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  •  Not to Mention (7+ / 0-)

    The fact that someone is Black does NOT mean that racism doesn't fuel their perceptions of, and actions against, other Black people.  We are not immune to hundreds of years of anti-Black racist culture any more than whites.  Indeed, they made sure we learned the lessons just as well, as a diaspora.

    I'm really not sure how many times that Black folks here at Daily Kos have to keep repeating that basic fact before folks stop raising that "So what?" issue in this context and others.


    •  Culturally Black police are (1+ / 0-)
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      Police not Black. Not really a difficult concept.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 09:14:29 AM PST

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      •  My Dad's partner of ten years was a man of color. (0+ / 0-)

        He was a guy everyone knew, and he was definitely black and perceived as such by the black people in town.   I guess it 's very different in a NJ small town, where you know everyone because your kids go to school together and you shop in the same stores.  

        Many hands make light work, but light hearts make heavy work the lightest of all.

        by SpamNunn on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 11:12:18 AM PST

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    •  Is it racist? (1+ / 0-)
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      One night, after dark, the doorbell rang, and there was a tall young black man on the front porch (in a hoodie, if that matters).   He looked unwell, sort of shivering and clammy.   The weather was very mild.   He said he was too sick to walk home as he had planned, and asked for a phone.    On impulse, I suggested that maybe we could just give him a ride.  My husband did so, although he did raise an eyebrow at me.  I explained that it was either that, or the sick kid would be sitting on our front doorstep for however long it took.  He decided to give him a ride.

      After they left, I saw a police car cruise slowly past, and wondered if the kid was in some sort of trouble.

      The next day, I mentioned this incident to my neighbor.  She is a dear friend, and raising two kids, herself.   She said the kid had knocked on her door first.  She told him to get out of her yard, and then called the police.   She has a young son about the same age as the kid who knocked on my door.     She is normally a very kind, generous, caring person.  So, I wondered at our different reactions.    Am I too naive and trusting?   Was she right to call the police?    

      I thought about that poor kid, sick, alone, on a street where he didn't know anyone, without a phone, knocking on doors and being turned away and having the police called on him.   He really did look sick and miserable.   I would want someone to help my child in that situation.   That's what I thought at the time.

      My instinct proved right.    It turned out that he wasn't dangerous, just a sick kid trying to get home.   He just thanked my husband and was grateful to get home.

      The white woman helped the black kid.  The black woman called the cops.   Is it racist?  


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