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There’s been much discussion around the nation about racism. Is it persistent? Is it systematic? Is it behind us?
Read this story that appeared in the Washington Post and it should end the debate (although it won’t).
An African American man, who happens to be a veteran, brought his teenage son with him as he went house hunting with a real estate agent (also black) in Wyoming Michigan. A neighbor saw them entering the house that was for sale and called 911 to report a break in.
The police sent an armed team, who surrounded the house, entered and handcuffed the potential buyer and his young son.
Racism? Of course.
The story says:
As a police officer turned Roy Thorne around to cuff his hands behind his back, the 45-year-old father saw the same happening to his 15-year-old son.
Feelings came quickly then to Thorne, who’s Black: rage that his son was being arrested. Humiliation that the teenager had to watch his dad get handcuffed while the whole neighborhood looked on. Confusion about how viewing a house with his real estate agent on a Sunday afternoon could lead to a half-dozen police officers pointing guns at them.