Don’t be Hoodwinked, Bamboozled, or Led Astray by People of Color! Six Safety Tips for Communities and Police Officers

Dear Community Members and Police Officers,

We, law-abiding, proud American citizens would like to take a moment to thank you for all of your hard work. Most of us can’t even imagine how challenging it must be to be called out to a potentially hostile environment and have to immediately determine who’s the victim and who’s the Black guy…I mean criminal…. And to further complicate matters, sometimes it looks like the alleged criminal is doing very normal things (walking, sitting, etc.). Don’t fall for it, it’s a trap! As many White women have shown us, those “normal” things are often a red herring.  But don’t you fret, we’re here to tell you all the warning signs… but from a distance…like, through a 911 call… We don’t want to get caught up in all that messiness.

Our team of diligent researchers has taken on the task of demystifying the, at times, ambiguous nature of law enforcement and compiled a list of 6 “Pro Tips” based on recent true events (i.e. crimes) to help our community and police officers stay alert to the new wave of crime. As the kids say #StayWoke!

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Curing the Disease of “Implicit Bias” Requires Self-Diagnosing Internalized Racism

The internet has been ablaze with a video of police arresting two Black men for waiting for a business associate inside a Starbucks. As is customary, when White men and women engage in heinous acts of racism against Black men and other White people protest the injustice, the explanation from those who care is “implicit bias.” Implicit bias has been used to justify all forms of discrimination ranging from the shooting of unarmed Black men to the arrest of the Black men in Starbucks for the crime of waiting while Black.

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