Now we have SAEACWB** in Los Angeles:
“The trials and tribulations of being a black man.
“Had a wrestling show today. My car was acting up again, so Steph dropped me off. After the show I walked to a gas station not far away to buy cigarettes, a bottle of water and a cookie and wait for her to pick me up. Just as I was standing around wondering what the hell I was going to use for my 365 days shot so late in the day, two cop cars pulled up next to me.
“‘What are you doing sir?’
“‘I’m waiting for a ride.’
“If my people have learned anything over the years, it’s to be as polite and cordial to the police as possible. I certainly wasn’t looking to have my ass Rodney Kinged tonight.”
on being a black man in a white man’s world…, Chris Maverick, August 5, 2007 (hat tip LJV)
We live in a world where Rodney King is a verb. If it’s this fucked-up, you know you’re in Los Angeles.
*Being pulled over by the cops for Driving While Black.
**Being questioned by the cops for Standing Around Eating A Cookie While Black.
Update 080807: Oops, this happened in Pittsburgh, not LA.