The Los Angeles Times published a short op-ed Tuesday asking all white people to stop calling the police on black people for no good reason.
The article was written by editorial board member Carla Hall and it scolded whites for calling the police on innocent blacks. (RELATED: Dr. Alveda King Says Trump Is Not A Racist)
“White people, could you stop calling the police every time you see a black person doing something ordinary?” the article begins.
“It used to be that white people only called the cops on young black men in hoodies walking down dark streets at night. (Still not a crime, but, in urban America, seemingly closer to a crime.) Now, we have an alarming rash of police calls on black people doing innocuous and innocent things,” Hall continued. “Or maybe this was always happening but now people have smartphones to record the incidents.”
Hall cited the incident at Starbucks in Philadelphia where an employee called the authorities on two black men after he told them they couldn’t use the restroom without making a purchase. She also discussed the story of an elderly neighbor calling the police on three black Airbnb guests whom he had never seen before.
“When a black man brought his charcoal grill to a cookout in an Oakland park, a white woman called police to report that he was cooking in a portion of the park that was reserved for non-charcoal grills,” Hall wrote. “The man insisted to the woman that he often saw people grilling with charcoal in that area. Police arrived but cited no one, and the barbecue continued.”
She included the hashtag, “#LivingWhileBlack” and insinuated all white people are racist and are shocked when they see middle-class blacks walking around.
“It means that white people, still, after all this time, don’t expect to see black people in middle class or affluent neighborhoods, shops or universities,” she concluded. “They were never given the benefit of the doubt. And that’s downright appalling.”