Driving While Black

DWBIt gets so sad talking to some of these liberals who are convinced that everyone is out to get them and this is true no more than with very liberal blacks who are convinced the police are all racists, waiting to do them harm.  I ran into someone I haven’t seen for a long, long time online and while we’ve never been more than passing acquaintances, this pretty much demonstrates why. It wasn’t more than a couple of minutes into the reunion than he started complaining that police keep harassing him because he’s black.  He kept complaining about “driving while black”, that police will pull him over for no reason other than he’s a black man driving a car.

Now I’ve heard these stories before but never really had anyone that I could really question about their experiences so I asked him to tell me about a couple of instances.  First, he told me that he was pulled over by a white cop “for no reason at all” and started to assert that it must have been because he was black.  I asked him what happened, did the officer say anything about his skin color, did he make any disparaging remarks or anything else that could be directly attributed to him being a racist?  Nope, he just knew that it was a racist thing and the cop gave him a ticket for speeding.  Wait a minute… speeding?  So he didn’t pull him over for no reason at all, he pulled him over because he was speeding!  Oh no, that must have been just an excuse, it was all about race!

The second incident, he was pulled over by another white officer and again, no racist language, no threats or anything negative but it just had to be racial in nature.  Oh, and he had a broken tail light that the cop warned him to fix.  No ticket, just a warning and the cop drove on.  But somehow, this is all harassment because this guy was breaking the law and driving with a broken tail light.

Now I’m not going to say that there aren’t legitimate instances where people are pulled over because of their skin color and those cases ought to be decried.  However, let’s be honest, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation, even though that seems to go through the minds of liberals on a constant basis.  It has to be racist because that’s the first thing they think of in just about every situation.  Or sexist, some of them go that way automatically too.  Yes, if the cop pulls you over and starts saying some racist crap, you’ve got a legitimate beef.  Unless that’s the case though, unless you have some actual evidence that it was a racist move, let’s stop whining and just do what you’re supposed to be doing.

2 thoughts on “Driving While Black”

  1. Apparently you have it fixed in your mind that there is no racial motivation for pulling over a black driver if the police officer does not make some overt racial remarks to the driver after stopping him. This is simply absurd. You can't determine from the lack of things said whether the officer was motivated in part or in whole by some racial animus or bias in deciding to pull a black driver over. Mind you, I am not saying that we should automatically assume there was some racial motivation. On this point I agree with you. But we also can't automatically assume there is no racial bias. What is needed is to examine the data. We would need to determine whether a given police officer, or a department for that matter, exhibits a pattern of pulling over black drivers much more often than white drivers, hispanic drivers, asian drivers, etc.

    Glad that you acknowledge that there are "legitimate instances where people are pulled over because of their skin color." But you framed this idea in such a way as to give the impression that the instances are so few in number that it is an issue of little concern. Fact is we don't yet have enough good quality research data to determine with a high certainty just how common racial profiling is by police. Data suggests it is a problem but just how large a problem is yet to be reliably determined. I suspect it is more common than you are assuming. The skeptical approach here is not to dismiss the issue as inconsequential in its dimension nor assume it is so ubiquitous that it is a major national problem. Rather we need to hold judgement until there is more data and keep ourselves informed on the subject. I suggest you look into this issue rather than just making what appears to be the assumption that it is an issue of little importance. Here are some sources that can get you started:
    (1) http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-racial-profili
    (2) http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/r… (
    3) http://www.nij.gov/topics/law-enforcement/legitim
    (4) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2
    (5) https://www.aclum.org/sites/all/files/images/educ
    (6) http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/23/opinion/o… (
    7) http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-d
    (8) http://www.public.asu.edu/~etcamach/AMSSI/reports….

    These sources alone should provide ample reason to accept that racial profiling by police is an issue that is likely of a greater scale than you appear to be assuming and a topic that needs further study.

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