I have been profiled and stopped a few times by the police. Come on Field, how do you know you were being profiled?
Well, I wasn't breaking any of the rules of the road, I was in a vehicle that should not have drawn any scrutiny, and I was driving in a neighborhood ----where I am sure that in the police officer's mind, I should not have been.
So yes, I was profiled.
Fortunately for me, though, I am still here to write about it. Which sadly, I cannot say for other black men in America.
We have all seen the videos by now (the most recent tragedy from St Paul, Minnesota), and as I have said many times before, I am so thankful for cell- phone videos. Can you imagine what happened before the advent of this technology? All those stories written by the police officers who totally controlled the narrative. The victims, who were mostly poor and people of color, were never believed.
Of course, as is always the case, we will wring our hands, black (and white) people will take to the streets, and some of our leaders will say all the right things to soothe our anger and clear their own conscience. Nothing will change. Unfortunately we will be having this type of discussion again in a year or two. But as long as there are "color aroused" people in positions of power, nothing will change.
Congress wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars today trying to relitigate the issue of Hillary's damn e-mails. (Apparently the leader of the FBI saying that there was no crime committed was not enough.) They should have been holding hearings about state killings of black (and white) people and the lack of confidence average citizens (especially poor ones and people of color) have for those who are supposed to be protecting and serving us all.
"I wanted everybody in the world to see what the police do," says woman who posted video after shooting"
Mam, we already know what the police can do. But I am still glad that you posted the video of your boyfriend's death for us all to see . Because here in America, there are still a substantial number of people who don't.