In case you didn’t see it, a town official from Weston, Massachusetts recently filmed herself harassing a police officer for conducting a traffic stop. She interjected and claimed the officer was racist and had only pulled the person over because they were black.
(The full video is published below)
Ironically, this incident occurred in a town where my boyfriend and I have encountered the police multiple times; he even trained an academy classmate of the officer who was filmed. So naturally, this was even more personal to me, and I have some things to say.
Dear Mary Ellen Sikes,
It’s come to my attention from your embarrassing histrionics that you believe any African-American who happens to be pulled over is the victim of racial profiling. The video of you blatantly harassing police officers speaks for itself. After reading hundreds of barely intelligible comments filled only with hatred and no constructive reactions to your meltdown, I felt the need to step in.
First, I’d like to assign you a task. Next time you’re driving, try determining the race of the operator of the car ahead of you. Chances are, you can’t tell. Police are not equipped with X-ray vision, and if they are driving behind a car, they’d be hard-pressed to discern the operator’s race or even the number of occupants. If a police officer has determined that a car should be towed, stopped, or ticketed, this decision was made on a legal basis rather than race—because they probably didn’t even know the operator’s race until they made contact, and if they did, it was the most likely the last thing on their mind when they’re analyzing the situation.
How can it be racist for a cop to pull over someone whose race they don’t know? People like you believe that the outcome of a situation like this should be retroactively changed upon finding out the race of the subject, and it is absurd.
“I ran your plate and you have an unregistered, uninsured vehicle… oh, you’re a person of color, never mind, my mistake!”
You seem totally oblivious to law enforcement outside of what CNN said, so allow me to enlighten you. When they aren’t responding to calls, cops engage in proactive policing. That means, for example, that they don’t wait until an accident happens with an uninsured vehicle or stolen car; instead, they run every plate they come across and, if necessary, ensure the vehicle is properly taken care of to prevent future issues. This is ultimately in the best interest of the owner as well as everyone else on the road.
Maybe you and your husband’s 7-figure salary don’t care if you end up paying for a crash with an uninsured vehicle, but before you have a conniption over a police officer taking an unregistered car off the road, consider the repercussions if cops had to refrain from running certain plates over others. What if a plate came back stolen or associated with an armed robbery or kidnapping? If the driver or occupant(s) was carrying thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs in their car? According to you, it would be unfair and racist for the criminal to be confronted, so long as they are of color. This logic baffles me.
You claim you’re upset the plate of the car that was stopped was unjustly run because the inspection sticker said 2021, but really you’re upset that someone got caught driving a vehicle they shouldn’t have been driving. I’m sorry if I’m out of line for saying this, but if someone broke the law, they should face the consequences, period. Battling alleged favorable treatment for white over black citizens by promoting preferential treatment, handicaps, and exceptionalism for black over white citizens is a tragically misguided tactic in your crusade against “racist” policing.
My boyfriend and I actually use Weston as a meeting point every week during my school breaks; I’ll park at town hall, and he’ll drive us into Boston for the evening. I can see where we might seem out of place in an affluent town like Weston when we’re sitting in a 2003 Pontiac at town hall at midnight on a Tuesday, even if we are just talking briefly on a public way before driving to our respective homes. As such, we have been questioned more than once by Weston PD as they patrolled the area. Were I African-American, I have no doubt you would have flown to my defense in your Hillary dress the second you witnessed this “harassment.”
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But every time, we were left alone after a quick chat verified our stories. As annoying as it is to be met with such scrutiny, I’d rather know that the people protecting my community are doing their due diligence, than worry that they’re going to turn a blind eye one day because a middle-aged white woman played the race card and they’re scared they might accidentally offend her by interacting with a black person.
What if my boyfriend and I were in fact engaging in illegal activities? What if there was a stolen firearm in the car? What if one of us was a missing person or a suspect in a serious crime? Any decent person would be grateful that we were checked on. However, if I told you that my boyfriend is African-American, everything would change. It would suddenly become racism for the police to make sure all is well. Because if a person of color breaks the law and faces the consequences, it’s racist… but if they’re white, it’s totally acceptable.
Are you also against people of color needing to go through security at the airport? Are you against criminal background checks on prospective employees if they are a minority? If a white person fails a drug test, should they get penalized while a black person shouldn’t? You are a proponent of exceptionalism and overcompensation, and calling for different treatment of one group on the basis of race is laughably far from the “equality” you promote.
Running plates and acting accordingly has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with good police officers fulfilling their duties, enforcing the law, and ensuring a safer community. The logic is simple: don’t do anything illegal, and you won’t get penalized. The police probably can’t tell your race when they run your plate or stop you, and if you do everything correctly, they’ll never even find out.
I do not deny that racism exists in society, and I am all for the fight against inequality on all fronts. We don’t live in a world of truly equal opportunities, equal pay, and equal access to resources. We have a long way to go. There are without a doubt racist, prejudiced, bigoted people who walk the earth. But it is just plain asinine to claim that the 900,000 sworn officers in America are all cut from the same racist, fascist, power-hungry cloth.
I’m sorry that you waste your time trying to be a virtue signaler over instances that one would have to be positively delusional to attribute to racism, such as an uneventful routine traffic stop. Nonetheless, it is a free country and there are no laws against ignorant and crazed liberals trying to find things to get mad and Tweet about, so you do you. Just don’t call the horribly racist police when your million-dollar home is broken into, and make sure that you surrender all of your riches to the armed burglar if they happen to be a member of a group that you believe so desperately needs saving.
An equally concerned citizen
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