Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hey Look Even More Racism

Editor-At-Large of the Daily Beast Goldie Taylor recently told a tale on Twitter of how her son was accosted, handcuffed, and illegally searched for trying to sell a Macbook that he owned because his mother gave it to him. The teen boy is black, and the tale is horrifying.

You can find her tweets on the incident on her account or see screenshots of the account on the Black Matters Tumblr account. I don't know how the cops knew her son was black from the Craigslist posting, but I've never heard of something like this happening to a white kid. Regardless, what the police did here was clearly illegal and absolutely terrifying for a black kid living in a society that kills black kids for nothing all the time.

Goldie's son, Joshua Taylor, also had his story published in the Daily Beast.

Cops Cuffed Me for Selling My Own Mac

We’re just sitting there, and suddenly I’m approached from behind by an officer, or I think it’s an officer. He immediately orders, “Put your hands behind your back! Put your hands behind your back!” and he has something pressed into my back. I look over my shoulder and can see a big yellow Taser. 
I first put my hands above my head, then had to lower them so he could handcuff me. Everyone at Caribou was staring at me. Time ceased for a few seconds. Then a woman approached on my left side. Both of them are dressed in tactical gear, with button-up shirts and khaki pants underneath. The woman asks Derek, “Is this the one?” “Yeah, I don’t know. Hold on just a second,” Derek says.

Once they found that this wasn't the laptop they'd been looking for, all Joshua got was "sorry, these things happen" before they left.

Yeah, these things happen in a racist, horrible society where cops get to run around fucking with whoever they want with impunity. Now this poor kid is traumatized. All because someone stole some white guy's laptop? This is all kinds of fucked up. Joshua deserves restitution and an explanation, at the very least.

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