Levar Burton – I Put Hands Outside Car When Pulled Over
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[LeVar Burton – I Put Hands Outside Car When Pulled Over]
[LeVardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr.] Source: LYBIO.net
Listen, I’m gonna be honest with you, and this is a practice I engage in every time I’m stopped by law enforcement. And – and I taught this to my son who is now 33 as part of my duty as a father to ensure that he knows the kind of world in which he is growing up. So when I get stopped by the police, I take my hat off and my sunglasses off, I put them on the passenger’s side, I roll down my window, I take my hands, I stick them outside the window and on the door of the driver’s side because I want that officer to be as relaxed as possible when he approaches my vehicle. And I do that because I live in America – and because of the —
And because —
[CNN’s Don Lemon]
But, Tim, before I go to you. I had a very similar thing – although I am a little bit more of an uppity’ you-know-what because I actually get [offended]. Why did you stop me? What did you do? Growing up in Louisiana, people would stop me, my parents did very well. They say where did you get that car, nigger? Whose car is this? Right. And so I was coming back from Florida a couple of years ago with someone I was dating whose happened to be white. And he said: “I never had the Police deal with me like that.” I’m like, hello, welcome to my Life.
You don’t understand, it doesn’t exist for you. It doesn’t exist.
That’s just it, why white people use the “N” word because they never get treated like Niggers.
[Tim Wise] Source: LYBIO.net
What Lavar says is so heavy, and I want white folks watching this show to know how heavy it is – because here I am and I know [Wynton] is from New Orleans, I lived in New Orleans for 10 years. And I told you this story once on the show before. Back when I was 23 and living in New Orleans, I had graduated from Tulane, and one day I had locked myself out of my car on Robert Street, and so I’m trying to break into my car with a coat hanger, and a cop comes up. And he sees me doing it, man, he’s not asking me for ID or proof that’s my car, and he actually, literally, the NOPD, you gotta let me finish, the NOPD and I know Wynton will appreciate this story. He was like, hey, you’re breaking into the car the wrong way, let me help you,’ [laughter] Like, the cop was trying to help me break in.
Now, there is not a black man in this country, 23 years of old, for whom that would have been the reaction and I hope people understand – like LeVar having to put his hands out the window – like basically, what my mom told me was, ‘Be nice to cops.’ She didn’t say, ‘Don’t move your hands because you’re going to get shot. Don’t – none of that and that is about white privileged and that is about racism and that is the fundamental difference between the N word and any other racial term on this planet, that is exactly the point.
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