Okay. I know that people HATE him and think he’s a liar, blah blah blah. but I KNOW that the things he’s speaking about are true in this particular case. (I lived in NYC during the Amadou Diallo/Abner Louima era)
[never mind that both Diallo and Louima were not only petite (I don’t think either was taller than 5’7″), but also immigrants. The adage, “pick on someone your own size” comes to mind, and it seems to me that you never hear about the police in NYC going after a 6’4″ black man. Which to me is a definite evidence of the subconscious underpinnings of these shootings. not to mention a definite “S.A.Y.P.” moment.]
I found this video almost funny . . . that is, until the part at the end where Moore suggests that all black folks in NYC walk around with their hands up in the air at all times . . . that part made me really sad, remembering one young woman who had such a huge impact on me when I was working at the Gap . . . she came into our store with her cash in her hand, and spent her whole time shopping there with her hand raised high, showing us that she really did have the money to shop there, that she wasn’t there to steal.
It was the saddest thing I have ever seen. I wanted to tell her, “you don’t have to do that . . . we look at suspicious behavior, not at how you dress or the color of your skin” . . . but I knew that I couldn’t tell her that she didn’t have to do what she was doing, because despite all of our training to the contrary, I couldn’t give her any guarantees that she would not be pre-judged in this way.
and that really sucks.