I got a text:
So, I got pulled over. What do I do?
If you are a parent, you probably would read the text with a mix of dread and anger. Not me.
Mine was all about the fear.
See, my son is black and it’s the first time he’s been pulled over.
I gave him the same advice I’ve given him for years.
- Be respectful
- Keep your hands in plain sight
- Sign the ticket when he hands it to you
- ASK before you reach for your license
- Call me when it’s over
My son is a good kid. But, tonight, more than ever before, I became acutely aware that he’s also black.
It turned out fine.
Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.
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