The difference between a white guy breaking into a car and a black guy breaking into a car

Simple Misfits conducted a test. They had a white guy spend 30 minutes ostentatiously trying to break into a car. Everyone ignored him, including a passing police officer. Then they had a black guy do the same th—-LET'S SEE YOUR FUCKING HANDS, GET UP AGAINST THE WALL. [via Gawker]

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  1. While I do think that some racial profiling/bias exists, the two guys and the target car are in two different parts of town. While the conclusion is provocative, I'm not 100% convinced that this location swap did not affect the results of the experiment.

  2. SamSam says:

    That is the racism.

    I think no one is that surprised that the police come when you try and break into a car. But the racism is precisely that the white guy gets a free pass.

    This is an absolutely perfect illustration of that excellent analogy posted around awhile back that got lots of people (i.e. white men) riled up: Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

    If this were Grand Theft Auto, the white guy in this video is playing on the very easiest level: commit a crime in broad daylight and everyone assumes you're an innocent guy.

  3. You could post 10,000 more videos like this and some people would insist that racial profiling against black people isn't an issue in our culture.

  4. Seki says:

    Considering the abysmal racial relations, I'm actually relieved that the black actor didn't get shot, by some vigilante OR the cops. I would have been terrified to try this, in his place. That's so sad on so many levels.

  5. proof that honkies have been using race as a get-over since at least 1983:

    and it was still in effect through the 1990s. ask me how i know…

    (if you've never seen Style Wars, I heartily recommend the full program.)

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