There seems to be a disturbing trend these days, whereby people with pale skin, on seeing a person with darker skin anywhere in their vicinity, think it is best to call for the police. The first time or two, I overlooked it, thinking these were isolated incidents. But this growing trend has now resulted in police being called on an Oregon State Representative because she was doing what politicians do right before an election – going door to door talking to people, trying to rustle up votes. People, people, people … what in the Sam Hell are you so afraid of??? My goodness … if my skin is darker than yours … so WHAT???
It first came to my notice back in April, when a Starbucks employee called police on two African-American men waiting for their friend to join them for lunch. Then later the same month, a white woman called police on a few black people who, she said, were using a charcoal grill in an area where it was banned. Police arrived and left shortly thereafter, leaving the people to their grill-out. And after that, things seemed to snowball.
Darren Martin worked in the Obama administration, and on leaving the White House last year, decided to move to New York. Watch him tell what happened to him when he moved into his new apartment …
On May 5, African-American real estate investor Michael Hayes was inspecting a house he’s interested in buying in a Memphis neighborhood. He was pulling a board off the boarded-up home’s front when a woman next door came outside. Mr. Hayes waved to her. The woman, who is white, asked him what he was doing. He pointed to the sign he had placed in the front yard and explained his reason for being there, that he wanted to get inside the house to take pictures. She called the police, who arrived, talked to Hayes for a moment and then cautioned the woman to leave him alone.
Also in May, three black teens were shopping at a Nordstrom department store when a store employee called police and said they were shoplifting. They were not, and the president of the company later apologized in person to all three teens.
At Yale University, where we might have expected to find a more enlightened population, a white student called police on a black grad student who had fallen asleep in the common room of the dorm that both students live in.
In St. Louis, a black man tried to buy a money order at a local grocery store to pay his rent. The clerk insisted the man pay with cash, rather than a credit or debit card, so the man called his girlfriend, she brought the cash, and the clerk still refused to sell them a money order for reasons unknown.
Also in St. Louis just this past Monday, a black man was in a Walgreen’s to purchase diabetic supplies when the clerk called the police and accused the man of shoplifting. He was searched and nothing was found.
At an Alabama Hobby Lobby, an employee called police on a black man returning an item. He had the receipt and the item, the clerk asked him to wait while she called corporate offices to see if the item was returnable, but instead she called police. The officer arrived, took the man’s driver’s license, ran a background check, then told him to collect his refund and get off the premises before he arrested him for trespassing. Last month, 12-year-old Reginald Fields, an enterprising young black man, started a business cutting grass in his neighborhood. The neighbors of one of his customers, however, called police to report that he had accidentally cut a part of their lawn. Seriously??? They couldn’t have just walked over and pointed out where their lawn began … they called the cops??? Yeah, they called the cops. The upside of this story is that Reginald’s business has soared since the incident. Go Reginald!!! 👍 👍🏿We’ve all seen the picture of this woman, Stephanie Sebby-Stremple, who was captured on video harassing a group of black teens at a swimming pool, and even hit one of the boys three times. The teens were respectful, and left offering no resistance, saying “yes ma’am” as they quietly exited the area, though the woman continued screaming, “Get out! Get out now! There are three numbers I can dial: 9-1-1. Get out. Little punks.”And then there is the story I led with. Janelle Bynum is a democrat, an Oregon State Representative who is running for her second term of office. Tuesday afternoon she decided to spend a couple of hours going door-to-door, talking to people – voters, citizens, constituents – seeing what their needs are sharing her ideas … the sort of things that politicians do. Bynum had nearly finished her rounds when a Clackamas county deputy pulled up next to her. The deputy explained to Bynum that they’d received a report that someone was spending a long time in the neighborhood and appeared to be taking notes about the houses on her phone.
Are so many people in this nation truly so backward that seeing a person with skin darker than theirs strikes fear in their hearts? I don’t care what skin colour my mail carrier has, as long as I get my mail on time. I don’t care what skin colour my gas/electric meter-reader has, so long as he writes down the numbers accurately. I don’t care what colour the guys who mow my grass are as long as they don’t trample my flowers. And I damn sure don’t care what colour skin my elected officials have, if only they would do their damn jobs!
If anybody has a problem with the colour of another person’s skin, if dark skin strikes fear into their heart, then I strongly suggest they seek immediate psychological counseling, for they are the one with a problem. These incidents sicken me and make me so ashamed of my fellow countrymen. But more importantly, they are becoming the norm and the danger is that eventually we don’t raise an eyebrow when we hear of such racist incidents. This needs to stop … we are all on this planet together, all of the same race: the human race.