I feel as if I’ve had to explain #TheBlackRule more in the past year than I’ve had to my entire life.
I’m almost positive I’ve even explained it on this platform before. #TheBlackRule: When mothers of Black children explain to them that they must never disobey a police officer for fear of them being hurt or killed. We’re told to make we don’t move too fast. We’re told not to seem as if we’re getting “fresh” with the police. We’re told to make sure we don’t do anything that can possibly be described as “reaching for a weapon.” These rules weren’t told to Black kids due to paranoia. It was told so that young Black kids would live to see their 18th birthday. If you don’t believe that Blacks, even in 2013, are consistently nervous about police interaction, check out this video of a 14 year old boy who was tackled and choked by officers. His crime? He didn’t jump when they said jump and looked at them with a “dehumanizing stare.”
So just in case you aren’t clear. Don’t look at a cop the wrong way or have body language that could be a problem. Then you’ll get choked out cause you deserved it.
Today on #TWiBRadio, we discuss cops tackling puppy wielding teenagers, the Supreme Court giving the okay to collect DNA upon arrest and the Zimmerman defense team continues to smear Trayvon Martin’s name – but this time they’re sorry.
And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew 125 year-old HBCU St. Paul’s College to close June 30, one senator wants an entire gang arrested, and can you fight bullying through text message?