Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Does Racism Exist Today?
This past weekend a URI graduate was driving home from school and it was late, 2am to be exact, and he was pulled over for speeding. To help paint the picture for you, he drives an Audi and it looks nice and shiny and he's of Guatemalan descent so he looks Spanish. Well he was asked to step out of the car, they tore the shirt off his back and proceeded to hit him. They yelled racial comments like "Where are the drugs? and We know your kind." They gave him a sobriety test and I don't know if taking off your shoes is a new added addition but he was made to do that. When he passed it the first time they made him do it all over again. They searched his car over and over again, they found nothing. He kept telling them that he had just graduated from URI, didn't sell drugs, and had no idea why they were doing this to him. After what seemed like hours and after much abuse both verbally and physically, they told him he could go. They didn't issue him a speeding ticket or a warning, just told him he could go. When he didn't leave fast enough, they asked him "Why are you still here?" He responded that he had to call his father to come get him because he was too distraught to drive. He doesn't know their names, badge numbers, but he knows there were two guys and a woman. Does racism still exist? This is a true story! Spread the word, don't help silence these racists. This is all I can think to do to help correct this wrong.