Forty million dollars was not enough, #NewYorkCity

Yesterday after my son’s performance at the neighborhood arts center, I decided to treat him to a Frosty. “I want a Frosty shake, Dad.” It was Friday so I said what the heck. We enter the restaurant and on a very rare occasion I felt unsafe. Why? Because there were five armed individuals in the store, each of them authorized by the state of Georgia to execute deadly force.

We call them Babylon Bandits. (Full attribution to Barrington Salmon for coining the phrase.) The rest of you call them … the police.

They sat there calmly engaging in cop chit chat and a few minutes later they left. My blood pressure started to go down as the distance between these paid hunters and my son and me increased as they entered their vehicles.

The reality behind raising a son is that as he gets older and taller he inches onto the profile and within the gun sights of these “Urban Cowboys.” As individuals some of these men and women may be cool, but I don’t want to get too close to them to find out.

As the recent settlement between the City of New York and five men wrongfully accused of raping a jogger in Central Park should remind us, unless we are old, gray, and in a wheelchair, we are target practice for a law enforcement and judicial system that still views us as chattel….

Forty million dollars was not enough …..

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Forty million dollars was not enough, #NewYorkCity

  1. kenski2013 says:

    It’s unfortunate that you feel that way, Alton, but in a way I can understand your concerns. Some years ago in a suburb of St. Louis at a place called Plaza Frontenac, a shopping mall for the very affluent, an African American man who was there with his wife was watched as he looked through the store windows and ultimately was hassled by the police. Interestingly enough, he was a judge!

    After the Travon Martin disaster and the “Stop (question?) and frisk” situation in NYC, I can see why people of color (I hope you are not offended by that phrase, because I mean no offense in using it) don’t trust the police! If I were in their shoes, I probably wouldn’t either, because there is a certain bias involved that is all too real and very apparent.

    As a father myself, I understand why you are concerned for your son’s safety.

    In my experience, the majority of African Americans are good people just trying to make a decent life for themselves and their families. There are a few that don’t play well with others, and as a result their actions are generalized unfairly to the entire African American community.

    That said, there are a few so-called “white people” who don’t play well with others either, yet “white people”, for the most part, are not stigmatized in the same way. My mother has a long passed relative named Al Capone (yes, the Al Capone), and he was no saint, to put it mildly. Even so, Americans of Italian descent are not stigmatized as being mobsters.

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