White Civilian Culpability in Black Assaults and Deaths (#BlackLivesMatter)

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Funny...in the growing outcries against law enforcement, white people are the first to chant #NotAllCops and all that jazz, yet when these "good cops" finally decide to speak out, one of the first things they have to say is STFU to white civilians.

Addicting Info has this awesome article quoting cops speaking up in a forum about the bullshit calls they get from white people calling on random black people who are, you know, simply existing.

Some gems:
I got a call once about someone illegally fishing in a community pond. The complainant advised that they had lived there for years, and knew that the person fishing didn’t live in the community.

Once I arrive, I see a middle aged black man fishing in the pond. He looks over when I pull up and immediately approaches me. He said, “Let me guess, my racist neighbors called again saying that I didn’t live here.”

“Yes, sir. That is what the caller said.”

“Here’s my license. I’ve lived here for 10 years, and they call on me every once and a while.”


“I’m sorry to have bothered your fishing. Have a good day, and good luck with your horrible neighbors.”
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My personal favorite:

TeenageExplorer standing @ traffic post

Mother with child: Excuse me?

Me: Yes ma’am?

Mother with child: Did you see that guy walk down my street?

Recalls man walking down the street, he waved at me and I waved back

Me: Yea, do you know him?

Mother with child: I mean I’ve seen him a few times before, he just is out of place here. Can you like do something about that? Him being here?

Recalls man was black

Me: Ma’am, I can’t personally do anything, I’m just here to direct traffic and I have to remain here until told otherwise. praying she’ll walk away

Mother with Child: Could you call your boss then?

Fuck

Me: Ma’am, there’s an officer down the street if you’d like to talk with him. But there’s nothing saying he can’t walk down the street so I don’t know if he will be able to do anything either.

Mother with child: Fine. walks away annoyed

We frequently get calls about black men and woman and kids, yes fucking kids, walking. Like WWB was actually a crime and not a Twitter joke.
When I was in social work I learned that CPS gets similar calls, in which white people will call on their neighbors for letting their kids have black friends, etc.

It's very important we bring up this factor because body cameras on cops and cloud apps for smartphones don't address one of the major underlying problems: the first people to often escalate cop-POC civilian situations are not the cops themselves, but the white people who call them. Hell, after being mistaken for a black man, Sureshbhai Patel wound up paralyzed.

Why wasn't the caller tracked down and held accountable?  Because I believe that needs to be part of law enforcement reform.

It also needs to be part of the discussion about white supremacy in America.  It's not just cops that chant the "fear for my life" routine, white civilians have been doing it forever, and we were almost starting to forget about the Michael David Dunns and John Henry Spooners (not Zimmerman - he gets arrested too much) because recenty focus has almost squarely turned to cops.

That mother with her child was offended by the mere sight of a black man - in passing - and Her Highness immediately wanted him removed.  I want folks to meditate on that, considering how often white Americans swear up and down to themselves that they're not part of the problem, they're doing absolutely nothing to contribute to the racial problems in this country, and don't see why they should have to be held responsible for anything.

Here's the original thread itself.  One commenter, the WM half of a BWWM couple, added this in response to TeenageExplorer's comment:
My wife got the police called on her 3 times the first week we moved into our new Apartment. 1st time she was sitting in her car reading while the landlord brought the keys from his office. 2nd time was for "breaking into the house" she used the front door with a key. 3rd time she was walking to the mail boxes down the street to get mail.

I'm white and she's black. She got cops called a total of 9 times in the year we lived there I got zero.
Anybody else suddenly remembering Danièle Watts?

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  1. Meanwhile, their acceptably white neighbour is up to no good and no one is paying attention. *shrugs and sips tea*

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    1. I know, right? How many times have we heard about white chicks being in held in basements for years at a time, and all the neighbors scratch their asses and insist the captor "seemed like such a nice guy"?

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    2. That's why Breaking Bad is so believable. White ppl could be moving cocaine, cooking meth, capturing, killing, and eating the neighborhood kids, but white folks will be busy tattling on black people for breathing.

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  2. It's very important we bring up this factor because body cameras on cops and cloud apps for smartphones don't address one of the major underlying problems: the first people to often escalate cop-POC civilian situations are not the cops themselves, but the white people who call them.

    I’m sure we all remember this ABC 20 20 What Would You Do episode. Live long enough and you get the chance to see history repeat itself with amazing clarity.

    That mother with her child was offended by the mere sight of a black - in passing - and Her Highness immediately wanted him removed. I want folks to meditate on that, considering how often white Americans swear up and down to themselves that they're not part of the problem, they're doing absolutely nothing to contribute to the racial problems in this country, and don't see why they should have to be held responsible for anything.

    Correspondingly, John Howard Griffin recounts being told to move while sitting on a public bench:
    Griffin sits down on a park bench for a moment of rest. A white man tells him that he should move. Thinking that the man is intervening to keep him from getting into trouble, he thanks him. Later, he realizes that the bench was not off-limits to blacks, and that the man simply wanted him to leave.

    Now my white neighbor does the same thing. My black neighbor (two houses down) has taken out a restraining order against him. When the matter came to court our racist neighbor apparently had charges/complaints of his own, accusing our back neighbor of unspecified crimes & misdemeanors. As evidence he produced video Cd’s and ancillary recordings (footage from the numerous cameras/microphones attached to his windows and doors). Random footage of his black neighbors living while black. To which the judged cussed him (the racist) out and dismissed his foolish petitions. My neighbor has called the police on me on more than one occasion, so much in fact, they let out a heavy sigh when discussing him. The white people who live in my neck of the woods have 10 ft. tall privacy fences. Their homes look more like fortifications then residences. Whites who live in fear are dangerous politically and socially. Trigger-happy cops and right-winged politicians/evangelicals are prime examples.

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    1. To which the judged cussed him (the racist) out and dismissed his foolish petitions.

      Wait, wait, wait...what did the judge actually say???

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    2. "Wait, wait, wait...what did the judge actually say???"

      My neighbors (A dedicated father of three sons, his wife works as an RN) didn't go into specifics, but "Cussed Him Out" is the phrase they used to describe the event. Just that the judge was not pleased with the man's antics. Recognizing it for the racist behavior that it was. I kid you not.

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    3. Did anyone ever see the What Would You Do? that showed a white boy, a black boy, and a white girl all taking a bike that was left abandoned, but chained up in a park. People asked all three if it was their bike, and when the white boy truthfully answered "no" they shrugged and walked away, when the white girl said "no" plenty of white men stopped and HELPED her break the lock, and when the black boy said no, he got people threatening him, taking his picture, calling the cops, and one guy took the kid's backpack. You could see the venom seething out of the white people towards the black boy, but the white boy and girl faced no such ire when admittedly doing the same thing.
      This kind of hypocrisy in terms of the response to minor infractions is what millions of white people are unable to acknowledge. In their minds, they don't get murdered by cops b/c they know how to "behave" and they really don't see a problem with us being wiped off the face of the planet for ish they'd "HELP EACH OTHER GET AWAY WITH."
      Funny isn't it?

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  3. Speaking of ""White Civilian Culpability" in Black Assaults and Death:

    Racist attacker gets shot by “Legally Armed Black Man” in waffle house and doesn't get charged.

    Now that’s what a Unicorn looks like. The black man did everything right. The white man even tried invoking the “he reached for his gun” defense. Without that video it probably would have worked.

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  4. The cops need to start arresting and locking up these white people who make these false claims or the ones who provoke violence in blacks and other minorities then try to hide behind the police or "freedom of speech" (Pamela Geller anyone?) to rescue them. That'll teach them a lesson.

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    1. I know, right? Who called in the Tamir Rice case, for example? Why haven't they been trotted out and held responsible? And what about John Crawford? Darrien Hunt? Who called on Sureshbai Patel?

      Do people realize that if no one had called the cops, we wouldn't even know these names? They'd be living their lives right now, minding their own business.

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    2. The person who doxxed John Crawford should totally go to jail, and his family should be able to sue him on behalf of his now orphaned daughter.

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