Twitter | Search | |
Rosalarianti-fascist
The last time I called the police was many many years back and it forever cemented why it’s a bad idea. (Don’t worry, nobody gets hurt.) [thread]
Reply Retweet Like More
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
There was a van parked in my front yard, that little patch of grass between the street and the sidewalk. The van door was open, and a bunch of people were just…hanging out for hours. It was weird, but also they weren’t really doing anything.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
I was set to ignore them, but my “intern” was getting paranoid. My intern was a sheltered, conservative white girl. “They’re probably casing your house to rob it later,” she said. She kept insisting I call the police.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
She pressured me enough that I did, figuring the cops would tell them to just move along and that would be the end of it. (Honestly, I figured it was most likely a case of “Oh man this is where Grandma lived when I was a kid. Let’s stop and remember the good times!”)
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
I explained the situation to the person on the other line, very calm because I wasn’t actually worried. The very first thing they said to me when I finished speaking: “What is their race?”
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
Now, they were all black, but I knew that had nothing to do with it, and the question was extremely racist. I knew answering truthfully would lead to nothing good, and I also knew that if there was really something wrong, it would be wrong regardless of the race of the people.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
So I had a choice. I could be a white woman calling the cops on a bunch of black people who weren’t hurting anybody and probably get them arrested, or I could Not Do That. “I can’t really see,” I said. “I think they’re white.”
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
The tone of the person on the other end changed from concerned to annoyed that I was wasting their time. “We’ll send someone to talk to them,” they said. They never did.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
Nobody showed up to bother the hypothetical white people, but they were very interested to do so when they thought it might be people of color. The people in the van left on their own without incident or confrontation.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
I never trusted the police ever again after that. They were already on shaky ground with me after they slut shamed me and brushed me off when I was a victim in a blackmailing case. But this incident sealed the deal.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
The point of this story is not to applaud myself for not potentially getting some black people killed. I just want to point out how white women calling the cops on black people is both a choice on the part of white women and something that is *encouraged by law enforcement*.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
There is a long history of specifically white WOMEN overreacting to black men that makes cops ~~salivate~~. We have to make the choice NOT to be part of that system. We have to be aware of our role in the racist system and actively THWART it and thwart OTHER WHITE WOMEN.
Reply Retweet Like
Rosalarianti-fascist Jun 5
Replying to @rosalarian
And fuck, we have to learn what an actual threat is. JFC, black people within 20 feet of you is not it.
Reply Retweet Like