It's the New year and the same old thing for people of color. Walking across the Hawthorne Bridge after midnight, where people ran, set off fireworks and set out a bamboo boat filled with flowers for the river goddess, I saw a crowd and lots of cops on the NW side. There was a footrace on Naito Parkway. A few blocks north on Naito Pkwy, I saw a fight almost break out but dissipate. There were both white and black men involved. Suddenly police cars came in from all directions, sirens went on, I stopped to watch and heard a cop yell 'up against the wall!'. I watched them as they verbally harassed and detained only the black guys.
It was cold and I had to catch the last bus home. On 4th avenue, I saw more cop cars right outside of a hip hop club with a purple octopuss in the window. Come to think of it, there's always a cop car outside of this club. And then I saw them whiz by the Roseland, where there was a hip hop show. I guess 'hip hop' reads 'black people present' which means 'arrests'.
I am sick of seeing people of color targeted all over the couontry, and especially in our fair city.
As I boarded the last bus, crowded with New Year's partiers, all I could think of were local activist Celeste Carey's words: 'If you're black, you'd better stay home after dark".