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Walking and Challenging an Officer While Black: Woman Forcibly Arrested at Arizona State University

I have long maintained that African American women and African American men experience racism in this country, although at times in different ways. Unfortunately, many of the injustices that happen to Black women don't get the same kind of attention. That's ridiculous, and we all have a responsibility to raise just as much hell when this kind of thing happens to our sisters.

It goes without saying, as far as I'm concerned, that this entire ordeal with Dr. Ersula Ore escalated because of the officer's early judgment and actions. There appears to be a presumption, however, in our society, that under no circumstances is it acceptable and/or reasonable (especially for Black folks) to challenge the judgment of police officers. I think that's nonsense.

I don't have a whole lot more to add to the back and forth about what transpired.  I just hope that her attorney rises to the challenge, and provides her with the kind of legal representation that she'll need to beat this mess. Unfortunately, I'm not encouraged by what I've seen so far.

I'm sharing this video because I want people to see this over and over again, and to continue to be reminded. It's uncomfortable to watch. And that's the point. I would absolutely hate for this to happen to any of the women I know, and there's no reason I should be less offended with this having happened to Dr. Ore.

It's unacceptable, and we should continue to raise our voices about what's happening there in Arizona!

Read more here for additional details about the incident...

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