In the last few weeks, we have heard numerous stories about white people calling the cops on POC for no good reason at all. Sometimes it has been dressed up as an accusation of e.g. shoplifting (with no evidence), but in most cases, it seems like it was simply because the POC were not white enough. Some examples:
- Checking out of an airbnb rental
- Native American Brothers Pulled From Campus Tour After Nervous Parent Calls Police
- Waiting for a friend at Starbucks
- Napping in the dorm area
- Barbecuing in a designated BBQ area in a park
There are of course many more, and they represent the tip of the iceberg of the use of 911 against POC, as The New Republic describes in their article Starbucks, Yale, and the Abuse of 911 Against Black Americans
A few years ago, a white person calling 911 might be able to argue that they were doing their civil duty, while ignoring the fact that the incident they called 911 about, didn’t warrant such a call in the slightest. They could say that if they had overreacted, the police would sort it all out – no harm, no foul, and all that.
And don’t think that those people were all armed and being a threat to the police. Many were unarmed – in the case of black women, 60%.
All of this adds up to a dark conclusion – when white people call the police on POC, they might as well be attempting murder by cop.
They are trying to put the POC into their place, by any means necessary, and if that results in the cop shooting the POC, then so be it.