This man was metaphorically pulled over for “parenting while white and male”. Twice. The first time was in 2008:
Two-year old Ty particularly loves a nearby neighborhood park, so off we went around mid-morning with her tiny hand wrapped around my index finger. After a fun time, we took a different route going back, at Ty’s suggestion, in order to pass by a house where she knows she’ll often see (and get to pet) a couple of friendly cats. Two blocks from home, an Austin police officer pulled up and, to my surprise, got out and announced she was there to question me. Someone had called 911, she said, to report a suspicious looking white man walking down the street holding hands with a black toddler. (I could tell where this line of questioning was headed.) She said this as though it were the most natural thing in the world for police to investigate,as though my race and Ty’s, in and of itself, was reason enough to stop and question me. I asked if we could leave, but the officer kept me there demanding answers. “Someone complained,” she declared, “we have to follow up.”
While the second time was last week:
Henson, who describes himself as “an almost stereotypical-looking white Texas redneck,” said he was walking home from a roller skating rink with his 5-year-old granddaughter Ty, who is African-American, on Friday night. “The officers got out with tasers drawn demanding I raise my hands and step away from the child,” Henson said. “I complied, and they roughly cuffed me, jerking my arms up behind me needlessly. Meanwhile, Ty edged up the hill away from the officers, crying.” Henson said he provided officers with phone numbers they needed to verify that Ty was his granddaughter, “but for quite a while nobody seemed too interested in verifying my ‘story.’ How hard would it have been to perform a safety check without running up on me like I’m John Dillinger and scaring the crap out of a five-year-old? I hated for a five-year-old to be subjected to such an experience,” Henson said. “I’d like her to view police as people she can trust instead of threats to her and her family, but it’s possible I live in the wrong neighborhood for that.”
Rarely do we see anti-White and anti-male bias, two facets of the same lib-theology stone, depicted in such sharp relief. Really, they come from the same place in the soul, that place that demands an Other to hate, the foil against which an entire political edifices are defined. Feminists demonize the malevolent male,then define themselves as opposite of the half-truth strawman they’ve erected. Ditto with whites; to people of European origin are attributed the ills of the modern world, and whites (particularly white males) are liberal fascism’s juden.* This episode strikes me as the poster-child expression of both of these bigotries. Weissenhassen of the sort that can’t countenance a white raising a non-white child, and a misandry that reflexively eyes with suspicion any male in a caregiver role, despite the fact that the safest place in the world for a child to be is in the arms of his or her biological father.
“Someone complained”. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to the demographics of that “someone”? Although I suppose one could argue that he was asking for it, since he was so blatantly race- and sex-baiting (e.g., white male in a high-crime neighborhood walking hand-in-hand with a 5 yo black girl).
* These incidents happened in Austin, no slouch as far as left-liberal burgs go.
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