He is also a believer that the police should be psychic.
Do some black people cause crime? Yes. Must black men in England be so radically mistaken for someone else? No. Get the criminals….Well, they would, if they could only tell them apart from the ordinary man in the street without stopping them and asking questions!
For most people in England, and by "most people" I probably mean white people, driving your first car is an exciting rite of passage into adulthood. A black man in England soon learns that his rite of passage comes with overtly racist conditioning (there is nothing covert about being stopped regularly by the police). The black man must fall in line with the way things are. Ditto for catching taxis, by the way, and ditto for going out in clubs in Manchester.But wait! Neither operation involves the police, does it? (Well, OK, maybe the last if it's certain venues but still...).
So maybe the police are only doing what everyone else is doing? Profiling.
I've been stopped by the police more than 50 times between the ages of 20 and 40. An average of once every 134 days for 20 years. It is traumatic. "Is there anything wrong, officer?" Policeman reads my question as sarcasm or arrogance. He doesn't answer. Policeman asks questions, not the suspect.And I suspect that’s true for all suspects. Whether they are as black as coal or as white as a lily.
At the beginning of this year I had my computer stolen. Question: did I go to the police station to report it? Two weeks ago I was attacked in Cutty Sark train station. I deliberately didn't blog about it but that's another matter. Question: did I report it to the police? If the police want their crime prevention figures to get better, stop stopping innocent black men because then we'll report the crimes we do see. Crimes that happen to us.But not crimes that happen to anyone else?