Saying “hi” while black

Witness! This 15-minute video (embedded in article that sums up encounter) is very uncomfortable to sit through, but must be viewed especially by those of us who don’t experience routine racist abuse of police power. No violence (this time) — just disrespectful, intimidating, and abusive language; unnecessary escalation; intentionally confusing doubletalk; and evidence of a deeply damaged wideset policing mindset among multiple officers. (Seriously some of the officers’ statements are pretty astonishing and revealing.) Disgusting. This must stop. We must hold officers to higher standards, and give them the community support they need for more advanced constructive training, and community pressure to weed out the dangerous assholes.

*Note: The article just came to my attention but is from 2014, and the incident from 2013. Sad to see not much has changed. We allies still must continue to open our eyes; no matter how many viral videos we watch, we cannot have seen as much as our marginalized friends have experienced in their lives. Opting out is privilege.

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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