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**hidden racism** (jay anthony brown from tom joyner morning show voice)

When I first saw this, I thought to myself 'is this staged?' But after further evaluation, I realized they are most likely indie filmmakers OR rappers, lol, and just turned it into a cinematic event. Basically they capitalized on him getting arrested. Smart. 

I hate how the "cop" handled this man. However, I LOVE how this young man handled himself. He refused to hand over his ice tea, and showed restraint when being detained. He clearly could have overtaken the "cop," but he chose to deescalate the situation instead of ramping it up. Again, smart. Sometimes, it takes a stronger, and smarter, man to yield instead of creating additional problems for himself. 

[I despise how they treat moorish men in this country, how the "cop" feels entitled to be a dick because this is a brown man, and how they had my brother on the ground like that. Still, I feel the man being accosted, did the right thing. Says everything about his character and shows the "cop" was completely out of line.]

By reacting, the man could have created a bigger mess (MOST LIKELY FOR HIMSELF). Instead he chose to remain neutral & non-reactive. Now, as the cameraman stated, they can deal with this legally, and possibly sue *shrugs.* I feel, he handled the situation correctly. What do you think? 

Getting Locked Up For Drinking a Half & Half Arizona Ice Tea

Also making the rounds today, are comments made by NYPD Commissioner, Raymond Kelly: 

“The stark reality is that crime happens in communities of color,” Kelly told “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir Wednesday.

“About 70% to 75% of the people described as committing violent crimes — assault, robbery, shootings, grand larceny — are described as being African-American."

“The percentage of people who are stopped is 53% African-American,” he continued. “So really, African-Americans are being understopped in relation to the percentage of people being described as being the perpetrators of violent crime.”

**major side eye** Yeah, but there's no racism problem when it comes to brown males being illegally, unfairly and disproportionately stopped. Riiight.