Skip to comments.Being Black in Public: When you’re black in America, you’re either seen as a problem [tr]
Posted on 04/19/2018 6:09:05 AM PDT by C19fan
Last Thursday, an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks called the police on two black men who were waiting for the arrival of a business partner without having ordered anything at the counter. When police arrived, the men were arrested for trespassing. A bystander caught the encounter on video, which showed the men resigned to their fate as other white patrons protested the arrest, and the incident went viral.
Starbucks is now in full-on damage-control mode, with plans to shut down its stores nationwide for an afternoon of employee unconscious bias training. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said that the officers acted according to protocol, but his department has launched an internal investigation.
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Tressie McMillan Cottom: I have post-traumatic stress disorder at this point with videos of white people doing horrible, routine racism. Like a lot of black people, I suspect, reading the latest on this primed all the emotions of my experiences of being profiled or othered in white spaces. And then you deal with the inevitable shock from white people, which in its way only reinforces how utterly hypervisible yet invisible we are. The constant shock to white sensibilities is part of the black trauma.
Playing my Planck length violin.
What the author is seeing is a learned, not innate, response to reality.
“waiting for the arrival of a business partner”
White spaces? What is a black space, pray tell?
And isn't the biggest part of profiling to fit the profile? Loud, showy, demonstrative, resentful. Are we noticing you because you're black or are we noticing you because you constantly attempt to draw attention?
OK black person, even if you're not a criminal, I'm going to suppose you're a criminal and act accordingly.
There is also the fact that a lot of the white patrons began protesting against the arrests. Why is nobody viewing that as a positive example of white actions? Why isn’t it being talked about at all?
Isn’t that what they want whites to do, vocalize and do something when obvious racism occurs? Or does it diminish their narrative and throw some reality on the whole thing?
When I was in my late teens, I was waiting in line to get on an Amtrak train. The police pulled me out of the line, broke open the lock on my trunk and searched it — pulling everything out and putting it on the ground in the middle of the station. Apparently they were told to be on the lookout for a teenage drug carrier and I guess I looked the part. They didn’t find anything, didn’t apologize and simply left met to put everything back together and rush to catch the train. What’s the point? Everyone has encounters where they are treated badly. A lot of people have dealings with the police where the police may not be as sensitive or polite as they could be. Most people just deal with it and move on with their lives.
Tell Tressie to get an old piece of brown cardboard and write something like “need money” on it, then go stand at a traffic intersection. That’ll make her feel better.
Playing my sub-Planck length violin, something so tiny not even Planck could describe it.
SB is a full far left outfit, supporting every lefty whacko idea and policy that comes up from the sewer.
My schadenfreude meter is pegged........................
The “fate”the men saw was millions of dollars, costing a woman her job, just by being cheap inconsiderate bastards. Imagine using a coffee house for a business meeting and you can’t buy a stinking cup of coffee.
The Starbucks incident was simply - two people decided to sit at a Starbucks without buying a single thing and not leaving when asked. It wasn't hard -- they could have bought a small coffee.
My two cents - quite often black people experience what you experienced, only they experience it over and over again. This time it was imagined, but quite often it is real.
The White people protesting this traveshamockery are stupid idiots and useful tools. In no way is that a “positive example”.
“The constant shock to white sensibilities is part of the black trauma.”
Doomed if we’re shocked, doomed if we’re not.
White people are so confused and don’t know how to act.
This is why that barista - Zack - looks catatonic.
“Hypervisible yet invisible...”
Makes perfect sense.
Go into a restaurant sit down at a table and then don’t order anything. They are probably going to ask you to leave. Why should Starbucks do things differently?
My apologies, I was talking about their view of the matter. Reading through their writings in liberal sources, they want whites to vocally stand up in these instances. In their publications this would be a “positive example”.
I thought this was what they wanted?
Imma have a conversatin witchew
Back in the eighties, my mother and I, looking for a place to eat, opened the door to a Pioneer Square diner. About five black guys looked up at us. The guy behind the counter said "we're closed". Pretty sure that was a black space.
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