“Is this your car?”: Like Sandra Bland, I confronted an officer who pulled me over for driving while black – Salon.com

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“Is this your car?”: Like Sandra Bland, I confronted an officer who pulled me over for driving while black – Salon.com – When he returned to the driver’s window, I calmly informed the cop that he was making me late for work. He smirked. I asked if I could exit the vehicle to show him something. He thought that was funny: a gainfully employed black woman with a job she deemed worthy enough to leave the sanctuary of her car for. Curiosity put a silly smile on his face. He authorized me to get out. We walked to the rear of the Jeep where I usually kept my expensive work equipment. He thought I was joking. What kind of equipment could a hooker possibly have that wasn’t already on her person? That’s how the cop sized me up. I asked permission to open the hatch, always careful to be slow…

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