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Culver City Police
Last Saturday some friends of mine (two women and one man... the man was driving) were driving through Culver City when they got pulled over by the police. The police said they pulled them over for having a bad head light, which is strange since it was in the daytime, so why would their headlights be on and what difference did it make?
They asked the driver for his license, registration and insurance which he provided and then asked the driver had he ever been to jail? The last part of the question made the ladies in the car go ballistic demanding to know why they had been stopped and why was the officer asking these questions. Finally, the male driver said ladies shut up and do what they say. The driver had no warrants, his car was registered, his insurance was in order and NO he had never been to jail. In fact, not that it matters but he is an educated Black Man... Just happened to be driving in Culver City.
I tell you all of this to lay the ground work for the fact that the ladies were shocked at how this went down, and were even more amazed that me and all of my friends knew exactly what happened, how it went down, why it went down and how to act in that situation. I even stated (in joking) that how and what to do when you're a Black Man in America when you get pulled over by the police is a class in the Kappa Achievers Mentor Program for Black Men coming of age.
Now I mean no disrespect to Black Woman. You have your own challenges that you deal with everyday. But the oppression that gets placed on Black Men by the police everyday is something they fortunately or unfortunately will never really understand. The fact is every Black Man whether you are educated or not, a corporate executive or work at the local 7-11, we all know what it feels like when those red lights pull up behind you. We all know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. It is a feeling that I know, that unfortunately my son will know and my father and his father before him all know well-too well. Remember Senator Kevin Murray only passed racial profiling legislation in the State of California about 6 years ago. And while it is now against the law to pull over a person just because they meet the profile of a certain race, many of the local police departments have yet to adopt this policy and put into place procedures that in any way shape or form deal with this issue.
If there is any Black Man out there who has never been racially profiled or more importantly any Black Man (young or old) who does not know what to do when you get pulled over by the police, please let me know. I will dedicate a front page story to explain to you exactly what to do, but I am willing to bet if you have reached the age of being able to drive you already know the lesson. Either because someone has already told you or you were in the passenger seat when one of your adult male role models experienced it first hand.
Matter of fact in the heat of the discussion I stated that the only thing that can save President Barack Obama from getting pulled over if he was driving in the wrong place at the wrong time is Secret Service and given how they handled the crashing of the first state dinner I'm not sure they could save him.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."