when you grow up black, especially with a huge afro, especially in an all white neighborhood, you learn a few things
mostly from your relatives who grew up in the south.
keep your hands out of your pockets in stores
dont browse for too long
dont put anything in your pockets
always get a receipt
dont put anything in your bags
when walking in the streets walk in the streets
and when dealing with the cops
do everything they say right away
because for some reason blacks end up in jails
we saw rodney king beat by a group of cops in the streets
the first viral video
we saw the cops face trial and all get off.
they got off on rodney king then they got off on rodney king.
people sure love to talk about how OJ got off but when was the last time you heard about all those cops getting off on rodney king.
thousands of people rioted over six straight days in LA after those cops were acquitted by that jury in simi valley
thousands of people were arrested.
after the federal case only two of the four cops were sent to prison
despite serving up 56 baton blows in the 81 seconds of video and nearly killing mr king.
so the sad thing is many blacks had no faith that local courts would find cops guilty enough in these recent officer-involved deaths to make them stand trial
and i for sure didnt expect any of them, if they did go to court, to serve any jail time.
because rodney king.