A white UCLA student attempts to teach a black cop about racism, but there’s just one problem: he lived through segregation in Jackson, Miss.
The video begins with the student asking the cop, “As a person of color, are you ashamed to be part of such a corrupt system? As a black man have you ever experienced racism?”
“It has nothing to do with race,” responded the cop, before then adding, “I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, OK? Where the restrooms had ‘colored only’ and ‘whites only.’ I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. My mom had to sit in the back with all of us. So, I grew up in the Deep South when I was 16-years-old, so I know racism, okay? I can spot it.”
The student lectures the cop on racism, telling him that “racism comes in many different forms” including women clutching their purses as black men walk by. The cop shakes his head as she is speaking. “You don’t think all colors have racism in ‘em?” he asks.
“I think everyone is capable of discrimination,” says the student.
“There you go, absolutely,” says the cop.
“Racism is different. Racism is a structure of power to keep you down!” the student shouted. “You are a black man!”
She then points her finger at him: “You are kept down by your race even if you won’t accept it! It is a fact of your life!”
“I respect your opinion,” said the cop patiently.
He mentions that cops are treated differently because of their uniforms, and she dismisses that as “bias not discrimination” because “it’s not based on your skin color. I’m talking about your race! The color of your skin… You’re a black man! You will never reach the same pinnacle as a white man in this system because you are black!”
The other protestors cheer this line.
“Let me ask you a question,” responds the cop. “What do you do to help the community, in your free time?”
“I’m a college student!” she shouts back. “I’m conducting research – this is a part of my research! This is what black people experience and how they experience it.” Hilariously, she says: “I’m bringing things into my community academically.”
“So in my free time, I go back to my neighborhood, work with the students. Don’t get paid …” the cop says.
He’s soft-spoken, and shouted-down by the student: “Are you helping your black community out?”
“It doesn’t matter what race they are,” he says.
“YES IT DOES! YES IT DOES!” the students all shout.
“So, I should go to a school and volunteer and tell all the African-American
students, ‘I want to help you out,’ but all the others, the Asians, the Hispanic kids, not help them out?” The officer asked.
“YES!” they shout.
“That’s wrong! C’mon!” he says.
“You are a black police officer!”
This is the state of college education today – white students shout down and lecture black men who actually lived through segregation on what racism is and tell this black man he should reverse-discriminate in his spare time.