I hope this post reaches you in good spirits! The past few days have been a little tough for me in terms of getting back into the swing of my normal schedule in spite of that I am here with another blog post! So let’s get into another Let’s Talk About It Tuesday. Over the past few weeks, there have been white people calling the police on Black, Hispanic, Muslim, Middle-Eastern and marginalized people as a whole for living their lives and minding their own business. If you are not familiar with BBQ Becky, well, first of all, you’ve been living under a rock, nonetheless here’s some background. BBQ Becky (I do not know her real name nor do I care to know what it is) is a white woman who called on the police on Black people having a BBQ in a public park in Oakland, CA. Then when the police arrived on the scene she began to cry about being harassed by these black people that were minding their own business! This incident has ignited a frenzy of white people calling the police like it’s a customer service hotline. Since BBQ Becky there has been Permit Patty, Pool Patrol Paul, Coupon Carl, and too many more to name. Thankfully, social media has a lot of these people facing repercussions for their racist actions. For example, Permit Patty (again I do not care what her real name is) lost a lot of clients from her marijuana treats for dogs company from calling the police on a little girl selling water in front of her apartment. GREAT. Racist people do not deserve business. It’s great that people are facing consequences for their actions but let’s talk about the danger these people are bringing to minorities. However, this spark in white people calling the police is something that goes beyond catchy names. This is not a trend. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A TREND. White people KNOW that law enforcement has an inherent bias against marginalized communities so they use their privilege to scare people into submit to them. In another recent case, two white females were harassing a Hispanic family that lived across the street. One of the women specifically said, “I’m calling the police. Who do you think they’re going to believe?” She already knew that her whiteness could be used as a weapon to harm these innocent people because some police officers and agencies do not care about the minority. That is a fact that is constantly being proven through unjust acts! Thankfully, law enforcement has not harmed any of the people that have had the police called on them. On the other hand, I am extremely discouraged that I thought that law enforcement would take the white person’s word over the marginalized person. When I am watching these videos I truly believe that law enforcement will hurt these innocent people. White privilege has worked time and time again but the tide is changing. Marginalized people are beginning to stand up for themselves and one another. That’s solidarity folks! We will continue to record these racists, find their names (that I do not care about) report to their places of employment. We will cause major inconvenience to their lives the same way they intended to cause inconvenience, harm and damage to the lives of innocent people.
~Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes~