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Will America Ever Bridge The Racial Divide?

Joe64 Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 4:01 PM
Kirkie, I have been handcuffed an thrown on the hood of a car because I was profiled as a "Biker". I am a large framed 48 year old white guy with a beard and was riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle at the local Fair. The cops claimed I was in a biker gang and wanted to harass me. I am a Vice President of the company I work for, the President of my neighborhood home owners association, and at one time a deacon at the church I attended and have no affiliations to any "Biker Gang". Cops do what they do to whom ever they want to. It may be true that they profile black people more than others, but it occurs to me that black people seem to push the edge more than white people. I mean no disrespect by that, just stating an observation.
GaryL1 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 12:01 AM
I am afraid that due process has been tossed out of the top floor window. I'm white (northern Europe white), 58 years old, I have been stopped because of what I drive, and how I was dressed. I was stopped by the Border Patrol 5 years ago because I was driving an '86 Towncar with tinted windows. The agent accused me of stopping under a bridge on the freeway (a lie) and having photographic proof. I filed a complaint, but I don't know if anything was done about it. Another time, I was driving an '84 Citation, and I was dressed in work clothes. I was stopped and questioned for a long time with the sheriff looking through the car. He thought I was some sort of smuggler rather than a high school math teacher.
Kirkie17 Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 5:20 PM
I understand what you are saying, and no I did not take offense to the last thing you said. Profiling is probably one of the most disheartening things to happen, although in some instances it may very well be necessary. However, it does not ease the frustration when I see it applied so vastly to one group of people. I'm a 28 year old, 6'3", athletic build, black man; so if I am not dressed up, I am feared. Even though I am probably one of the most gentle people you will meet. I feel angry, humiliated, and betrayed by our system, whenever I am stopped doing simple things; like going to the supermarket in sweats and sneakers. Maybe there is no remedy to this, but it does not make me feel any easier. I'm sorry you experienced being handcuffed.

In wake of the recent tragedy involving the death of Trayvon Martin in FL, America has once again been thrust into the race debate. Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was labeled a “white Hispanic” by some mainstream media outlets, and thus began a flurry of relentless racial attacks. Since there has been no conclusive evidence to this point that shows that Zimmerman had a racial motive, it would be appropriate and wise to put the racial rhetoric on hold and let the justice system do its work. I do not criticize or ridicule those who have been...