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  •  Not just black people unfortunately (18+ / 0-)

    One of my mom's friends found out it's also a bad idea to be driving with a Mexican.

    My mom wasn't with them, but the way she tells the story, it was my mom's friend, her daughter and grandson (all white), and then another one of my mom's friends who is Mexican - I think born in the US of Mexican decent, pretty sure she grew up in Texas. But definitely a Mexican sounding name, darker skin and an ever so slight accent that you wouldn't even notice if you weren't specifically listening for it. Pulled over for speeding in the Missouri bootheel (Limbaugh country) returning from Florida, and I believe it was, to borrow terminology from the favorite former senate candidate of residents in Limbaugh country, legitimate speeding. Something like 80 in a 70, nothing too outrageous.

    Officer claimed he smelled marijuana in the car. Now I've known my mom's two friends my entire life. My mom's known them since she was a kid. They do not smoke pot. Period. And the 5 year old grandson isn't toking up either. The officer makes the Mexican friend sit in the back of the police car while he searches the car, mind you, the other three passengers are not sitting in the back of the police car, including the 20-something year old daughter, which, even though I know she doesn't smoke, if I didn't know any of them and had to guess which one was the pot smoker, I'd guess the girl in her 20s, because hey, I'm in my 20s and know what people my age do.  Nothing is found and the cop lets them go, don't remember if they got a ticket or not.

    Wish I could say this happened decades ago. Sadly, it didn't. It happened this past summer. It's still illegal to be a non-white person in a car in some parts of the country. In 2012.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:06:59 AM PST

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