Connect with us

News

Hold Please! One State’s Answer to Those Racist Calls to Police Targeting Black People

Avatar

Published

on

by G. Brown

Twitter and IG made them famous with hashtags to roast them properly…#BBQ Becky,#PermitPatty, #WaterWendy and #Coupon Carl.  Their racist calls made them infamous and in one state, now those calls are illegal.

Oregon lawmakers approved a bill this week to stop these annoying racially-motivated calls to police about Black people doing normal things.  The House passed the bill following in the footsteps of the state Senate which approved the measure earlier this month in a landslide vote of 27-to-1.

One of the chief sponsors of the bill Rep. Janelle Bynum says, “When you get the cops called on you just for existing out in public, it sends a clear message: You don’t belong. We’ve seen story after story where African–Americans around the country have been targeted and had their rights violated.”

Bynum feels so strongly about those racist calls because she’s been the target of one herself…

TRN has told you about many of these nuisance calls like:

  • Manager at a Philadelphia Starbucks called police on two Black men waiting for a third party to arrive for a business meeting.
  • PermitPatty called police on an 8-year-old girl in San Francisco selling bottled water to raise money for a trip to Disneyland.
  • BBQBecky called police because Blacks who were barbequing at the park
  • JoggerJoe threw away a Black homeless man’s belongings in Oakland
  • PoolPatrolPaula called police on a Black teen who she didn’t think belonged at a South Carolina pool.  She also struck the teen and called him the “N-word”. When police arrived, she was arrested for assault and lost her job when meme went viral.
  • CouponCarl-a store clerk- called police on a Black woman in Chicago who presented some coupons he didn’t recognize and assumed they were fraudulent. The coupons were legit and he lost his job.

And there are others who are identified, tagged and posted on social media as part of a very public shaming.  NPR says, “Thanks to social media, there’s no longer as much impunity-free discrimination that people can express toward others.”  But in spite of all the social media shaming, many of these racist calls persist.

Oregon’s measure lacks teeth as far as criminal charges so violators won’t be thrown in jail.  But their call could still cost them.  The bill will allow for people targeted by such calls to sue the caller for damages up to $250.  You won’t get rich, but you will get even.

Oregon isn’t the only state looking to disconnect this discrimination calls…Michigan came up with a “bias crime reporting prohibition” last month making it a criminal misdemeanor to call the police and racially profile Blacks and other people of color. It’s already illegal to falsely report citizens, but adding these new laws will help remind people that living while Black at the pool, on the sidewalk, in the store, at the park isn’t a crime.  It’s petty, ignorant and hopefully, more states will make it illegal.

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Shawn J.

    June 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    It is what it is.

  2. Avatar

    NBA is fixed

    June 12, 2019 at 8:21 am

    If you’re black and you’re not wearing a white man’s uniform, white people want you in prison or in the cemetery. In the eyes of white people, when a black person wears a white man’s uniform, it displays proof that the black person has fallen in line with the racist white American culture; the safe, tamed black person. A black man or woman who is wearing street clothes is assumed to be a renegade, a threat or another version of Christopher Dorner. In conclusion, white people hate us; America hates us.

    PS: White man’s uniforms consist of police, military, firefighter, professional and college sports

    • Avatar

      Louis

      June 14, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Once blacks come to terms with the root of the hatred they’ll be better equipped to deal with it in meaningful and righteous manners. Readdressing Francis cress-welsing book “the isis papers for clear understanding. We have ability to get along with so called whites but the whites in power don’t possess same.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2017 The Reel Network