I remember my Dad telling me in the car one day how to deal with police when I get pulled over. Turn off my car. Put my keys on the dash. If instructed to, hands up when I get out of the car. Keep low soft tones when speaking.
I had a reckless attitude growing up so I did the complete opposite, I yelled in their faces, balled up my fist at one. I’ve been screamed at in the back of a cop car before being driven to jail for just a minor violation. Though I’ve accumulated heavy fines and court fees, not once have I been assaulted by police nor been shot. Yet, I know if I was a BLACK MAN talkin out my face at one, I wouldn’t even be typing this.
I never thought I would see this in SAINT LOUIS, MY CITY. And the feeling of this ‘catch a n*gga by the toe’ epidemic reaching home has me angry. They’re gunning down black men in America like it’s deer season… and all l we can do is try not to land in their crosshairs.
One day I’ll have sons, and I’ll have to teach them ‘the protocol’, but I’ll have to pray for them before they step out of my house… because sadly ‘the protocol’ may not save their lives.