Knowing Your Rights Does Not Guarantee The Privilege of Life… Unless

Sandra Bland's rights were violated.

 The underlying consensus in this country seems to be if ANY person knows their Constitutional Rights,  he or she has nothing to fear when police interaction is involved. Clearly, that’s BULLSHIT. We have seen for at least one century that this privilege only exists for certain people. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.

 The amendment has become a hot topic in the Supreme Court mainly because of its ambiguity and it being largely interpretative by state and city jurisdictions. HOW CONVENIENT! A centuries old document, which is supposedly the Supreme Law of the Land, means nothing unless you are white. There are two very different standards in most of these situations. I won’t even begin to dissect the recurring violations against minorities (namely black folks) with regard to the Bill of Rights but that’s another post.

Sandra Bland died mysteriously in police custody after a bogus arrest.
Sandra Bland died mysteriously in police custody after a bogus arrest.

Let’s take a look at an intelligent sister, who after complying with this jackass of a cop, was asked to put out her lit cigarette while smoking in HER car and, subsequently, had her head slammed into the ground after being asked to exit her vehicle while asking why she was being detained in the first place. She, also, disclosed that she was epileptic and he was completely unbothered. White arrogance reared its ugly head even AFTER THIS BASTARD ABUSES a law abiding citizen.

 Brian Encinia NEVER answered her directly and threatens  to “light her up” with a taser before she was being arrested for resisting arrest. Excuse me! Resisting arrest is a secondary charge that accompanies another charge that was NEVER revealed. So what if she seemed pissy for being stopped for failure to signal as she explained that she was getting out of HIS WAY. Three days later- Sandra Bland was found dead later in her cell July 13th and a barrage of accounts have come to surface.

Deputy Dinkheller
Deputy Dinkheller

Help me understand the disparity!

There are countless videos and news stories on the internet that corroborate the disparaging distinction of white privilege with the involvement of law enforcement. In 1998, Deputy Kyle Dinkheller was murdered by a drunk, old white Vietnam vet during a routine traffic stop for speeding in Georgia. At the time of the murder, Andrew Brennan was forty-nine years old. He proceeded to exit his truck and arrogantly mock and harass Dinkheller. Brennan wasn’t compliant ON ANY LEVEL. Incredibly, he menaced the cop, returned to his truck after multiple commands by the deputy to stop, brandished a god damn rifle and even fired multiple shots. At what point was this man NOT A DAMN THREAT?

The police officer was shot nine times and Brennan finished him like an opponent in a video game. Brennan was shot once in the abdomen from a defensive gunshot wound. The entire interaction was three minutes and twenty-seven seconds long and captured on video. You can hear the officer’s horrific screams and his final moments before Brennan gets back in his truck and drives away. How did Brennan make it home to see his family? Was his face friendly and smiling? *Insert Asesu side eye*

Scene of the Crime
Scene of the Crime

An incident in Barstow, California between a white woman and an eight months pregnant black woman at an elementary school shows an entirely different interaction with the cops. The white cop engaged pleasantly with the first mother and clearly says on the video that it doesn’t appear that a crime has been committed. He didn’t ask her name or if there were any witnesses. He, simply, had a conversation with her.

Charlena Cooks, on the other hand, was asked for her account and then told that she had to identify herself even after she had already stated that she had just walked her daughter into the school.  Charlena does, in fact, identify herself as “Michelle” to the police officer but the kicker is she wasn’t being detained so she didn’t have to legally. The black woman was visibly pregnant and was attacked by 2 or more officers- of course under the guise of resisting arrest. Nothing was damaged and there was no altercation or any other alleged crime committed so why would one parent be arrested and not the other? Who the hell continues to tackle an almost due pregnant women to the ground in the prone position?

Charlena Cooks
Charlena Cooks

Many times, these racist cops are decorated with accolades from their departments including the ones like Eric Casebolt. He is the shitbag officer that pulled his weapon on two, unarmed black boys and slammed a young black girl in a bikini on the ground and subsequently put his knee on her back. He resigns but gets to keep his pension and benefits. HOW LOVELY! He was sued in 2008 in federal court for racial profiling, harassment, failure to render aid and sexual assault by a black man that he arrested and brutalized but HE wins policeman of the year? #FOH

Racist cop Eric Debolt with his knee in a little girl's back because she's so threatening.
Racist cop Eric Debolt with his knee in a little girl’s back because she’s so threatening.

The disrespect is BLATANT. We are literally being told, “Your rights don’t mean shit on my watch.” It has never been an issue of knowing our rights. Hell, we’ve been fighting to exercise our rights to a peaceful existence in this country since Reconstruction. When children our born in this country, there has to be a secret box which the privileged check to ensure their kids, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, brothers, husbands, and wives make it home safely at night. It sure would be nice to be on the inner circle being an American and all.

Stay safe Black America!


K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, bruja, Oni Yemaya, palera,  professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao”, Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist” and a freelance contributor for major publications like The Root, VSB, Huffington Post, My Brown Baby and The Glow Up.

​Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

2 Replies to “Knowing Your Rights Does Not Guarantee The Privilege of Life… Unless”

  1. Was going through a few of your posts. Very well written.

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your feedback.

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