Friday, May 24, 2024

New-Age Jim Crow and the Rise of Racial Profiling (WATCH)

white woman (racist) on phon e - black barbeque

*Recently, news of police being called on black people has become all too common. Innocuous, everyday actions like napping in a university dorm, waiting in Starbucks, renting an airbnb, checking out a real estate property and shopping at Nordstrom have lead to the police showing up.

Sometimes the encounters end peacefully like in the case of the white woman who called the police on a black family for barbecuing in Oakland.

The police took the side of the black youths and didn’t take any actions.

On the other hand, it can end up in cold-blooded murder like in the case of Stephon Clark who got shot to death by police in his own backyard for holding a mobile phone. “Existing while black” is becoming harder day by day.

All this comes down to this country’s silent segregation – one that operates on different rules for black folks. When white people have the audacity to call the police on black folks like we are a nuisance, our second class citizen status gets confirmed. Not only do we get to be targets on police’s own racism but we also get to see police becoming the weapon of racists. Racists today, much like those in the past, know how easily their word will be taken against black people. The ghost of Jim Crow lingers on in present-day America.

Profiling has been a part of every black person’s life experience. We all have had the talk from our elders about what to do when stopped and frisk. We know that balance of scales isn’t tipped in our favor.

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