Black History Month 2014 || 21 Things black people can’t do without others thinking they’re up to no good

Hey Errbody!

Not much to say. Just check out the list. I added some details on some of the cases. I was going to do this for all of them but it was too long and seemed like a biblical jeremiad (maybe it is). I have more written on this but stick around. This came from the article on Alternet called: 21 Things You Can’t Do While Black  In the United States, sometimes your skin color is evidence enough against you.



1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.

On November 23, 2012 Michael Dunn pulled into a gas station in Jacksonville, parking next to a red Dodge Durango full of teenagers. The teens had pulled in for gum and cigarettes. Dunn didn’t like the loud music — “rap crap,” — coming from the teens’ SUV. So he asked them to turn it down. Dunn claimed Davis threatened him, and he decided to take matter into his own hands upon seeing what he thought was the barrel of a gun sticking out of the Durango. Prosecutors asserted that it was Dunn who lost control, firing three volleys of shots — 10 bullets total — at the SUV over music he didn’t like.

2. Walk home from a  snack run to 7-11.

On the evening of February 26, Trayvon Martin—an unarmed 17-year-old African American student—was confronted, shot, and killed near his home by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida. Since Martin’s death and the revelation of more details, the case has drawn national outcry and sparked hot debate over racial tensions, vigilantism, police practices, and gun laws.

3. Wear a  hoodie.

Gerald Rivera: “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as much as George Zimmerman was,” the Fox News host said Friday on Fox and Friends.

4. Drive after swimming.

A 64-year-old retiree was charged with a DUI after being pulled over by police officers in Surprise, Ariz. There was just one problem: A breathalyzer test revealed that the man was sober, with a blood-alcohol content of 0.000. Cops told him that they didn’t need a breathalyzer to give him a DUI. After extensive testing, the “DRE” declared Thornton to be sober, with no signs of the intoxication that would have led to a DUI arrest. Thornton now believes that the DUI charge was motivated by race. “I’ve been stopped 10 times in Surprise and given four tickets, it’s amazing,” said Thornton. “It was driving while black. I just don’t want any of this to happen to somebody else.”

5. Drive in a car with a white girl.

An Oklahoma teen’s parents are accusing police in Houston of racial profiling after the girl and her companions for a dance event were stopped by authorities and she was taken to child protective services. 13-year-old Landry Thompson from Tulsa, Okla., was in Houston to film a hip-hop dance video. Thompson is white and the two men are black. Destiny Thompson, Landry’s mother, received a call from authorities. “’Are you aware your daughter is with two black men?’ When I said ‘Yes, I’m aware of that,’ he called into questioning our parenting,” the mother told the news station.

6. Appear in public in New York City.

An officer in civilian clothes driving in an unmarked police vehicle, came across a black man in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island and decided to stop and frisk him. A search of the man revealed no contraband, but after he complained about his treatment and asked for the officer’s badge number, Officer Daragjati arrested him and charged him with resisting arrest, telling him that he did not like being treated with disrespect, prosecutors said. Officer Daragjati wrote in a police report that the man had flailed his arms, kicked his legs and pushed him during the arrest; as a result, the man was detained for about 36 hours, according to a criminal complaint. On the night of the arrest, the government intercepted phone calls and text messages indicating that Officer Daragjati had fabricated facts in the police report, the complaint said. The next day, the government intercepted and recorded a call between Officer Daragjati and a female friend in which the officer said he had “fried another nigger,” according to a transcript of the call.

7. Walk on the  wrong side of the street.

A black Jacksonville, Florida man is suing the local police department after he was reportedly punched in the face, Tasered, and arrested — all for “walking on the wrong side of the road.” Bobby Wingate was walking to an appointment along Oliver Street in the neighborhood of Arlington when a JSO Police Officer pulled up and asked him to stop. Wingate explained that he was running late, prompting the officer to cite him for “walking on the wrong side of the road.” Court papers show that the officer then punched Wingate in the face and “engaged his Taser.”

8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high

school basketball game.

A police officer arrested three teens last week as they were standing outside a store in downtown Rochester, New York. Their crime: Waiting for a school bus. The three boys are star athletes at Edison Tech high school, and were waiting to be taken to a basketball game when they were spotted by an officer. It seems the store adjacent to their pick-up spot was being monitored by police due to past complaints from the owner of teens loitering outside. The officer asked the teens to disperse, but they explained that they were waiting to be picked up by a bus. The officer again asked the teens to disperse. “We tried to tell them that we were waiting for the bus.We weren’t catching a city bus, we were catching a yellow bus. He didn’t care. He arrested us anyways.”

9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.

10. Seek help after a car accident.

11. Inspect your own property.

Rodney Bruce Black fatally shot his new neighbor and the man’s brother, apparently thinking that they were breaking into his house, when they were not even on his property.

12. Show up at your job.

Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years. He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times. Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana. Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing. Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens. But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.

13. Talk trash after an NFL game.

14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.

15. Buy designer accessories at Barney’s.

16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.

17. Be a 13-year-old boy.

18. Enter your own home.

19. Botch a science experiment.

20. Be a  tourist.

21. Lay face down in handcuffs.


  1. Can I add “ask the price of an ipad at the Apple store” and “accidentally set off the security alarm at Saks 5th Avenue with your cell phone”?

    My good friend in both cases. I was there for the Apple incident (and got a totally different reaction for the same question). The Saks incident, she was “detained” while two other customers (white) also set off the alarm and were told to go ahead “it might be your cell phone”. Corporate sent her a gift card for the “misunderstanding”.

    People never fail to amaze me, and not in a good way.


    • Hola NotAPunkRocker

      It’s nice to see you, I’d Give you a hug but my thanks to my nephew I’m covered in baby oil. Thankfully it’s not all people who are close-minded. I think as a society we’ve moved forward, but sometimes it’s so ridiculous or egregious … somethings I see or that other people experiences is a shame really. But I am optimistic tho. I think this article put into scope what’s at stake. I good be shot by an officer or incarcerated tomorrow for no reason at all and it could literally ruin my life and the lives of all those who depend on me and there would be no accountibility. That scares the shit around me, figuratively of course I love staying clean!


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