In the wake of the Starbucks thing (in which two black men were arrested for trespassing after refusing to order something and then refusing to leave the store), and the Nordstrom Rack thing (in which the police briefly spoke with three black teens after someone reported they'd seen them stealing, then let them go without arresting them, because they hadn't stolen anything), some bizarre-o social justice warriors are complaining that people call the police when they think something's up.
They're also demanding that people who do so be charged with "filing a false police report.)
5/1/2018 1 Comment
Last week, two black men were arrested for trespassing at a Starbucks because they asked to use the bathroom and took up a whole table without ordering anything. When asked to leave, they refused.
Did the men deserve to be arrested for that? Did the police do the "right" thing by arresting them? While my gut response was that it seemed like an overreaction, the answer is yes. As Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a statement, "... If a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that." I also agree with Ross, who is black, that race probably played a role in this. "As an African-American male," he said, "I am very aware of implicit bias."
This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education published State of Conflict: How a Tiny Protest at the U. of Nebraska Turned Into a Proxy War for the Future of Campus Politics. In short, a 19-year-old sophomore was yelled at and harassed by a university... graduate student? Teaching assistant? (She's 46 years old, which is a little old for a grad student... but that is what the article said, so let's roll with it.)
Among other ad hominems, the "46-year-old graduate student in the English department" called the student "neo-fascist Becky." (Like, four times. For an English student/teacher, she sure doesn't explore the richness of the English language much.)