If I may I would like to offer an observation. I had been reading for quite awhile about the TSA and the DHS as well as the police being militarized and the other agencies groping and stopping traffic and making unecessary searches of people. I recently read about some people who were detained at the airport and eventually released for basically no reason other than the TSA were taking advantage of their ability to do so without repercussions. I had read about the DHS having actually stopped traffic on the highway to check ID’s not for any particular reason other than national security.
I read more about police detaining someone in the jail for no reason other than walking too close to a door while waiting to visit someone in jail. That person was eventually released but no charges were made and life went on. I’ve read that the TSA has told passenger’s at airports and train stations “if you don’t like it then don’t fly, or take the train” meaning the searchs and the delays its caused for no particular reason.
I’ve read about people complaining about being denied their constitutional rights as Americans. There have been so many stories that are more of the same written today in the mainstream press of people becoming fed up with all this nonsense and its no wonder. It’s tough being white in America. All of these stories I’ve read were white people who’s rights have been violated and it was news worthy. It amazes me that it is a story worth telling let alone listening to.
People, people of color have been telling the same story since… you fill in the blank. Moreover, people have been saying “what have they got to complain about things aren’t as they were, they need to get over it”. Yet, people of noncolor are complaining more than ever and it is now news worthy. It isn’t anything that hasn’;t been going on, it isn’t something that we haven’t seen or felt or had to live with. Whats the big deal, people? I always get harassed walking down the street, because I just happen to look like this burglar that frequents all the same neighborhoods I do, just my luck. I amassed one hundred thousand dollars in traffic tickets, all for driving while suspended, and failure to appear. No speeding or illegal turn, and there was no bullshit when it came to going to court, there didn’t have to be any justifiable reason to be pulled over when i was driving, it was never a matter of that and I couldn’t get that in front of the judge if I lit myself on fire. I’m not looking for pity nor am I looking to get someone to understand what it is that being a person of color has to live with, that is something that you have to endure on a personal level otherwise all you can do is empathize and go home and close the door. I know I tried to do that but everytime I stepped out on to the otherside of that door, there was and is a good possibility may be the day that I go to jail. What for? I don’t know, maybe there will be a clue in why I was under 24 hour surveillance with a fucking lasor microphone pointed at my window for better than 9 months. If I didn’t do anything then what have I got to be worried about, right? my response to that is “fuck you”.
Its gotten uglier out there in certain respects these days, I suppose because people of color aren’t the only ones targeted and unfortunately others have to get a small taste and knowing what that is, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I wouldn’t expect anything to change between the races but maybe for some people they will take a good look at themselves and admit they misunderstood all along and can now sort of begin to understand what it is that people of color have been talking about and maybe they will do something about it, maybe we all will do something about it. What would we do? I don’t know I’m out of fresh ideas, any of you new comers got any ideas you want to share?