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Racial profiling: We’re used to being treated suspiciously
LA Youth ^ | May 30, 2012

Posted on 05/29/2012 7:07:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

These students from South L.A. say people often assume they're doing something wrong based on their race.

In April 2012, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was arrested in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, in Florida. Zimmerman saw Trayvon walking through his gated community, followed him and shot him. He claims it was in self-defense after Trayvon attacked him. In March, two Pasadena police officers shot and killed Kendrec McDade, an unarmed 19-year-old black college student. Police were responding to a 911 call in which the victim said he was robbed at gunpoint, but he lied about the suspects having a gun. After discussing these cases, we talked to a group of Jefferson High students from South L.A. about how they’re treated by authorities and if they feel they get profiled because of their race.

L.A. Youth writers share their experiences with profiling someone or having been profiled.

L.A. Youth Editor Mike Fricano: Have you been treated suspiciously?

Daisy Aguila, 16: My classmate went to Malibu to a restaurant with his parents. He’s Mexican and they eyed him from head to toe. He didn’t feel comfortable.

Jose Estrada, 16: I walked in the liquor store. I was looking around for chips and the guy, he was just like staring at wherever I was going. I guess he thought I was going to steal something. And I just got chips and he just kept looking at me ‘til I left.

Frannette Tolon, 18: One of the people in my [class said] she and her friends were walking down the street. It was late at night and they all got stopped because [the cops] thought they were selling drugs. They got frisked. They were basically stopped because they looked a certain way when they weren’t doing nothing, just enjoying the evening.

L.A. Youth Editor Amanda Riddle: How did you feel when you heard that story?

Frannette: It felt like it was something common, like what I deal with in my neighborhood. I live close to gangs and drug dealers, so they stop everyone, everyday, to see if they got drugs on them or a weapon or something.

Mike: Why do you think it’s important that people talk about this?

Cyril Diego, 17: Because stuff like this happens every day and it doesn’t get out on the news. So it’s something that needs to be let out to show everybody this is not just happening to you, it’s happening to everybody around you.

Mike: Has anyone ever talked to you about how you should behave if you run into the cops?

Frannette: My parents, they tell me if I see police, avoid them at all times. But if they do say “come here,” just be civilized. Don’t get aggressive or out of hand because then you will be in the back of a police car.

Jose: Be polite to them.

Cyril: They say respond respectfully. But if they jump out the car, tell you to put your hands behind your back, but I’m walking home and I have a backpack, and they feel that’s suspicious because they probably think I’m walking from my homie’s house or I probably have a gun in my backpack. So, how I respond to that is, “Why you gonna stop me? I’m coming from school.”

Mike: Has that happened to you?

Cyril: Yeah.

Mike: How many times?

Cyril: I don’t know. So much I can’t even count. It’s what happens every day so it’s basically something that’s a part of my life.

Mike: George Zimmerman said Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie and had something in his hands and it was dark so he thought that was somebody who might be dangerous. So how would you define suspicious?

Daisy: If you see a couple of guys in suits and then you see another couple guys in baggy clothes, who are you going to look at for trouble? We all know our neighborhood, we all know the gangs and it’s not the same thing. So you’ll probably think that the guys in suits are doing something. But if you have a white person come in here, in this neighborhood, of course they’re going to look at the guys with the baggy clothes, thinking that they look suspicious.

Mike: Can girls be suspicious?

Frannette: Yeah. They look innocent sometimes but they do stuff too.

Jocelyne: Sometimes, even if you’re not dressed appropriately or inappropriately, you can still be suspicious. Just going really close to a person, they might think, “Oh, they’re trying to do something bad to me.”

Mike: How would you describe a suspicious walk?

Cyril: Walking fast, looking around every minute to see who’s around you or who’s behind you and who’s watching.

Amanda: Zimmerman claims that he saw Trayvon walking and looking around.

Frannette: Well he was probably nervous; it was late at night. Everybody gets nervous walking home because anybody could come up behind you and shoot you like he did. Somebody could stab you or rob you. Of course you’re gonna look around and see who’s coming behind you.

Mike: In the liquor store example, you were there to buy chips but how might the owner define a suspicious person?

Jose: He probably had other experiences; people actually stealing something. That’s what he probably thought I was doing.

Mike: Why do you think he may have thought you were more likely to be someone who would steal? Do you think it had to do with the fact that you’re a teenager?

Jose: Yeah, a little.

Mike: And maybe because you’re a boy. Like if you were an 80-year-old woman, do you think he would have given you that look?

Jose: No, I doubt it.

Mike: How do you think the cops see you versus how you see yourself?

Frannette: They’re probably like, “OK, that’s a black girl. I’m gonna have to go stop her. She’s in a gang-affiliated neighborhood so she’s probably gang affiliated.” I do live in a gang-affiliated [neighborhood] but it don’t mean I’m part of a gang. They shouldn’t judge everybody by how they look because half the time they’re wrong.

Jocelyne: I guess when they see me, as a teenager, the first thing they probably think is, “She’s probably a troublemaker. She probably has a lot of tickets, a bad record, that she’s not gonna do nothing good with her life.”

Mike: Is it just because of your age?

Jocelyne: No, it’s because of the neighborhood. The neighborhood has a reputation and they think everybody’s going to live up to it. Like everybody’s going to be a gangbanger and they are always gonna do drugs. A lot of people want to do other things with their life.

Mike: Given that this country is founded on a presumption of innocence, it’s discouraging to hear that you feel like when the cops pass by you, they’re presuming you are guilty of something.

Daisy: But not everybody’s innocent though.

Jose: I think that police should stop having assumptions. Stop assuming that just because you’re walking at a time of the night or walking a certain way or looking at something different, they should stop you. Because you’re regular people just like they are.

TOPICS: Conspiracy; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerma; georgezimmerman; profiling; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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1 posted on 05/29/2012 7:08:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it walks like a duck, dresses like a duck and lives in a ducks neighborhood ... what are people to think?

2 posted on 05/29/2012 7:20:41 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: doc1019

Get the TSA on this one. They’ll come through.

3 posted on 05/29/2012 7:24:21 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s okay.

White people are getting used to being called racists.

4 posted on 05/29/2012 7:38:45 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Being male is to be profiled, and none of us or females, complain.

5 posted on 05/29/2012 7:42:09 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They perpetuate their own stereotypes by their own actions. Whaddaya expect?

6 posted on 05/29/2012 7:46:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s see maybe you are correct and the majority misjudge you, when you are 12% of the population and commit 75% of the crimes is no reason to jump to conclusions I guess.

7 posted on 05/29/2012 7:50:53 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I notice they didn't discuss “Snitches Get Stitches”.
8 posted on 05/29/2012 7:54:21 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BS. My wife is Mexican and I’ve never seen her treated any differently than anyone else. Victimhood is the holy grail of liberalism.

9 posted on 05/29/2012 7:57:55 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Still trying to pimp the media’s version of “Zimmerman saw Trayvon walking through his gated community, followed him and shot him.” story line.

If these LA yutes intend to be so ill informed, nothing can help them.

10 posted on 05/29/2012 8:00:54 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: svcw

Blacks face the worst kind of racism, it is call empirical racism. Good example of it was in Philadelphia. A local black activist reporter decided to cover a story about Philadelphia cab drivers refusing to pick up young black men. He arrived at a local gathering place for cab drivers before they drive out and spotted a white cab driver. Immediately he interviewed him and got him to admit he does not pick up black men in certain areas. The black reporter immediately berated the white driver for profiling and racism before another cab driver told him to shut up. Turning around he was surprised the cab driver who told him to be quiet was a black driver and behind him was a group of black cab drivers. The black cab driver was from Jamaica and he also was a leader for the drivers. He immediately educated the reporter on the stats his drivers faced and how many of them have been shot, robbed or stiffed by mainly young black men who wave for a cab. He explained that it was not racism but street experience that all his cab drivers (many of them black) refuse to pick up young black men dressed in a certain way from certain areas of town. Piping in was black limo drivers who explain to the reporter that they face the same problem when called to provide services in black areas and how many of them have been ambushed or worst killed. Racism based on experience is worst then racism based on ignorance because ignorance can be erased by education, but how do you tell someone to ignore real life and death experience and risk everything by being PC?

11 posted on 05/29/2012 8:24:14 PM PDT by Fee
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To: Fee

wow, Thanks for sharing that story. It just makes me sad.

12 posted on 05/29/2012 8:46:30 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People that racial profile live longer.

13 posted on 05/29/2012 8:50:23 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: MNDude

Thank you for your insight. My sonIL is of Mexican decent. He seriously sees discrimination everywhere. We will come home from somewhere and he will say “did you notice that?” I really think it is his attitude. And we are thinking “WTH are you talking about?” His mother did her job well.
Your statement “Victimhood is the holy grail of liberalism.” is brilliant.

14 posted on 05/29/2012 8:50:41 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If white people were between 6.5 and 7.2x more likely to commit murder than blacks, I think white people would be obligated to examine and mitigate their predisposition to violence.

15 posted on 05/29/2012 9:09:09 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's bad enough that the kid was killed but let's look at some facts. He wasn't gunned down on the way to class.

Kendrec McDade case: Man considered victim, turned suspect in shooting

A 911 caller (Carrillo) told police that he'd been robbed at gunpoint: "a videotape shot near a taco truck where the alleged theft occurred shows a 17-year-old reaching into Carrillo’s car and allegedly grabbing both a backpack and a laptop computer. McDade acted as a 'lookout' during the alleged burglary, [the police] said."

It's no excuse for the police to shoot the kid but they were told he had a gun and his reaction made the policemen think that we was going for his gun as they closed in on him.

Now Carrillo is being charged.

16 posted on 05/29/2012 10:01:43 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks Vet, for continuing to diligently post the Trayvon-Zimmerman news stories. :-)

Chris Rock: How not to get your @ss Kicked by the Police:


17 posted on 05/30/2012 9:27:26 AM PDT by Aunt Polgara
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I rachel profile all the time. Everytime I see a butch women I think of racheal Madcow.
Hey is anyone aware that Madcow wrote a book?
Probably not you homophobes.
But I digress.

18 posted on 05/30/2012 9:33:34 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You “good” black and hispanic kids can blame the caution with which whitey regards you on the behavior of others who look like you but don’t care to act civilized.

19 posted on 05/30/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

funny how I don’t hear blacks and hispanics complaining they are being “racially profiled” when college admissions add points to their SATS and GPAS because of their race.

And I don’t see blacks and hispanics complaining they are being racially profiled when they are given preferential treatment with government contracts and government hiring.

Looks like some want to have their cake and eat it too.

20 posted on 05/30/2012 4:12:25 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (whites are 8 times more likely to be victimized by black criminals than blacks by white criminals)
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