In another installment of white people calling the cops on black people for doing normal stuff, we take you to San Diego, California. According to the Daily Mail, a white woman was allegedly waiting for a parking spot when a black woman pulled into the spot once it was vacated. The white woman proceeded to pull in behind the black woman’s parked car, while blocking the intersection in the parking lot, and called the police. The reason she gave for calling the police, was that she was waiting on the spot first.
If you drive or have ever driven a car in your life and waited for parking you understand that there are certain protocols. If you pull into a parking area and someone is waiting in their car for a parking spot, you move on and find another one. The white woman alleges that she was waiting on the spot. The black woman says, she did not see anyone waiting and pulled into the spot. The white woman responded that she needed that spot because of its close proximity to her destination and she needed that because her mother is handicapped. The black woman then responds there are a number of open handicap spots. This sounds like a lot of hearsay and “she said” “she said.” But, the validity of whom was in the right regarding the parking spot is irrelevant.
What matters here is the authority white people feel they have to call the police at any moment they are in a situation with a black person that makes them feel uncomfortable. The bar for white people to weaponize their “fear” or discomfort is so low and it is extremely problematic. This lineage of action by many white people can be traced all the way back to the 1800s. White people see and use the police and law enforcement as an extension of themselves with the ability to remove, or in many cases eliminate, the presence of black people in spaces they don’t want them in.
Luckily, in this instance when the police arrived on the scene, the black woman as sent on her way to work and the white woman was told this was a non-issue and not a police matter.
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