Wednesday, July 8, 2009
#287. People Locking Their Car Doors When They Approach
Black people know that white people look on them with suspicious eyes. Black people know that when they enter a store, the employees and owner cast numerous glances in their direction, in fear they might abscond with something since Black peoples favorite percentage off is 100 %.
Each day, Black people are faced with cautious indifference at shopping malls, grocery stores and other venues that do business, largely due to the perceived rate of crime that Black people commit. This ingrained attitude and prejudicial thoughts among white people have left them vulnerable to one of the most debilitating acts that can be done in front of a Black person: locking the car door when they approach.
Whenever a peddler, vagrant, vagabond or window washer approaches an idle car of white people at a stop light or stop sign, the first move that is made is to ensure that they are properly ensconced in said vehicle by checking the locks.
Black people who approach a car of white people will be rebuked seemingly effortless and with a "click" of the power locks, denied entry and access to those white people.
Black people hate this and many have wondered if it had been a Black actor in those early 1990s Grey Poupon commercials if they would have even had the chance to ask "Pardon me?"
Worse though, is that many Black people perform the exact same locking of the door when they see other Black people approach, for precautionary measures.
Black people do not enjoy having the car door locked on them when they approach an occupied vehicle and view this practice as demeaning, dehumanizing and superfluous. Yet this practice will continue and will be done by suburban and urban dwelling white people and Black people who feel unsafe when they see a Black person approaching their car.