This black journalist, sports and culture specialist at the Los Angeles Times, has been arrested many times because “he was taken for another”. For him, the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis is yet another trauma.
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I was really not feeling well on Tuesday [May 26]. My whole body was tense, my stomach knotted and the headache I was trying to get rid of wouldn’t go away. In general, I tend to arm myself, but that day, I decided to fully accept what I felt.
For some, the video of the death of George Floyd, arrested by four Minneapolis police officers, is a terrible shock. But not for me. I may have a tendency to hide behind a shell, but I’m always on my guard. I learned early on that I couldn’t afford the luxury of not being.
I was only 12 years old when a police officer put his gun on my neck while he pressed his knee on my back. I had to go buy a liter of milk, I went home traumatized. When the police officer handcuffed me, he said I looked like a guy who had committed a burglary.
Same situation ten years later: I was a professional journalist just out of school when I was arrested in my car and handcuffed. The police asked me what I was doing in the neighborhood. When I told him that I lived there, he refused to believe that I could afford it.
Another episode: this time, I am in my thirties and I have just moved in with the man who will become my husband in his very white suburb of Michigan. Once again, I am stopped by the police behind the wheel and handcuffed. With yet another policeman who takes me for another.
Six years ago: I’m now over forty and I’m sent by CNN to cover the Ferguson riots on the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri. Then again, I am arrested because I allegedly look like a