New York Times columnist Charles Blow is hanging on to the racial narrative in the story of his son’s arrest despite the fact that his arresting officer was revealed to be black.
His son, a Yale University student was stopped at gunpoint by a campus police officer Saturday because they said he matched the description of a robbery suspect.
Following his son’s detainment Blow went on a tirade on Twitter claiming his son was “accosted” by police and claiming the stop was racially motivated adding hashtags #Icantbreathe and #Blacklivesmatter.
Blow appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360” to address the situation.
“Does the fact that the police officer involved was African-American? Does that change the equation in your mind in any way?” host Anderson Cooper asked.
“It doesn’t for me,” Blow replied. “Because when we have the conversations with our kids, we don’t say, ‘Well, if you run into a white police officer, behave like this and this and this, and if you run into a black police officer, you don’t have to worry about that. Do whatever you want to do, jam your hands into your pockets, jump around and talk back.’”
He said that they talk about the “police in general,” insinuating that he teaches his children to be wary of them.
Cooper asked him if he still thinks race played a role.
“It became more and more clear to me that it was more about culture of the police officers dealing with these young black men than individual officers dealing with these young black men,” he said.
When your first response is to believe everything is based on race its tough to back out of a public temper tantrum.
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