Walking While Black
EXT. Momence. Night
I arrived in Momence on a cool summer night. Sounds of children laughing and playing can be heard along with the crackling of wood in a bonfire. The smell of BBQ filled the night air. I walk inside the gas station to get snacks and something to drink. As I go to pay for my items, I call my friends and let them know I’ll be there soon. I walk outside when I feel a chill rundown my spine. Something just doesn’t feel right.
Keenan- Man! I can’t wait to meet up with everyone. This party is about to be so dope.
As I was getting ready to cross the street I notice a cop slowly creep into the gas station parking lot. He’s staring at me with a cold look in his eyes.
Keenan- Damn bro, he’s staring kinda hard for no reason? I don’t know, it’s probably nothing though.
I look back at the gas station again and notice the cop is gone. I think nothing of it and go to put my headphones in when I hear a loud gruff voice yell out “hey!”. I look to my left and see the cop.
Police Officer- Aye man what are you doing? Where are you going?
Keenan- oh, I’m just on my way to a friends house.
Police Officer- well let’s make sure you stay out of trouble. I wouldn’t want to have to come arrest your ass.
The Officer drives off in a hurry. It seems like he was acting weird. I paid it no mind, put my headphones in and kept walking. About ten minutes pass when I see the cop waiting for me again.
Police Officer- Seems like you’re not at your “friends” house yet. C’mon man what are you really doing.
Keenan- That’s what I’m still doing sir. It’s just a long walk.
Police Officer- Yeah a “long walk” if you say so.
The Officer shakes his head and drives off again. I don’t know why but I think he’s racially profiling me. I’d better hurry and get to my destination. After another ten minutes of walking I once again see the cop waiting.
Police Officer- Still not at your “friends house” huh? You know what I think you’re lying and just up to no good.
Keenan- Sir, I said earlier it was a long walk. If you want to take me there I’ll give you the directions.
Police Officer- Yeah there’s no need for me to do that. Just make sure you don’t do anything to get arrested.
I dropped my face in my hands and let out a deep sigh. When I looked back up he was gone.
Keenan- Bro, why is this cop just harassing me? I could understand if I looked suspicious but I don’t. It’s also clear he’s racially profiling me.
As I finally reach the end of the bridge sure enough there he is.
Police Officer- I think I’ll just cuff you now cause I honestly don’t believe you’re going to a friends house. It’s obvious at this point.
Keenan- Sir, I keep telling you it’s a long walk but you decide to keep harassing me and I feel like you’re just racially profiling me now.
Police Officer- Oh so now I’m profiling you? Well maybe if you weren’t!-
Keenan- If I wasn’t what sir? Black?
The Officer drives off one last time without saying anything. He didn’t stop me anymore after the last encounter but he was still following me until I reached my friends house. If that wasn’t racism then what was it?
How can I pledge allegiance to the flag when they're killing all our children and locking up our dads, trapped in a place where when they murder us it becomes a disgusting fad, and yet you want me to pledge allegiance the flag?
How can I pledge allegiance to the flag when they continue to crucify my people just for being black, precious life is taken and the only way they're remembered is through a hashtag, afraid to call 911 cause when police come we become the punching bag, How can I pledge allegiance to the flag.....
Written by Keenan R.