A while ago, me and my buddy Gos were on 34th Street in Manhattan across from the Foot Locker that’s between 6th and 7th Aves when we saw this white maniac get chased into the street by the entire Foot Locker staff.
This fool had been on a rampage inside the store and finally, after much battling, they’d successfully gotten him out.
Even though there were about 15 of them, they were barely holding this nut at bay as he was insistent on returning to his rampage which had including tearing apart the store.
Finally, one young Black dude gets him subdued and holds him for the cops.
“Watch this”, I said to Gos, who’s a light-skinned Puerto Rican.
Sure enough, the cops hemmed up the young Black dude over the protests of all the guy’s coworkers and allowing the white maniac to return to his rampage.
There was a pause, then some deliberation, then after ordering the young Black dude face down on the concrete and allowing him up, the cops forced the young Black dude to lift up his shirt (to prove, I’m guessing, that he was, in fact, unarmed), before eventually getting around to realizing that the white man who was, by that point, just randomly yanking shit off the racks inside the Foot Locker, indeed might have been the problem.
Shit, the whole history of Black interactions with police has been them treating us like criminals first then trying to ascertain the facts later if at all.
The other day when 21 year-old rapper Moise Morancy physically stopped a white sexual predator from assaulting a 15 year-old white girl on a city bus, he could have benefited for this little bit of foreknowledge.
Because he seemed to be both surprised and offended when the cops cuffed his ass.
And no, I’m not gonna go all Don Imus-defender and turn this into a “Sure, Black male rappers actually save white girls but when they rap about Black women, they put them down” bullshit rant because I can’t stand when clowns use every example of the Black community being bashed to turn and bash the Black community, but what I will stop to wonder is this: since we know that when encountering Black people, the cops naturally assume guilt until innocence can be proven, what happens during all the times when innocence can’t be proven?
Being home alone is never an alibi because it can’t be corroborated.
And we’ve seen cases like the Central Park Five and I’m not just taking about coerced confessions, but also situations that will eventually lead to cases being rushed through trials and simply because the accused looked the part, meaning; he or she was Black, do you think judges and juries will or have in the past, in haste to put the whole thing behind them, rushed a conviction then went running to their beds to sleep like babies having convinced themselves that justice was served?
I mean, I’ve actually heard it argued in relation to the Central Park Five that it didn’t matter whether they did or didn’t rape that jogger because they would have done something else.
Most telling in that suggestion of course is that while the “something else” that those five kids would have done is, by implication at least, criminal, one gets the feeling that for the Central Park Five or for any of the other roughly 800,000 Black people currently in prison, crime isn’t necessarily the determining factor.