A video that was brought to the attention of the Free Thought Project this week shows a situation that is all too familiar among interactions with law enforcement today — racial profiling.
As the video begins, a group of teens, many of them with skateboards, are crossing a street in a manner not fit for the police state; also known as jaywalking.
As police arrive to restore order, they immediately target the lone black guy. In spite of dozens of other people jaywalking, the one person who happened to have darker skin became the scapegoat of the police.
The singling out of the black teen, who’d done nothing different than the other teens is infuriating, yet all too common. Even as the officers were attempting to write a citation, dozens more teens did the exact same thing that this young black man had done, but none of them were stopped.
Although this incident began as a display of alleged racism among law enforcement, it quickly took a turn for the awesome, when the young black man’s friends stepped up to protect him.
Smashing the racist paradigm, dozens of white teenagers banded together to stand up against this ridiculous injustice. Calling it as they saw it, the teens quickly began to let the officers know that their actions were indeed “racist.”
In just a few moments, what started as a racial injustice had transformed into a successful show of unity regardless of skin color. As soon as it started, the ticket was cancelled, and the teens were allowed to go about their way.
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