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Thu Feb 20, 2014, 08:54 AM

What Happens When A Black Man And A White Man Try To Break Into The Same Car (VIDEO)

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/19/black-guy-breaks-into-car-simple-misfits_n_4816041.html


The man trying to get into Jason Roberts' car was clearly a professional.

His movements were quick, skilled and evidently practiced. He began to attract the notice of skeptical onlookers. Who was that man breaking into the Mazda? Shouldn't someone do something?

A "professional" was exactly what he was, and, having called AAA for help getting into his locked car, Roberts expected nothing less. He was, however, unnerved by the stares of the people questioning the motives of a mechanic who was only trying to help. Then it hit him -- they were suspicious because, unlike him, the mechanic was black.

Roberts, a host on the YouTube channel Simple Misfits, decided to replicate the situation, this time camera in hand, so that everyone could witness the same unacceptable double standard that he had. He didn't realize how intense the response would be. Watch the video above to see for yourself (warning: NSFW language).

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Reply What Happens When A Black Man And A White Man Try To Break Into The Same Car (VIDEO) (Original post)
Mr Dixon Feb 2014 OP
sufrommich Feb 2014 #1
Rex Feb 2014 #2
redqueen Feb 2014 #12
PowerToThePeople Feb 2014 #3
rgbecker Feb 2014 #4
Tom Rinaldo Feb 2014 #5
Mr Dixon Feb 2014 #6
Enthusiast Feb 2014 #7
Harmony Blue Feb 2014 #8
johnnyreb Feb 2014 #9
d_r Feb 2014 #10
JustAnotherGen Feb 2014 #11
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2014 #13
heaven05 Feb 2014 #14
JustAnotherGen Feb 2014 #15
heaven05 Feb 2014 #17
mountain grammy Feb 2014 #16
Mr Dixon Feb 2014 #18
PumpkinAle Feb 2014 #19
Vox Moi Feb 2014 #20
erpowers Feb 2014 #30
sinkingfeeling Feb 2014 #21
loudsue Feb 2014 #22
Android3.14 Feb 2014 #23
Scruffy Rumbler Feb 2014 #24
Mr Dixon Feb 2014 #25
Scruffy Rumbler Feb 2014 #26
unblock Feb 2014 #27
erpowers Feb 2014 #28
Donald Ian Rankin Feb 2014 #29

Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:00 AM

1. Good Lord, cops drive right by white guy

while 4 cops with guns pulled show up for black guy. Do people really not get this?

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:03 AM

2. I don't know how anyone could be in denial about racial profiling.

Cops may lie and say they do not, but yes they do and all the time.

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:29 AM

12. Yep.

And that's why discussions about privilege are so important.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:05 AM

3. Holy shit! that is some white privilege there.

I do not have words.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:10 AM

4. Cops with drawn gun?

WTF?

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:13 AM

5. It's OK. We live in a post racial society Don't believe what you see. n/t

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:13 AM

6. IMO

Madness but know surprise SMH

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 09:59 AM

7. I don't see it as humorous. Law enforcement ignoring white crime has grave consequences.

Grave consequences like wrecking the fucking world economy.

It wasn't black people that destroyed the economy. Even though CNBC and Fox "News" would have us believe the entire problem was a result of the Community Reinvestment Act.

They planned that little story long in advance of the bubble burst. Even the President, in his state of the union address felt the need to remind us that it wasn't only big bankers that were responsible for the crash, home mortgage borrowers also share in the blame. What was it Mr. President .0002%? Way to carry on with the Wall Street script (ruse).

The African American population has become the nation's modern day scape goat, almost the equivalent of Nazi Germany's Jews.

We looked forward after the treasonous Bush Administration was done wrecking the nation. And we looked forward after the Wall Street criminal fraudsters destroyed the world economy.

I think it's high time we started taking white collar white crime seriously.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:02 AM

8. This thread should have more recs

this is one example of white privilege I will acknowledge. Cops not harassing you is probably #1.



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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:02 AM

9. K&R - two minutes must-see

"Let me see your fucking hands."

That just might be an American fucking citizen you're talking to, ossifer.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:09 AM

10. Wow.

The cop driving right by.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:24 AM

11. Ut oh - you did it now

First - great video and an excellent way to make a point. Sometimes people need to 'see it' to 'get' it.


Second - I give it five more minutes before the professional victim mentality finds your op, read the words 'white guy' in the subject line - and derail a very important point you've made here. *sigh*

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:31 AM

14. if people are acting surprised

at scenario presented here, I'm amazed. After the last 14 years of racial discord brought about, to keep us divided mind you, by the bush cabal and right wing reaction to the will of the people, african-american POTUS, open season on shooting any disrespectful black kid not responding to white demands/request, how can people be surprised that a white man has cops drive by as he is 'breaking' into a car, pedestrians not even giving a hoot, yet when a black man does the same thing, oh big surprise at reaction of police with drawn weapons just itching to shoot the black 'thug', whites looking on with intense suspicion. But I guess we all know how 'thuggish' those black men are. All of them, young, old and in between. This is a sickening truth about the typical american racial divide, mistrust and down right racism. 300 years and counting, and no goddamit, it's not getting better.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:41 AM

15. +1000

But heaven - it's post racial America doncha know - and as I've pointed out in the AA group -

We've fallen down the rabbit hole and the 'fix' is in to rewrite history such that it was actually black folks who were the majority of slave owners, we imposed jim crow on a vulnerable white population, and my absolute favorite -MLK was actually a white man who fought for labor rights.


But the op - duplicate or not - I give him cred for posting this.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:51 AM

17. Only the stupid, ignorant populace, and in america

that's 47% of the voting people, believe that data in your response. Rabbit hole? You betcha! thanks.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 10:45 AM

16. Videos like this one should be shown daily on tv..

in the workplace, in the schools, in the courtrooms, in Times Square. This must and should be in our faces until we understand just how widespread and egregious racism is in America. We've all seen it, we all know what's happening.
What will we do about it? Everyone of us has to stand up for each other and against this disease that is killing our country.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:10 AM

18. So Sorry

That i miss the 1st post of this video, my Bad.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:23 AM

19. OMFG

And how he approached the guy - swearing with his gun out at the ready.

And then cops wonder why they get the bad rap - it is deserved, well and truly deserved if this is how they treat and approach others.

Anyone know what happened when they found out it was for a video?

Hey OP - maybe on the (warning: NSFW language) - you should put used only by a "Peace" officer.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:32 AM

20. Here's another instance of this meme: black guy, white guy, white woman

The issue of prejudice and unwarranted assumptions based on outward appearances is not strictly a racial issue.
It is evident with respect to race, gender, attractiveness and even things like profession and wealth.

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Response to Vox Moi (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 01:17 PM

30. Shocking

The end of that video was just shocking. The guy actually told the lady he would help her steal the bike. The guy knew she was trying to steal the bike and offered to help. I would have liked it if they had also had a black woman in order to see if people were reacting the way they were because the woman was a woman, or just because she was a white woman.

The differing reactions between the white guy and the black guy were also interesting. For me it raised the question of why. Why were so many people willing to allow the white guy to steal the bike? The normal answer is that white privilege makes people think the white person is not committing a crime. However, for me, that explaination does not work in this case. In some instances the white guy acknowledged the bike was not his and people still did not call the cops, or harass him.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:33 AM

21. I can only say that I'm so disgusted with this country and its society.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:40 AM

22. I cannot tell you how badly that pisses me off.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:47 AM

23. Ouch

I'm unsurprised, but what a great way to demonstrate the prejudice.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 11:47 AM

24. Just wanted to point out....

what a wonderful citizen the mother was. The one that turned around and put her child in between her and someone she obviously thought was breaking the law!

"Busybody Mother of the Year" right there!

Oh, and Mr. Dixon, thank you for this reminder of what life is like here in good old US of Assholes! I was shocked the other day when a coworker actually said, after blaming Obama for the financial shit we are in.... went on to say how we are done being racist in this country because we elected a black president.... FFS!

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Response to Scruffy Rumbler (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:11 PM

25. AGREED

We still have a long way to go, Black president or not, next we move on to gender and watch all the shit Hillary catches SMH.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:13 PM

26. +1

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:40 PM

27. i saw a similar video, with bicycles locks maybe, where a cop actually helped out the white guy.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 12:48 PM

28. Tim Wise and Michelle Alexander

On an appearance on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Tim Wise recounted a similar story. He was in New Orleans and he had locked his keys in his car. He decided to try to break into his car. While he was trying to break into his car a police officer drove by. Not only did the police officer not harass or arrest him; the police officer actually showed him the proper way to break into his car. According to Wise the police officer just assumed, without question that Wise was trying to get into his own car.

In her book The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander gives an example of racial bias in America. She points out that in most cases when a black youth does something wrong it is usually seen as a crime, but when a white youth does something wrong, even when it is a major crime like shooting a gun, it is usually seen as a misguided youth making a mistake, or just a country kid being a country kid.

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Response to Mr Dixon (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 01:06 PM

29. Unsurprised the cops got called on the black man; surprised they didn't on the white one.


I might well not intervene in that circumstance, but I'd certainly phone the police.

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