My teen-aged son and I will be traveling by car from PA to NC today, and as fate would have it: we are both Black. We’re O.K. with that. We hope you are too.
There are a lot of things going on in our wonderful, albeit complicated, country right now that I know I do not have to explain. I see and read the news. And I know you do too.
That said: I thought I’d take a moment to mention a few things in the event you decide to pull me over for a broken tail light, or another one of the routine traffic stops I’ve grown so accustomed to in my forty years of driving.
The car I will be driving is not stolen. We will not be armed or traveling with illegal drugs or alcohol. Our seat belts will be on and, if we are pulled over, our hands will be in plain sight.
We are not thugs. Although I must confess, we are die hard Giants fans. But nobody is perfect.
We have no plans to commit any crimes while in route to our destination or during the return trip home; yet I understand we might possibly fit the description of others who have.
I hope we do not. But if we do, please keep in mind that “you” could actually be mistaken should you encounter us.
Most importantly: we want you to know that we do not and will never judge all of you by your worst examples because we know they are the minority.
Please don’t judge us by ours because we know that they, too, are the minority!
We’ll be praying for your safety out there.
P.S.: If you’re driving under the posted speed limit and it’s not an emergency; I am going to pass you. Don’t take it personal. It’s not a crime. But I digress. That’s a post for another time.