Former Pro Baseball Player Writes About Being Profiled in his Own Driveway

  • Doug Glanville shares a personal story about being profiled at his own home

Doug Glanville, who has done a lot of writing since his retirement from Major League Baseball, including a book and frequent guest columns for the New York Times, shared a personal story of his own profiling experience. The story isn’t that of threats or great harm, rather of the quiet, and all too commonplace, oppression of racial stereotyping. 

Connecticut, and Hartford in particular, have a reputation of racial division, but such examples are hardly limited to there. These things happen all the time, and most people are not rich athletes with attorney wives and neighbors. This situations predicate a lot of criminal charges, and many more circumstances do not even make it to criminal court. 

I think it’s great that Mr. Glanville seeks to use this as an opportunity to create dialogue. He points out, “As an article in the April issue of The Atlantic points out, these practices have “side effects.” They may help police find illegal drugs and guns, but they also disenfranchise untold numbers of people, making them feel like suspects … all of the time.” I thought back to the recent LCSO story where a black man got his phone temporarily taken, and the reason he had it out was because he felt he was being harassed. He was also a black man who, even if his rights weren’t overstepped, probably has lost some faith in law enforcement. That is a detriment to law enforcement everywhere: the collective perception of bias and discrimination. 

Please share Mr. Glanville’s story, and promote the dialogue whenever you can. 

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/

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