Until this type of racist idiocy – “nosy neighbors concerned that a black man was parked in their neighborhood” stops happening in America – and even in places like liberal Arlington, Virginia – we’ve got a serious problem that still needs to be dealt with. And no, denial of systemic racism certainly isn’t going to change that fact.
I wasn’t goin to post this but, after a few days to think it over I’ve decided to share my experience. Over the years i’ve had several run-ins with nosy neighbors concerned that a black man was parked in their neighborhood. Usually it’s “can I help you” and I reply wit a quick “no”. Then it’s what are you taking pictures for.. I never respond to that one. It’s simply none of their business. Well… the other day I was in Arlington parked waiting for an appointment when a man came over and asked me if I needed any help, of course I didn’t . I informed the gentleman that I didn’t need any assistance. Honestly – I was offended. Every black person￼ knows what this means… I am retired from the US Army with a Bronze Star. I am also a former Federal Law Enforcement Officer. I’ve taught my kids through the years to be good citizens to be good people in general but it seems as though things change￼ slowly…
After the gentleman didn’t get the response he expected, he reached out to a few other neighbors one of them called the police. 10 mins later I was pulled out of the house where my appointment was and interrogated by Arlingtons finest… now over the years I’ve photographed thousands of homes celebrities notable politicians (Obama’s home) as well as regular priced homes. NEVER have I been so embarrassed. It was hurtful and demeaning in so many ways. The video that follows captures some of the emotion and frustration I felt during this situation. It could’ve gotten a lot worse… we’ve seen this many times as of late. It’s time for change.