”They’re just stopping you just to give you a hard time. And if you give them an answer that they don’t like or they feel like you’re giving them attitude, that’s when things get even worse for you.”
Shimar Stephens, 18, has been carded by Toronto Police Services over 15 times in the last two years. In part one of our series on police injustice towards marginalized groups, News Now’s Ayushi Sharman talks to Stephens about his experiences with Toronto Police and the targeting of black and racialized youth. Listen to Stephens speak on dealing with police through community organizing and how youth can speak up for themselves and speak educatedly.
Proving that some people aren’t interested in having a much-needed conversation on race, within the media, said much-needed conversation has turned into a conversation on black-on-black crime. If I didn’t know any better it would be easy for me to conclude that racism only exists in America because black people are killing each other. Yes, don’t worry about racism because black crime is a larger issue.
Is that not the way with black pathology?
Less than a month after being acquitted of second-degree murder charges related to his killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was reportedly caught speeding Wednesday, with a gun in the glove compartment of his vehicle. The incident took place in the town of Forney, Tex., TMZ reports.
Zimmerman, who informed police that the weapon was in the car shortly after being pulled over, was asked where he was going, to which he responded, “nowhere in particular,” according to the site.
Day after day our news bombards us with instances of crimes that receive local and national attention. Because white people in America are the dominating race rarely is the word white or European made in reference to a Caucasian that is the subject of a story. The anonymity of being the default keeps the fact that the phenomenon of white people committing crime as little more than a perchance event. Little stigma about their community as a whole is based on their individual actions. White people are given the benefit of the doubt that they are of good character and their integrity is above reproach unless or until proven otherwise. For many white people, even when they are proven to be of less than honorable character, people are still reluctant to perceive the criminal as a criminal. However, when the subject of the story is African, Hispanic, or some other ethnicity, the leap to the status of criminal is one very quick, short hop.