In an era when poisonous relations between blacks and the nation’s police forces are dominating headlines, the gratitude of a black Virginia woman to the white state trooper who helped her stranded son is going viral.
Dr. Nada Owusu wrote the Facebook posting to thank Virginia State Trooper Matt Okes, who came across her son and his Mercedes disabled by a flat tire “in the middle of nowhere” on Virginia Route 220 on Thursday.
Okes “didn’t ask if the little Mercedes was stolen,” Owusu wrote, “but rather got on his knees to replace his tire.”
As Richmond’s WTVR reports, Owasu had even more to say about Okes’ treatment of her 20-year-old son, a Virginia Tech student who was driving home to Danville, Va., when the flat hit him.
“Even before we left home, I kept telling my son I need to thank this officer,” she told the station. “Even when AAA came, [Trooper Okes] stayed.”
It’s telling that the incident, which is really a routine part of police-civilian interaction, has gotten the kind of coverage it has. But thanks to incessant stoking of racial flames by the likes of Al Sharpton and his comrade in arms in the White House, the very idea of a white police officer treating a young black man with car trouble like a fellow citizen in need of assistance rather than a criminal actually qualifies as news. (Here’s a bet: It’s happening somewhere in America, right now, whenever you read this.)
And it’s a little disturbing that the perfectly understandable gratitude of a mother whose son got some help in a jam has gone viral on social media by virtue of being so unusual.
It’s sad, in a way, but if Owasu’s interview with WTVR gets widespread attention, it’s at least worthwhile.
“There’s a lot of good in this world and people want to hear positive stories,” she said. “As far as I was concerned, there was a good person waiting with my son. I didn’t care if he was green, blue, yellow. There’s a lot of good in America and that needs to be heard. Police need our support.”
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