commented on Today I Got Pulled Over for Driving While Black
Late to the party, but I'm hoping my little story may help those of you missing the point of this piece.
The author and I are very similar in most regards. High level of education, fairly comfortable financially, female and adult. But she is black and I am white.
I drive the same freeways she does and habitually do so 5 to 10 miles over the posted speed limit. For the sake of argument let's chalk up the fact that I have only ever been pulled over once in my life to luck. That one time I was doing 82 in a 60 mile an hour zone, so not only speeding but worthy of a citation for reckless driving as well. So a pretty serious stop.
Was I frightened? Apprehensive? Worried that I would get anything more than the tickets I deserved?
It never even occurred to me that I would need to do any of the things the author described. Because, although the officer couldn't tell by looking at me any of the things I have in common with the author they could see the one thing we don't. I am a white lady and she is a black lady. Regardless of whether or not the officers could see that when they lit us up (and in my case, due to tinted windows they most certainly could not) this fact was clear by the time we were pulled over.
I not only drove off that day with just a speeding ticket instead of the much more serious citation for reckless driving I deserved, the officer apologized for pulling me over. He said, and I quote, " if you'd been doing 10 over I'd have let it go, but 82 in a 60 zone, I kind of had to pull you over."
So let's review. Two very similar ladies, one black, one white. One pulled over, treated like threat for going 5 miles over the speed limit, one driving recklessly in a car with darkly tinted windows, gets a reduced ticket and an apology for the inconvenience.
And this is the point:
Due to the color of our skin these are the interactions we expected. That she would automatically be treated as potential criminal or threat and that I would not.
commented on Guest Editorial: City Attorney Pete Holmes Should Stop Prosecuting Black Lives Matter Protesters
@36 et al: The actions of the protesters were not just legal they were protected by the constitution of the United States. If you don't like it you are free to find another country whose treatment of it's citizens' expression of political dissent is more closely aligned with your own.
As Comte has pointed out your argument regarding the impact on emergency vehicle is specious since the intent or cause of the obstructions to traffic have no bearing whatsoever on how those emergency vehicles address them. That you may have a beef with the subject of a given protest, or are inconvenienced, is not sufficient grounds to curtail the constitutional rights of your fellow citizens.
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Family From Hell
PPPH your letter made me cry. I cannot fathom how people can be so mean to some one they held in their arms as a baby and call it religion. I work with a Sister who is celebrating her Golden Jubilee this year. That's 50 fucking years as a nun and she has proudly attended Gay weddings.
Your family are rotten human beings, and I want to know where you're registered so I can get you the fanciest God damned toaster oven known to mankind.
God I'm so angry.