The reaction of a black business owner being approached by cops after concerned neighbors thought he could be breaking into what proved to be his own business speaks more to the hypersensitive state of race relations in America today than it does to the actions of police officers.
It may also speak more to this business owner’s own attitudes toward America.
Viktor Stevenson, owner of Gourmonade, a San Francisco gourmet lemonade stand, posted a photo and a video on social media of four officers checking on his activities after he was seen checking out the security system of the business.
“Four cops just hopped out on me guns almost drawn took my ID at my own store. This racist thing is out of control but it won’t stop me! Living my dreams like they are golden because they are,” Stevenson wrote on Instagram.
Four cops just hopped out on me guns almost drawn took my ID at my own store. This racist thing is out of control but it won’t stop me! Living my dreams like they are golden because they are lol @londonbreed Shazaaaaaammm! #thisisamerica #dontcatchyouslippingup #businees #while #black #sanfrancisco #california #love #TFLers #tweegram #photooftheday #20likes #amazing #smile #follow4follow #like4like #look #instalike #igers #picoftheday #food #instadaily #instafollow #followme #girl #iphoneonly #instagood #bestoftheday
This is his reaction to concerned neighbors noticing someone “checking his security system,” as reported by the San Fransico Chronicle and calling law enforcement out of an abundance of caution?
What if it was an actual robber looking to break into the business?
This is the same mentality that demonized a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who was forced to use deadly force to protect himself during a violent attack by a man who outweighed him by almost 100 lbs, as a federal investigation determined.
But Stevenson was only getting warmed up in casting racially tinged aspersions.
“Being black at my business minding my business and someone called the police and said I was breaking in,” he said in a Facebook post that included a video. “People die because of this kinda misuse of police resources and racial profiling everyday.”
He goes on to say that he is “blessed to be alive to tell my story” because a few police officers checked on the welfare of his business.
How Stevenson would know the race of the person who called the cops remains a great mystery, but then, facts are of minimal importance when pushing a political narrative.
As the nation saw firsthand with the lie known as “hands up, don’t shoot.”
Nonetheless, Stevenson is now a media darling and getting all the attention he could ever dream of — and business.
“Today was an epic day…not just because we got to sell lemonade and I got to do what I love to do and my passion,” he said in another Facebook post.
“But people showed up and people were super human today. So many people came up from the neighborhood, locals and residents and business, and gave me hugs. And that’s priceless.”
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