Roadside Humiliation Ep. 29

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We discuss the roadside humiliation of a black couple at the hands of police and how we respond as Black Christians.


Washington Post article by Radley Balko

Atlanta Black Star article by David Love

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  • ImageArtsy says:

    The things happening in this world make me angry and sad; certainly like a great deal of others. I sat listening to this podcast while looking at the freeze frame (or whatever you call it), the right side view of the female officer, and suddenly; I saw nothing but the US flag boldly patched on her shoulder. My eyes were sort of transfixed as I listened on to hear the Black American couple being strip searched, and ending with the officer justifying their actions because the couple hadn’t cleaned the car interior, and all of that made me feel victimized as well.

    Racist humiliation can also reinforce or instill the thought/belief to the victim of the humiliation that they will never be equal, good, improving, arrived, recovered or even that they can just be. Only less than, and in this case, even less than the dog. Oh wow!! Get the dogs!! I was only a baby in the 60s, but this is true history repeating itself!.

    I wonder how many incarcerated persons are released from facilities (who actually profess a focus of rehabilitation of persons) who could not overcome the affects of daily “humiliation while free” and end up back in prison. Probably not every story of a repeat offender, but today, looking around I do wonder how many do fit this description, or to this more accurately; now I realize there must be many people that fit this description, and I’m sure they are not all Black Americans, but I’m also sure most are.

    I’m a Christian in Chicago, I fight feelings of anger against law enforcement in general on daily basis it seems. It doesn’t help when I’ve greeted or smiled at an officer and in various areas of the city mind you, only to be met with a negative tone.

    I see this hate and arrogance in law enforcers I both know and have separated from. I graduated with a now State law enforcer as well as 2 Federal law enforcers. They go to the same training yearly, and they have a coldness about them. Certainly not the guys I used to know, not the guys I used to call my big brothers.

    The word tells us we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood, and I don’t believe most sensitive non-believers would disagree that whats happening to black lives in America isn’t evil. But how do you explain that to a woman whose body was forcefully exposed, even in a situation perhaps that actually wouldn’t have automatically drawn public attention. What is there to say to a man who was treated as an object, a thing in which one who feels superior can; I don’t know: take out his frustration? Make him feel superior because God decided to make his skin lighter than the victims.

    I cry, I cry to God, and sometimes, I think He’s crying right along with me

    Thanks for allowing my mini vent…

  • Mandle Rousseau says:

    I listened as this story unfolded and I was taken on a journey, bearing witness to the absurd, unbelievable, and horrifying acts conducted by men and women whose job it is to serve and to protect.
    Would I allow another human being to violate me and my anus because they had the ability to take my life if I resisted?… Because really, that is what the question is here. You must weigh your options and consider the possible outcomes. If a man violates your rights, depending on the violation, you may defend yourself forcefully or you may call the police to intervene. If the police violate you, who are you going to call? Although I am fairly certain that I could physically overtake most attackers, I am more certain that to do so against a police officer would be an immediate death sentence. What an awful predicament to be placed in. Powerless, helpless, and hopeless in America, is how I would describe this. Sometimes I think, my ability to speak “properly,” being clean cut, and driving a late model SUV insulates me from such abuses. Maybe it does to some extent. Maybe such an abuser might think twice because he/she would consider that I may have resources at my disposal. I may actually have a lawyer… I might even be a lawyer. The truth is, in listening to this, I realize that I have been violated over and over again, every time an injustice like this occurs. You see, I am a Black man in America, and while I may have been insulated from this incident by more than a thin layer of laytex, I still felt it. I felt a rage and a sense of helplessness that left me as unsettled as the topic of racism in America.