Black College Student Gets Racism Lesson from White Yale Cop: There is No Such thing as "Upper Class Black" in a White Over Black System
Powerless Class. According to Neely Fuller in a White Supremacy System the most accurate way to describe what "class" people are in is to describe their power relationship to each other. All white people who practice racism must be recognized as those in the powerful class. All non-white people, being subject to the powerful class are the powerless class. In their relationship with whites Blacks cannot be be "upper" or "middle" - but only under whites in this operating system of vast unequal power based on skin color. [MORE]
From [HERE] A white Yale University police officer raised his gun at an innocent black man Saturday night while searching for the suspect in a burglary case — and attracted the ire of New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, whose son happened to be the man in question. The officer approached him from behind ordered him to drop to his knees and to get on the ground. The Black 3rd year college student was unarmed. Then the cop let him go.
Yale University released a statement on the incident, saying that police had specifically been looking for a "tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat." The suspect was believed to be involved in a flurry of minor theft incidents of various items from students rooms. No incidents involved force (no robberies) or violence and no one had been injured. NO WEAPONS had been observed on the suspect. When the white cop approached the student he did not flee or resist, he complied with cop orders.
For what reason did the cop seize him, detain him and pull his on gun on him? For white folks, the 4th Amendment requires much more. But this shit happens everywhere, all day, everyday to Black and Brown men. In the context of White Supremacy there is no innocent Black male, just Black male criminals who have not yet been detected, apprehended or convicted. He is guilty by his mere existence. [MORE] As such to a white cop or a white journalist covering this story there is no need to justify the legality of the stop and seizure or the force used. All that mattered was skin color. That is the status quo of white supremacy.
Saturday evening, I got a call that no parent wants to get. It was my son calling from college — he’s a third-year student at Yale. He had been accosted by a campus police officer, at gunpoint!
This is how my son remembers it: