I’ll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. I’ve been an advocate and community activist supporting race relations for nearly two decades in Los Angeles. But I’m afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.
When I first saw the twitter feeds trending “Django Unchained Actress Mistaken for Prostitute”, my initial response fell somewhere along the lines of: here we go again. As an LA native born and raised, my staunchest recollection of racial injustice at the hands of the LAPD was without a doubt the Rodney King beating by four white police officers all caught on tape in 1991. I remember the curfews put into place around the city when the officers were acquitted of the beating, along with ashes from the raging fires traveling as far west as Santa Monica when the riots began.
Over 20 years later, I am reminded just as emphatically of racial profiling and discrimination through the death of Trayvon Martin along with the events in Ferguson, Missouri — where Officer Darren Wilson still remains uncharged for the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. And since those events, additional incidents of racism and discrimination by law enforcement are making new headlines…
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