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A Chicago police SUV was filmed last week driving slowly through a crowd as three women “twerked” on its hood and roof.
The video made it onto social media, where it predictably went viral and also piqued the attention of the Chicago Police Department.
“The Chicago Police Department is investigating a viral video showing women dancing and twerking on top of a CPD cruiser,” Chicago station WBBM confirmed Saturday.
It’s unclear when and where exactly in Chicago the video was recorded.
Watch via CWB Chicago, an independent group that purports to provide “public safety coverage from Chicago’s North Side”:
Looks like the Chicago Police Department’s emphasis on “positive community interactions” is taking off! Great to see! pic.twitter.com/xuHMWsuYci
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) June 5, 2021
…”Are you pursuing?”
“Not exactly, squad.”
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) June 5, 2021
It’s not clear if the group was being serious or sarcastic.
The clip provoked anger from those who felt it was indicative of cultural rot.
Another example that there is a massive culture problem with young Americans. Photos of decades ago show men and women of all colors, dressed well and working. Now, people are half naked (or fully) and twerk on vehicles.
Do better America.
— Abu Yūsuf Omar Vye (@AbuYusuf_V) June 6, 2021
If you don’t see anything wrong with this video, it shows just how sick our society has become. The person in the squad car needs to disciplined. This shows very little and poor respect for everyone involved.
— Kenny h (@coupondad1) June 6, 2021
This reminds me of what a 90s dystopian movie would have looked like for 2021
— _dempster_ (@_dempster_) June 6, 2021
I like living somewhere where people get arrested for doing that kind of thing.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) June 6, 2021
It’s unfortunate that you don’t see how much is wrong with this.
It won’t reduce violence, and all it does is reinforce a toxic culture which fuels said violence and the general disorder and decay in high-crime communities.
— Naninizhoni (@naninizhoni) June 5, 2021
@DraganVoyager Sodom and Gomorah
— LovrinVoyager (@LovrinV) June 5, 2021
Chicago should just change their name to Rome. Or maybe Babylon.
— Old Maid Life (@CheriCoffman) June 5, 2021
“I really can’t find anything wrong with this video”
And that, I’m afraid, is the problem
— twz (@timewav) June 6, 2021
Some also noted that the crowd of what appeared to be minorities didn’t seem at all afraid of the police. This came as a surprise given left-wing hero LeBron James’ belief that all cops out are to kill black people.
Ive never seen a group of people more terrified of the police. Maybe all these reformers are right…
— Jaws (@chicagosprts) June 5, 2021
Look how SCARED the minorities are of the police. I am certain when you are scared of someone you don’t jump on their vehicle & twerk. I’m not sure what the ambition & goal of the twerkers are in this scenario.
— Avery Froh MAGA (@AveryFroh) June 6, 2021
Wait I thought all black people were shot and killed for even the tiniest offense. Yet you can climb on a cop car and mock them as they try and drive away? 🙄
— DGTrader (@DanG52260142) June 6, 2021
This comes as Chicago is facing a crime wave, with people dying every single weekend.
“In Chicago, 1,418 people have been shot this year,” according to a data sheet from the Chicago Tribune that was last updated Thursday.
As of Sunday morning, 43 had been shot, five fatally, just this weekend alone, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Not everybody expressed outrage over the video. Some defended it and correctly noted that at least nobody had been shot.
Nobody’s shooting and everyone looks like they’re having a good time. What’s the problem?
— |\| () /-\ |-| (@noahmanion) June 5, 2021
I honestly don’t see anything wrong with this
— Chairman Birb Bernanke (@Bonecondor) June 5, 2021
Twerking ain’t illegal. Land of the free buddy.
— Berto (@RNelly17) June 6, 2021
Lol I live in the city and it feels like a different planet but hey at least no one was shot
— TK (@TCK2007TCK) June 6, 2021
“What’s the problem?” one Twitter user asked.
Perhaps it’s the soft bigotry of low expectations — the idea that because the perpetrators are black and black people suffered systemic discrimination in times past, it’s best to just let their poor behavior in the present slide.
But as noted by Ian Rowe of the American Enterprise Institute, who by the way is himself black, this bigotry is extremely “damaging.”
“The American dream is premised on the idea that a young person can become an agent of her or his own destiny. This can only happen if vital mediating institutions like strong families, schools and faith-based organizations demand excellence, and shape the character of this rising generation to build self-sufficiency and resilience,” he wrote last year for USA Today.
“At this moment a growing number of young people are being led to believe that structural barriers around race, class and gender have rigged the system against them, and that they are powerless to compete at the highest level because of immutable characteristics like their race.”
How is this relevant to what happened? Because people who are committed to pursuing excellence and building their character would never in a million years think it appropriate to twerk on a police car, let alone any car.
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