Oh no! Another poor, oppressed Black was harassed by the police for “Walking While Black” … or not. Closer to the truth would be to say that ANS sufferer was busted by the American people for “Lying While Black.”
Dorothy Bland, a Black, wrote a horrific oped for the Dallas Morning News detailing how police in Corinth, TX accosted her for “Walking While Black.”
In it, Bland, who was a “journalist” and is now the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and the director for the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism of North Texas, detailed her fears and White Supremacist oppression of the Corinth PD, hitting all the needful buzzwords to set off her bruthas and sistas, and the Liberals and Progressives who enable them.
Flashing lights and sirens from a police vehicle interrupted a routine Saturday morning walk in my golf-course community in Corinth.
I often walk about 3 miles near daybreak as part of my daily exercise. However, on Oct. 24, I delayed my walk until late morning as I waited for the rain to stop. I was dressed in a gray hooded “Boston” sweatshirt, black leggings, white socks, plus black-and-white Nike running shoes. Like most African-Americans, I am familiar with the phrase “driving while black,” but was I really being stopped for walking on the street in my own neighborhood?
Yes. In the words of Sal Ruibal, “Walking while black is a crime in many jurisdictions. May God have mercy on our nation.”
I remember saying something like, “Around the corner. This is my neighborhood, and I’m a taxpayer who pays a lot of taxes.” As for the I.D. question, how many Americans typically carry I.D. with them on their morning walk? Do you realize I bought the hoodie I was wearing after completing the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education in 2014? Do you realize I have hosted gatherings for family, friends, faculty, staff and students in my home? Not once was a police officer called. To those officers, my education or property-owner status didn’t matter. One officer captured my address and date of birth.
I guess I was simply a brown face in an affluent neighborhood. I told the police I didn’t like to walk in the rain, and one of them told me, “My dog doesn’t like to walk in the rain.” Ouch!
I didn’t have my I.D., but I did have my iPhone, so I took a picture of the two police officers and the Texas license plate. One of the officers told me I should walk on the sidewalk or the other side of the street for safety’s sake.
Although I am not related to Sandra Bland, I thought about her, Freddie Gray and the dozens of others who have died while in police custody. For safety’s sake, I posted the photo of the officers on Facebook, and within hours, more than 100 Facebook friends spread the news from New York to California.
“You are now in the company of Henry Louis Gates and others with the same experience,” wrote one of my former students from Florida. “We must stop racial profiling.”
For anyone who doesn’t think racial profiling happens, I can assure you it does happen. For a sanity check, I stopped by the mayor’s house and asked him, “Do I look like a criminal?” Mayor Bill Heidemann said no and shook his head in disbelief. I appreciate the mayor being a good neighbor, but why should he need to verify that I am not a menace to society?
I refuse to let this incident ruin my life. As I was finishing my walk and listening to Urban Praise radio, I encountered an elderly white woman who asked if I would like some roses. She gave me a half-dozen roses. It was a random act of kindness and that’s why I call Janet Herbison of Gemini Peach and Rose Farm in Denton a good Samaritan. That evening I had dinner with neighbors.
The more often we talk and get to know people as humans, the stronger we will become as a nation. We are all part of the human race.
I’ve got to admit that Bland is very well-spoken and that her propaganda writing skills are, at the very least, on par with what is now expected of the Lamestream Media. Shit all the right nerves in her target demographic.
- Flashing lights and sirens – Right from the start she sets the tone as a violent and authoritarian police interaction.
- In her hood in her hoodie – Bland aptly told how she was in her own neighborhood and made sure that readers knew that she was in the Black iconic hoodie, subtly evoking Travon Martin as a setup for later invoking his name.
- She’s no thug, She’s Important – She made it clear to everyone that she’s a success person of substance. This perfectly emoted the long-standing Black dogma that states that, no matter how well a Black acts or does, they’ll always just be another nigger to Whites, especially police officers.
- She dropped the right names – Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Henry Gates, and even a shout out to Sal Ruibal, to whom she attributed the “Walking while black is a crime in many jurisdictions” quotation.
- She’s a good Christian and will overcome – Bland made sure to let her target audience know that she was a good Christian woman – of the Trinity UCC variety – and that her faith would see her through this oppression at the hands of “Whitey.”
- She included a “Good” White woman – By including a kind White woman in her narrative she showed that she, herself, wasn’t hateful or racist and subtly reinforced the Black doctrine that defines the “good White” as one who freely gives Blacks something.
Truly, Bland did a very credible job with her op-ed, as one would expect. It was a well-crafted, text book example of a piece of effective propaganda. It was, however, a completely false narrative – not in any way a detriment to its propaganda value – and completely stupid due to its ease and quickness of refutation – a fatal detriment to its propaganda value.
Here’s what really happened on the morning of October 24, 2015 in Corinth, Tx.
It seems that Bland eschewed the available sidewalk in preference for walking in the street with, not against, the flow of traffic. While doing so she was apparently completely unaware that she had walked in front of a pickup truck, the driver of which had to come to an almost complete stop to avoid running her down.
As for “racial profiling” – given the police’s dashboard video, it looks unlikely that they could even discern her race at all when they initiated the stop. As for Bland’s lashing lights and sirens – they seem, once again from the video, to be nowhere in evidence…except for possibly in Bland’s mind. It’s a shame that anything can be said by the forces and it just sticks, ” yeah she was wearing teeth grills and it frightened me, so i acted.”… I mean how ridiculous!
Frankly, the entire encounter as seen from the police officers’ dash cam is totally at odds from the racial fable that Bland spun for her readers. The officers were respectful bordering upon friendly, were plainly more concerned with Bland’s safety than anything else, and never once even hinted at arresting her. Indeed, Bland’s own part in things was similarly respectful bordering upon friendly, which is utterly different than the put upon, angry, and combative Social Justice Warrior that she portrayed herself as in her recent op-ed.
And yet this is all to be expected. The truth comes in a distant second to both Blacktivists and race-mongering grifters. It also doesn’t often make the cut to most of what passes for journalist in these times.
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