Am I Missing Something?

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Growing up Black in America there are a lot of things I assumed to be common experiences.

I assumed that everyone understood that “tightening up” feeling when a cop pulls up next to you.
I assumed everyone one had “The Talk” with their children about how one has to conduct themselves with police and how being Black means you have to be twice if not three times as good as anyone one else just so people won’t question whether affirmative action got you to your station in life.
It took the overwhelming attention brought to such cases as Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner and the like for me to realize that no these feelings are not “common” and that for some fear of police is not taught. I also learned that sadly in the case of some police racism has burrowed so deep they have no clue that it factors into their decision making skills.

Check out the following video clips and judge for yourself the difference in police approach with these cases. You’ll notice how those who are outwardly aggressive towards police are not shot on sight but talked down and that for others…well… others aren’t even given a warning let alone the chance to speak…

Am I missing something? What makes the first few videos different from the last two? You tell me?

May I add the last two take place in Ohio…which is an open carry state… I’ll just leave these videos here and wait for your input…

 

No…seriously… I’m waiting… comment below.

Bi LAUREN CROOM

2 thoughts on “Am I Missing Something?

  1. Like you, I’m trying to figure out how to comment – on the politics of open carry, on recent and seemingly escalating attacks on women’s and black men’s bodies, on the militarization of the police and extending reach of the state. But I’m absolutely confounded.

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    • It’s difficult because there is no tangible “thing” that if eliminated would make these issues dissappear. These are pre-judgments that are established over the course of a persons lifetime… The only thing you and I can do is to create as many open and creative forums as possible hoping that in doing so we can all unlearn the negative and grow in the positive.

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