Bad Old Racial Profiling: Interview With Victim

One of Black men racially profiled by a cop in a wealthy neighborhood speaks out.

Racial profiling is a harsh reality for drivers of color. In this case, two Black men, Alphonza Mabry and Steven Jumper, were driving in a rich neighborhood in Randolph County, North Carolina and were stopped by a police officer, as it appeared the neighborhood was too “white” or “rich” for them.

Racial profiling in law enforcement isn’t only wrong, but also ineffective. Race-based assumptions in law enforcement perpetuate negative racial stereotypes that are harmful to our rich and diverse democracy, and materially impair our efforts to maintain a fair and just society.

One of the most heated cases in law enforcement is the profiling of individuals based solely upon race, ethnicity or national origin of the individual. The extent to which racial stereotyping is used in identifying “suspicious” individuals is a key point of contention in the debate over racial profiling.

Statistics point out that African American and other minorities drivers are stopped and searched at a disproportionately high rate in comparison to white drivers.

As seen in the video below, these Black men were stopped just because they looked like they didn’t belong to that neighborhood, which is absolutely wrong. People of all races should be treated equally and also have complete freedom of movement as long as they aren’t breaking any laws.

Here is an interview with Alphonza Mabry, as he speaks about the incident, racial profiling in law enforcement and racism in the USA.

 

blackmattersus.com
Hello Alphonza, we all saw the video and what happened at the end, but why do you think the incident occurred in the first place?
Alphonza Mabry
Well, there is no question about it, we were racially profiled. There is no denying it, two black men, Steven Jumper and myself, driving in a nice neighborhood. We looked like we didn’t belong there and we were up to no good just because of the color of our skin.
blackmattersus.com
If I may ask, what do you do for a living?
Alphonza Mabry
I am a real estate investor. Steve and I are also in network marketing, we are part of a company called total life changes (TLC).
blackmattersus.com
Was it your first encounter with the police? Has any of your friends or members of your family experienced police brutality?
Alphonza Mabry
No, I have not experienced anything like this in the past, we just happened to catch this on video. But yes, some of my friends have experienced it.
blackmattersus.com
If you were alone in the car, would you have reacted differently?
Alphonza Mabry
Well, no. We always behave ourselves like the gentlemen that we are, we don’t cause any problems to anyone. As seen in the video, we cooperated with the police and tried not to disrespect him.
blackmattersus.com
Do you think cops have the right to forbid a person to be somewhere he or she wants to be? Does this rule work for white people too?
Alphonza Mabry
No, no, we all have the same constitutional rights. As long as you aren’t trespassing we all have the right to be wherever we want to be. Yes, that works for everybody irrespective of your race.
blackmattersus.com
It was really fun to watch the cop’s reaction at the end. I think he was pretty shocked but how did you and your friend feel yourselves?
Alphonza Mabry
Well, before that, we were kind of scared. Because at the end of the day, it was just the two of us and him alone and he followed us to the door. But we were in the light and after it was all over, we felt good. It felt a bit bad just because we shouldn’t have to go through that because we weren’t doing anything wrong. It felt great to prove to the police that we weren’t wrong.
blackmattersus.com
What do you think we should do to stop cops from being racists?
Alphonza Mabry
I think they should be well trained. Some people were raised to think down on the minority and other races, so I don’t think it’s just the police.
blackmattersus.com
What’s your take on racism in the USA?
Alphonza Mabry
It is bad, quite bad.

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