It would seem America is finally waking up to this mistreatment of Black people at the hands of police. While this kind of racism and injustice has been going on for…ever, the protests launched by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police seem to have finally forced enough white people to pay attention that the outrage hasn’t just quietly died out in a couple of days.

And though the brutal treatment of protestors by law enforcement has certainly driven home the need for reform, the difference between how Black people and white people have been treated by police over the years has always served to highlight the deeply ingrained racism in the police force, as well as the country in general.

Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff took to Twitter this week to share a long string of run-ins she, as a white woman, has had with police over the years. Not only is she still alive, when Black people have been killed for far less, but she has no criminal record and has gone on to have a successful career and life. In other words, despite doing the same sorts of things that have ruined Black people’s lives, she has thrived.

“When I was 15, I was chased through a mall by police who were yelling ‘Stop thief!’” she begins. “I had thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise on me. I was caught, booked, sentenced to 6 months of probation, required to see a parole officer weekly. I was never even handcuffed.”

Vernoff goes on to detail more crimes she committed, including drunk driving…

…and multiple violent outbursts.

And these weren’t the only incidents, either.

Vernoff adds that she and her friends were caught drinking or doing drugs on multiple occasions when she was young, but police didn’t arrest them, and certainly did not kill them.

People love to make excuses for police who shoot Black people for non-violent things like fleeing from them.

But the cops don’t seem to have that same kind of “my life is in danger from this person running away from me” energy when it comes to white criminals.

And this is why, she says, the police need to be defunded.

The inequalities just jump right out.

And plenty of white people had similar stories to Vernoff’s

Just as Black people had tales that put police bias on display.

Whether you think the system is broken or that it’s always been intended to work against Black people and people of color and is, therefore, working just fine, one thing’s for sure — whatever this is, it’s not right.

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*First Published: June 17, 2020, 6:21 am