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*What’s the difference between a responsible black man and a nigga?
It’s simple: the latter talks smack to police instead of showing proper respect for authority.
As recent events have shown, when a black man behaves like a nigga in the presence of law enforcement, he often pays a stiff penalty.
A “nigga” conducts himself with the reckless abandon of someone with nothing to lose, making him an ideal source of prey for trigger-happy police.
A “nigga” isn’t guided by principles or purpose; he, instead, finds enjoyment in creating mischief and perpetuating common black stereotypes.
It seems America has a nigga infestation problem. These parasites claw at the underbelly of progress and create chaos in their neighborhoods. Others suffer from a mind-boggling lack of common sense and judiciousness.
Walter Scott is one of these people. Earlier this month, he foolishly tried to outrun a police officer’s bullet in North Charleston, S.C..
(Scott apparently hadn’t seen Ricky’s demise in “Boyz N The Hood.” Otherwise, he would’ve known better than to run.)
Contrary to popular opinion, Scott deserves partial blame for his misfortune.
His first mistake was driving without a license or proof of insurance.
His second mistake was falling behind on child support payments, causing a warrant to be issued in his name.
His third mistake was reaching for the officer’s stun gun.
Scott’s fourth—and most foolish—mistake was his attempt to escape arrest. This knee-jerk decision reminds me of singer Tyrese’s new single, “Dumb Shit.”
At 50 years of age, Scott clearly suffered a mental lapse when he decided to flee from police custody. In other words, he was on some “dumb shit.”
Besides, he was too fat and too slow: this essentially erased any possibly that he would escape the police in broad daylight (nigga please.)
Scott’s bewildering actions that day further legitimizes the stance that black men lack respect for law enforcement.
As recent history has shown, when minorities choose to buck the system, it often results in chalk lines and yellow tape.
However, critics might be jumping the gun when they accuse police of committing genocide against African Americans.
According to recent census data, millions of black men live freely in this country; the alleged mistreatment of a scattered few shouldn’t be an indictment on police conduct.
Granted, these days, it seems as if cops are competing in a never-ending game of pin the bullet on the unarmed Negro.
Making matters worse, every month or so, like clockwork, the media sinks its talons into a new racial profiling scandal.
During these instances, viewers are hit with a bombardment of news coverage slanted in favor of the alleged victims.
Contrastingly, the CNN’s and ABC’s of the world share in heaping blame on the shoulders of police in an effort to appease public opinion (and boost ratings.)
With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that even before gathering the facts, minorities tend to cry wolf whenever a routine traffic stop escalates into more.
The granddaddy of these incidents occurred more than 20 years ago.
Long before there was a Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, or Walter Scott, the attention and intrigue of every Los Angeles newspaper belonged to Rodney King.
In 1991, a man and his wife watched from the window of their apartment and recorded perhaps the most gruesome example of police brutality in American history.
In the recording, a cluster of baton-wielding highway patrol officers take swipes at King as if he’s a human piñata.
He urges them to stop, but the sound of his voice fades beneath the howling of police sirens and floating helicopters. For several minutes, the rakish crew pummels their target into a bloody mess of a man.
Images of King on that night reveal numerous bruises and lacerations across his face and body. As one doctor described, King looked as if he had been trampled by an industrial tank.
When footage of Kings’ drubbing reached the masses—a process that occurred expediently even before the internet was born—it prompted an international discussion about the manner in which police interact with minorities, particularly black men.
In response to mounting pressure and criticism, King’s assailants were slapped with criminal charges and subsequently reprimanded.
Oddly enough, King was given a public reprieve for his insubordination during the incident (a breathalyzer test later determined he was under the influence.)
According to a police report, King was pulled over for reckless driving. He was also ordered to exit his vehicle.
Rather than complying with the officer’s subsequent demands, King acted on a bright idea to show off his dance moves (really, Negro?)
When he was finally wrestled to the ground—a tell tale sign of resisting arrest—King one-upped himself and performed a round of push-ups.
Although he did not deserve to be brutality beaten as he was, his bizarre demeanor that evening escalated the circumstances to historic proportion. In short, King almost paid the ultimate price for behaving like a dimwitted nigga.
Now that many cops are under instruction to wear body cameras while on patrol, critics won’t have to speculate when controversy arises (contrastingly, recent reports have surfaced regarding pending legislation in opposition to body cameras.)
Moreover, in previous years, these incidents would often be swept under the rug, fabricated or sensationalized; now they’re being captured and made public by witnesses equipped with camera phones and other handheld devices.
Civilian oversight of police conduct has ushered in an era of transparency never before seen.
In addition, as the media continues to sway public opinion by televising footage of police accosting minorities, a looming paranoia challenges the notion that relations will improve.
On the converse side, plenty of cops uphold the law and serve the interests and welfare of the public. The mood changes only when police aren’t shown the respect they desire.
In these precarious situations, even the most affable cop will sharpen his or her aggression in order to restore law and order.
Minorities need to understand that police are human beings; they aren’t robots programmed to turn the other cheek.
Rather than holding these men and women to unrealistic moral standards, critics should look beyond the badge and uniform.
When provoked, police feel anger and irritation like anyone else; the difference is when they lose their cool, they’re able to commit murder, wash the blood from their hands, and go on patrol the next day.
During encounters with law enforcement, a black man’s vocabulary should consist of only these words: “yes sir” and “no sir.” As we’ve witnessed, the alternative brings devastation to families and division within communities.
Based in Southern California, Cory A. Haywood is also a certified personal fitness trainer. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his websites: www.coryhaywood.webs.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com