When the case of Emily Good was first brought to light, we all noted that it was a case of a citizen’s civil rights being violated. We watched a cop arresting a woman for basically exercising her rights as a property owner, she stood on her front lawn and taped a police action of a local traffic stop in front of her own home. This is something that is concerning to every civil libertarian. In my writings, I noted that the officer was wrong and many other people noticed he was wrong too, as is evidenced by the attention this story has gotten nationally.
The videos of the incident and the retaliatory incident against the supporters who dared to meet afterward to discuss how to protest the incident have gone viral on the internet. In short, this case has gotten a lot of attention.
Sometimes, when there is attention being given to a particular subject, there are people who feel they are not getting enough attention and like to engage in attention-seeking behaviors of their own. This is not unlike the kid who has a birthday with everything being geared towards the kid having the big day, and the kid’s sibling is acting out…. to draw attention away from the kid whose day it is and onto him/herself. The roles are soon reversed, when the other kid has his/her big day.
So here we have this situation with the Emily Good case, an overt act of civil injustice, and we have someone who feels like making some waves to draw some attention away from the case we are discussing. We have someone who is rehashing other cases that have had their moments of attention, because she is jealous that she cannot promote her own cause(s) in the matter.
Let’s meet a local Rochester NY staff newspaper writer who is desperately finding a way to inject race into the Emily Good case. Her name is Erica Bryant and the title of her Op-Ed sets the tone for the entire piece:
Good for Emily Good, but black parents see something else in video.
Read the article in its entirety. And if you are good at analyzing words, you will note some subtle bigotry by reason of regret that this was not a black person wronged, so she could capitalize on the social injustice mantra that liberals have been doing so strongly for many years now. In fact, in reading the article you must get to the very end to even note that Emily Good was taping the traffic stop of a black man, who she believed might have been a victim of racial profiling.
I don’t doubt that racial profiling is a problem in some instances, not all, but some. She cites the case of Amadou Diallo, the man who was shot by 41 times by police in NYC in 1999, as he reached for his wallet. We all recognize that it was a deplorable incident and worthy of condemnation by decent people everywhere….and it was. There is no doubt in my mind that back in 1992 Rodney King could have been subdued, cuffed, and placed under control several times, during the course of the unlawful beating he took at the hands of the LAPD. It, too, was equally condemned by most rational people who watched the tape.
But if she wants to inject race into the equation when it clearly is not a factor, I can understand why she wants to ignore statistics that show higher homicide rates in the black community– to include black on black violence. I can also understand why she would want to disregard incidents that occur in urban areas like the one earlier this year in Indianapolis, where a white cop was killed after being ambushed by a black man with an extensive criminal history. I can understand why she would want to play the race card in this case, to take attention away from the black gang that savagely beat the white man in South Carolina, this past week. If she truly wanted to speak out on racial justice, she could have written about these cases just as easily as the one she has tried to hijack for her own selfish purposes.
My point is simple. Race has no place in any of this discussion and it is extremely offensive for Erica Bryant to do this in this instance. This case has nothing to do with her perceived litany of complaints, it has everything to do with civil liberties of all people in this country. But from her perspective, I suspect it has more to do with her ambition to become a nationally known commentator…as opposed to the local upstart she really is.
When a white person deserves to be arrested, he/she should be arrested just the same a a black person should, when he/she deserves it. When a white person is victimized by police officers who are sworn to uphold the law and protect the citizens of their city, county, or state, attention should be called to it just like it should if it were a black person. Every case should be treated on a case by case basis, not by a demographic that is real or perceived.
One of the ways to stop racism in this country is to stop feeding this kind of garbage to the public. Another way to end racism is to stop emphasizing it when it is not a factor…. so that when it is a factor, it can be dealt with appropriately. And finally, the way to stop racism is to stop picking the scabs of old wounds. You cannot heal any wounds new or old, when you do this.