock said, tears welling in her eyes.

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