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Not All Black People Fear The Police

This is complicated and no group ethnic or otherwise should be painted as a monolithic block. There are legitimate reasons for some black people to fear some police. There are also legitimate reasons for some to NOT fear police.

To attempt to drive a single sided narrative as Christina Coleman does in her GlobalGrind article -worth reading for full perspective- about Rachel Jeantel is in part dishonest. She's correct about some perspectives being "worlds apart" but to ignore the responsibility to look beyond your "world" as a black person is incorrect. Her assumptions are biased in that they arrive at defined conclusions when she doesn't or may never have all the facts.

"But maybe the reason white people don't understand Rachel Jeantel has something  more to do with white privilege then, what they would call, Rachel's capricious  nature."

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"Don West doesn't understand why Rachel didn't call the police when she heard a  struggle. Rachel, who is a black woman, doesn't call the police. Why? Black  people and police officers don't mix."

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"And as Rachel Jeantel sits on the stand, nervous, mumbling and annoyed, it's not that she's just a "hoodrat with no media training from a hostile environment.""

Bottom line, it is time to stop being victims even if there are times when you are being victimized. It is not easy, but will serve any group better in the long run.


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