It was my Senior year at a small Liberal Arts College in Maryland, just outside the District of Columbia. A police officer had been fatally shot and a man hunt was on for the suspect. During this time I went to pick up one of my Bermudian friends to check out a church, that he would be preaching at. After picking him up we were stopped at a stop sign and a police siren starts blaring. I pull over to get out of the way. I look out my window and see four undercover policemen approaching us with M-16’s and other hand guns drawn. In the moment I have no idea what is going on and was in shock. I had never been in that type of situation before in my life. They started yelling at me to turn off my engine. The only words I can utter is “Yes Officer”. The officers were still searching for that same cop killer. Since I was a white guy driving a black guy they wanted to make sure I wasn’t being abducted. I know some would be upset about the situation because of racial profiling, but I can’t fault the police because of the high tensions at the time. They did eventually catch the cop killer. Even though I was scared and stressed out at the moment. I can now sit back and chuckle with my friends, Colorblind, about this story.
I wrote this for my wife’s blog a few years ago. Just thought I would share it again.
I was having a conversation with my three year old this morning at breakfast.
Abby: Daddy, you are my black daddy!!
Daddy: Really? How is that Abby?
Abby: Because you just are!!!
Daddy: You and mommy have been watching to many Cosby episodes!!
All I could do is chuckle and think about my friendships. For those of you who don’t know me that well.
Are you sensing a pattern. Many of my friends are African American. I have been accused of being a Racist, and all I do is chuckle and have to say that you obviously don’t know me very well. The song Colored People by DC Talk tends to sum up my philosophy on race relations.