Daniele Watts. I find a strange irony in the fact that your name actually means “Only God is my Judge”, and your last name “Watts” is symbolic of the civil unrest due to persistent mistreatment of Afro-Americans in the U.S.A. If you would allow me to entertain you, I would honestly suggest that your name translates to: “If you continue to misjudge me, civil unrest will ensue.” In the wake of things that are taking place in America concerning the institutional mistreatment and promotion of black social expendability, I think I can get with that.
In current events, Daniele Watts was harrassed by LAPD for, *ahem*, PD, or… public display of affection. The police officer states, in broad daylight that “there was a call” claiming that there was a white man kissing a black “prostitute”. Before we get into details, I have a couple of questions: How come the claim that “there was a call” infinitely sounds like bullshit? How come the police officer didn’t place the man — who they usually go after in these situations — in handcuffs? How come the police officer robotically continued to harass despite the fact that it’s clear she isn’t a prostitute, which is his original accusation? Are cops devoid of critical thinking skills? And most importantly, how come the cop automatically thinks “prostitute” in dealing with a black woman being affectionate?
“As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!” ~ Daniele Watts on being detained by LAPD
There’s a clear problem with American society, with how after even having a biracial President, people see blacks as being affectionate is thought to be based on a monetary transaction. I find issue with the fact that the cop stated “the race card” as if he’s totally oblivious to subconscious bias and implicit thought, mental priming and how stereotypes work. I bet you that he’s fully aware of how the stereotypical correlation of police and donuts work, and the fact that it exists in the minds of the American people. White people, racism denialists, conservatives and other willfully ignorant or noneducated persons need to recognize that that there’s no such thing as a “race card,” especially when branches of sociology and psychology EXPLICITLY COVER these things in detail. Interestingly, it was the cop who stated that someone called in a “black woman” as a prostitute BEFORE anything else.
If a race card existed, let’s get this one straight; it’s in the minds of those who live under white privilege. The “race card” isn’t something black people or nonwhite people pulls out like playing a game of Uno. The real race cards are actually “quick reference cards” people of white privilege own of blacks and other nonwhites. On one side it has a black face and on the other it has the stereotype(s) written on the back, no different than the make of a Michael Jordan rookie card. Some of these cards feature caricatures or racist cartoon depictions of blacks. Others include black-face depictions of nonwhites complete with racial appropriation. There are more than 52 cards in a deck, and like Pokémon cards, they can be traded to others, to include nonwhites if they are ignorant enough to believe the nonsense fed to them about themselves.
I highly suggest those who accuse black people and other nonwhites of pulling a “race card” begin checking their own deck first. Once you begin to remove your reference cards of nonwhite people, maybe, just maybe…. you don’t have to worry about nonwhites hurting your feelings in bringing up YOUR racial bias and bigotry. Daniele Watts, despite the fact that you may have prematurely implied racism in your situation, there may be unrest if the real issue isn’t solved.