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And yet, conservatives insist that racism is dead

by: Eric B.

Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 14:00:00 PM EDT

Someone was good enough a year or so ago to record the response Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, about his experiences being a prominent black scientist and his response included relating the time he walked out of a store and after the alarms went off was searched by store security and released when they figured out that he hadn't stolen anything because he is Neil deGrasse Tyson. At the very moment he walked through security, he said, a white guy also walked through security and away unscathed. The merchandise was lost because store security had profiled him as a more likely shoplifter than the actual shoplifter.

That came to mind today when reading this.

“I was in Grosse Pointe today at the Talbots on Kercheval. I had a somewhat large bag with me as well as my purse because I am returning two purchases that I ordered online and I needed a way to carry them in the store. I inform the sales clerk when I walk in that I have the second bag because I have two items to return, however, I want to look around first. I try on a pair of pants that I like so I come back out to see if they have another pair in a different color. I go back into the fitting room to make sure those fit also. I convince myself that I need both pairs (of course) and leave the fitting room to pay for my items and return the others. When I exit the fitting room, I’m confronted by two Grosse Pointe police officers who ask to search my bag and ask me if I have any merchandise in the bag. I tell them to go ahead and search and point out the items and the receipt. He tells me it is clear that someone made a mistake and then takes my bag to the store manager to point out that everything that I have in my possession, I have purchased. They take my name, address, and phone number so it is on “record.” I then proceed to the counter to give them back all the items that I had intended to purchase and to return everything that I had previously purchased. The manager’s explanation was that she had asked the police to do a walk around the store because it was so busy (four customers, including me)…I pointed out to her that after searching me, they left without searching anyone else. I must tell you that my hands were shaking and my voice cracked when speaking. Honestly, I am still shaken. Today, I received a very harsh reminder and I will be calling corporate headquarters in the morning.”

This is the same Grosse Pointe that is erecting a physical barrier between it and the city of Detroit. A wall, like the wall some Israelis want to build to separate themselves from the Palestinians and that some of our homegrown racists want to build to separate us from the Mexicans.

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A Wall?
Someone once mentioned to me in a comment that this was a Michigan site and politely called me out for going too deeply into what I was experiencing politically in my new home of Chicago.

With that in mind I question the quite unnecessary reference to "the wall some Israelis want to build to separate themselves from the Palestinians". If we are having that debate on Michigan Liberal, please let me know.

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...and that some of our homegrown racists want to build to separate us from the Mexicans.

The comparison seems apt. It's all motivated by racism.

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Michael Moore
had his own little experiment in this on his TV show. Yaphet Kotto--at the time, playing a police captain in "Homicide"--dressed in a sharp suit and carrying a leather briefcase tried hailing a NYC cab, but was consistently passed up for a shabbily-dressed white guy up the way.
It being Mike, his subsequent interview in the back of the cab with the driver included the fun fact that the shabby white guy had just finished serving fifteen years for murder.

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