At the bus barn the other morning, some of the drivers were talking about the recent police beating of Robert Davis in New Orleans. As in “He had it coming,” “You know he was asking for it,” “Too bad the horse didn’t stomp his ass too.”
Okay, so I work with racists. Who doesn’t?
Had Robert Davis been white, I expect my co-workers would have said something like “Well, he shouldn’t have copped an attitude.” Matter of fact, I bet that’s exactly what they’d say.
Something I’ve been meaning to ask: when did Americans start thinking this way? That if a cop jacks you up and you’re anything other than obsequious, the cop is entitled to beat you to the ground, zap you with a taser, or break your skull with a baton?
This way of thinking seems totally un-American to me. I’m not condoning resisting arrest (clearly, in that case you can expect retribution), but I have to ask: as an American, can’t I have any damn attitude I want?
And isn’t Robert Davis American too?
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