I was 6.
I was told to be quiet.
Say yes ma’am/sir.
Keep my hands visible.
Never reach in my pockets or purse.
When I became a teenager and started driving, I was told to have my insurance and registration in the visor above my head. When I was being pulled over, before the cops got out of their cars, I was told to have all of my doors locked, my window cracked, my insurance, license, and registration on the dashboard with my hands on the wheel.
I still do all of that, but now I call someone or start recording. Yes it’s alot, but necessary. I have a family to get home to. My son, now 2, will get that lesson when he’s 4 or 5. No, it’s not too young. Statistics show police view black children appearing to be older as early as 7. This gives me 2 years to prepare.
You shouldn’t have to take diversity training to treat people with respect, but apparently, it’s necessary. Treating people humanely requires a class.
Reflecting on the Kinks:
I’m interested in knowing what have been your experiences when having to interact with cops.
- How old were you when your parents taught you how? What did your parents tell you to do?
- How old were your kids when you taught them? What did you tell them to do?