>Because it’s so ingrained, people don’t even realize when they’re being racists.
An investigation is underway in Tempe, Ariz., after a police officer told two African American men they could avoid getting a ticket if they performed a rap for him.
The incident was played out on a reality show produced by the local police force. It was supposed to highlight the department’s philosophy of community policing, but has instead sparked controversy.
In the clip, an officer pulls over two African American men on charges of littering. He offers them a way out of the ticket, saying, “No littering ticket if the two of you just do a little rap.”
The men, neither of whom are actors, agree. One of them rhymes, “The dangers of littering you will get a ticket. If you ain’t with it, you better be experienced.”
Lovely. Wonder if the officer would have asked white guys to rap. Maybe he would have asked them to shoot up a high school, raid the pensions of thousands of hard-working employees, or start a fake war. Because, you know, white folks are so much better at that kind of stuff than we are.
Oops!!! Did I say that out loud? Am I a racist?
Where’s Kramer when you need him?