Charles Blow revealed on Twitter this weekend that the concern and experiences of Black men targeted by cops and authorities are all too real. In fact, it hit home. On Saturday, Blow’s son Tahj was interrogated at gunpoint on the Yale University campus by Yale Police because he was mistaken for a burglar that was at large.
Tahi left the campus library around 5:45 p.m. The Yale Police Department was on the search for a thief that fit the description of “a tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat.” And according to student reports, the suspect was also someone who “had just entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone.” Tahj and the cops crossed paths in the same campus vicinity and for some reason, the cops felt there was a need to detain him at gunpoint. That’s a very aggressive tactic, considering what the officers were looking for their suspect for in the first place–burglary. Also no reports have shown that Tahj was behaving aggressively towards the officers for them to pull their guns.
The actual suspect was later arrested and charged with felony burglaries. The chief office of the Yale Police Department have since confirmed they are conducting an internal review of this incident, but Blow wouldn’t let his disappointment and anger at Yale’s behavior subside. That same night he vented in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter:
Charles Blow is a prominent visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times and recent memoirist. He’s written largely about racial prejudice in America, including commentary on last year’s most profiled cases, the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. He may have disclosed the distressful experience of his son online to show that the hostility or antagonism towards Black men doesn’t doesn’t exclude those in an ivy league college. Today, the NYTimes published his newest piece, Library Visit, Then Held At Gunpoint.
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