"She shouldn't have worn that dress..."
It's really the same argument. Well, to me it is.
This. So much of it is about blaming the victim.
Dude, that's what he gets for not being white.
That's totally what he gets.
SRSLY GAHHHHHHHHHHHH HATE HATE HATE
And that... thing you linked to last night, that poor gay white guy. I just. I...
how the hell can someone even try to say that. really, wut?
I should post about how when i got busted breaking into my own house, they went away without seeing my id. and i was a drunk teenager with a leather jacket, much more fitting the profile of a burglar.
You know, MAYBE we wouldn't all be rolling our eyes if this type of thing didn't happen all the fucking time.
Like when I got harassed by a cop for having an NPR driveway moment in my own car outside my own apartment building back in February.
i know it shouldn't be, but it is amazing to me how many white people are actually *totally incapable* of putting themselves in shoes of color. the idea that a black person might have a perfectly normal "wtf?" reaction to someone being ludicrous is totally foreign. i really think they assume that black folks walk around in a delusional haze all the time.
No, they assume that black folks know their place and expect/accept bullshit treatment.
I think that`s what it ultimately boils down to.
wtf fucking seriously? i mean yes i know seriously but anyone who would even suggest or have that thought go through their brain needs their stupid head examined...
i don't even get how you could go THERE with it... polite my ass... jesus...
OH SO MANY OF THOSE COMMENTS. I'M ABOUT TO GO BOOM. NUCLEAR EXPLOSION AT MY HOUSE!
NOW SEE HERE, I KNOW RACISM WHEN I SEE IT.
PEOPLE JUST LIKE TAUNTING ME.
The past couple of weeks have been filled with me asking myself, why are you reading internet comments, WHY. It is disheartening for sure.
Also I love the people who are like, "But the POLICE REPORT said..." Oh ho! Yes, we know how truthful the police are when they write their totally unbiased reports about the time they harassed a respected Harvard intellectual in his own home!
You know? The logical contortions I've been watching people perform to blame this older disabled man for being arrested IN HIS OWN FUCKING HOUSE is just.... Wow.
On another journal post about this,
wild_irises said that cops "arrest people they read as housebreakers and criminals and they negotiate with people they read as confused or overwrought homeowners."
This sums up my opinions about this -- the police, as part of their job, have to deal with a lot of distressed and confused people who have not done anything wrong. The police damn well better know how to deal politely and effectively with an innocent person who is feeling emotionally overwhelmed. By arresting him, the officer is sending a clear message that he does not see Professor Gates as part of the category of "upstanding homeowners who might be emotional under stress", but instead is putting him in the category of "housebreakers and criminals".
I felt the same way after reading the comments on this news story over at The Black Snob blog. I don't know why I thought folks on that forum would have a little more sense.
But my anger was somewhat abated when I read Angry Black Bitch's response
. It is so much full of win, I may have to
quote it at every possible opportunity in the near future.
eeeew. I have not seen that, fortunately.
The urge on your part is quite understandable.
thankful not to have read anything like this. people will never learn when they need to shut the fuck up, especially on the internet.
i think its really easy to talk about 'being more polite' and
'not getting so defensive' when yr not accustomed to being forced into a defensive stance on a regular basis for reasons that a] are not rooted in fact and b] are beyond yr control.
2009-07-24 12:43 am (UTC)
The thing is, he was polite when they arrived, it was after they kept giving him shit that he decided it was time to upbraid them. I dunno about you, but that sounds about like my tolerance level too. I speak calmly so I know I'm not going to get shot in the first few minutes. Then I lay it out for them because they're in *my house*. Now that the President has commented, I think it's pretty clear where there careers go, and where every cop on that force is going. They're sunk, and everyone else is going to have to treat black people like white people for awhile. (Is that; whitewashing?) Hopefully, for like, the entire time the President is in office, perhaps even long enough for a new learning curve to happen and prejudice to stop.
And if that doesn't happen in 3 years, then we just vote for Obama again, and then they're on their tippy toes for nearly a decade. :)