On Thursday September 11th 2014, actress Danièle Watts was arrested and detained after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her husband celebrity chef Brian James Lucas (Aka Cheffy Be*Live). The couple was allegedly kissing in their , parked Mercedes Benz when police officers surrounded their vehicle and demanded that the couple exit the car.
Upon exiting Watts told insiders that she was asked to show her I.D., but refused because she believed that she had done nothing to warrant the intrusion. Watts then proceeded to call her father to update him on her situation since she has been stopped many times in the past for no reason, but their call was cut short when two police officers pushed her against the car and arrest her.
According to CNN:
“There was an indication on the radio call that a male white and female black were involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes with the vehicle door open,” Officer Sally Madera said.
Her boyfriend — Brian James Lucas wrote in a Facebook post that police “saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).”
“Two people were briefly detained, but it was revealed no crime had been committed,” Medera said.”
According to eye witnesses, the man involved in the incident (Brian James Lucas) was not handcuffed, but the woman was and handled rather roughly”
Personally I believe that this incidents and others similar to this goes to show that America is not as accepting as one would hope. Over the last few months I have heard some of my peers stating naively that racism is no longer an issue here in the United Stated. They believed that individuals were being too sensitive and paranoid. I’m here to say for them to take caution when stating this decoration. It’s easy to say that something doesn’t exist if it never appears before you.
Growing up I always noticed the way people would treat my parents. My mother is very fair skin and is often mistaken for a Caucasian woman. My father is African American and of a darker complexion. As a child living in what many would consider the “South” of America, I always wondered why people would stare at my family and why older Caucasian woman would scoff at my mother and tell her that she should be ashamed of herself and of the abominations she has brought forth into this world (My two sisters and I)
As I got older I realized that racism does exist. it is alive and well and I believe that in today’s society when people dismiss this issues as one of our forefathers, then this is where the problem stems from. I deeply dislike when people say that they do not see race, because that just allows people to remain ignorant. Race, class, gender expression, sexual orientation as well as religion are not topics that as an informed global citizen we should just sweep under the rug. Currently I am in an interracial relationship and these topics come up all the time, but that doesn’t mean I love or think any less of my partner. Together we are growing both as individuals and as one connected unit, which is what diversity is all about.
These topics are what makes our world so different and fun to live in. My only hope is that we all will stop worrying about being so politically correct or offending people and asking the questions that we want to know. Stop taking offence to people’s curiosity and start a discussion which will ratify all past negative issues between all people.
As social media becomes more embedded into main stream culture. I believe that forums and blogs such as this one will become the platform for a civil rights movement. So join me on the journey to create change. Like Ms. Frizzle on the magic school bus one said ” Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”