ACLU Accuses Cops of Targeting Black Barbershops


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By Brandon Whitney

Imagine getting a hair cut in your barbershop of choice, and just as you’re getting your line up the cops kick in the door and begin searching you and your barber. Besides the increased risk of getting a “Timmy” , it’s got to be a disconcerting event at the very least. The ACLU has accused the Riverside, California police department of unfairly targeting African American Barbershops. Without warrants or probable cause, cops searched, and in one instance detained, individuals working at, and frequenting Black barbershops in Southern California.

In one of his books, Kim Stanley Robinson wrote that the shifting into a new era often involves the struggle between the old and the new. There is a time when the old way of thinking tries to strangle new ideas in their crib. We are now in a time when the old ideas of racism and bigotry are trying to kill the idea of the post racial society. It is an idea that does not deny racial difference, but eliminates it from view when considering the worth of another.

We must not allow social throwbacks and Neanderthals to destroy our hope for a better future. We deserve better than to allow the Becks, Rush Limbaughs, and bigoted police officers who hide among valiant protectors of the peace, to keep us stuck in racial prejudice. Hopefully, the issue in Southern California is the beginning of the end of acceptable prejudice.

brandon-head Brandon Whitney is the creator of Homelandcolors.blogspot.com a blog that focuses on issues that affect the African American community. He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. Brandon has political experience as an Outreach Director for the Democratic Party and is passionate about being a positive force in his community regarding African American issues.  He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. You can read more of Brandon’s work at Homeland Colors.

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