Fake news amid real racism

South Florida Times - - OPINION -

his pock­ets. He said it is de­hu­man­iz­ing.

Kim­berly Houzah, a trav­el­ing nurse, made a You Tube video when she was kicked out of Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret in Quin­tard Mall in Ox­ford, Ala. be­cause an­other black woman (that she didn’t even know) was caught steal­ing. It was so de­hu­man­iz­ing that Houzah cried all the way to her car and made a vow that she would NEVER step back into Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret.

I had an in­ci­dent in Huntsville, Ala. when I took my dance stu­dents to the mall af­ter class. Some­one fol­lowed us around a store in such a man­ner that I com­plained to the man­ager.

Even Oprah tells of an in­ci­dent in Switzer­land where the clerk re­fused to show her a hand­bag and told Oprah she couldn’t af­ford it. OPRAH? LOL!

We all re­mem­ber the re­cent in­ci­dent at Star­bucks where the po­lice ar­rested two black men who were wait­ing for a third as­so­ciate for a busi­ness meet­ing. Also po­lice ejected two black men from an LA Fit­ness gym in New Jersey.

Ac­cord­ing to CNN an el­derly white woman called po­lice on three black women, one of whom was Bob Mar­ley’s grand­daugh­ter be­cause she thought they were steal­ing stuff from the Airbnb they were check­ing out of in Rialto, Cal­i­for­nia.

Then a white woman, Dr. Jen­nifer Schulte, a Stan­ford grad­u­ate work­ing for an en­vi­ron­men­tal firm, be­came an in­fa­mous meme, “BBQ Becky,” when she called cops on a black men for en­joy­ing a bar­be­cue in a park in Oak­land.

Fi­nally CNN re­ported how po­lice stopped a black man and vi­o­lently cuffed him be­cause they saw some “veg­e­ta­tion” in the car win­dow. Rudy Sa­muel video­taped the in­ci­dent and posted it on so­cial me­dia. Sa­muel told the po­lice the “veg­e­ta­tion” was from a tree and for them to test it right there. “VEG­E­TA­TION,” PEO­PLE!

Now these are real cases of racial pro­fil­ing and racism. But the coun­try is so ob­sessed with Trump (#45, as they call him) that they to­tally ig­nore the nu­mer­ous cases of real racism.

Roseanne would never have been fired if she were a Lib­eral. What she said was crass, but I’ve heard other celebri­ties use much more vile lan­guage about peo­ple, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent, but still have their jobs. That is dis­crim­i­na­tion.

It be­hooves us to pay at­ten­tion to real racism and stomp it out where it stands; and stop tar­get­ing peo­ple be­cause we don’t like their pol­i­tics.

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