They’re out here saying those white cops who arrested that black lady last weekend at the Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama were racists.
Reality Check: When a cop places you under arrest and you do anything other than passively comply, you may wish for him to say, “Oh, you don’t want to be arrested? My bad. I’ll just leave now.” But here’s what will actually happen, every time, and like Michael Jackson sang, “it don’t matter if you’re black or white.”
“Outrage growing over black woman’s arrest … by white police officers,” read the headline on AL.com, followed by an article reporting that local protestors were then “confronted by white police officers and one black man was handcuffed.”
Are y’all as sick of these #FakeRacism stories as I am?
That ugly scene could have been avoided if that lady had followed the advice my father gave me years ago.
“Don’t argue with the cops, son,” he told me. “Whether you’re wrong or right, the police deal with criminals all day long and don’t need any lip from some kid.”
“So if they ever say ‘Get out of here,’ or ‘Sit on that curb and shut up,’ then do it without a word of backtalk,” he warned. “Or they might crack you upside the head with that baton they carry or you’ll spend the night in jail.”
A version of that advice called “The Talk” is given in the black community because of their experience with the law enforcement, especially in decades past.
I personally believe those days of systemic racism are gone, but the advice should remain — obey the law.
Or you might end up looking like a fool on Youtube for being arrested at a Waffle House … and it don’t matter if you’re black or white.
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