Here we go again with the rules.
Now there is another new rule. No standing in front of a hotel and texting while black. Cause your black ass could get tackled by the police due to mistaken idenity. Mistaken identiy? Yeah cause all black men look alike. That’s what happened to former tennis pro James Blake while he was waiting outside a hotel for his ride to the US Open.
Retired black tennis star James Blake, in an NYPD double-fault, was slammed to a Manhattan sidewalk and handcuffed by a white cop in a brutal case of mistaken identity.
The 35-year-old Blake, once ranked No. 4 in the world, suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg as five cops eventually held him for 15 minutes Wednesday outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” Blake told the Daily News. “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”
Blake said none of the white cops identified themselves, including the officer who charged straight at the Harvard-educated athlete and bounced him off the E. 42nd St. concrete around noon.
“Don’t say a word,” snapped the officer, who Blake said was not wearing a badge.
It wasn’t until a former cop recognized James that they finally released him.
Blake — whose right eye appeared red hours later at the Midtown hotel — was only turned loose when a former cop recognized the man in cuffs and alerted the arresting officers, a police source said.
“That is James Blake, the tennis player,” the NYPD retiree told them.
How nice of him. Mr. Blake never did receive an apology from the cop who tackled him or anyone from the police department.
What have we learned here? Just cause you’re a black Harvard educated former tennis pro doesn’t mean you’re immune from profiling. Oh let’s not forget that some idiot out there will find a way of blaming James Blake for his misfortune. I mean he must have done something wrong to cause this case of mistaken identity.
And as I stated in my Laughing While Black blog post:
So black folks lets go over the rules again. No swimming, running, driving, playing, biking, walking, partying, shopping and add laughing to the list. Anything else we need to add to the list? Will it be talking while black? No breathing or sighing while black? Or no standing while black. Oh let’s not forget no fishing while black. Damn, we can’t do shit
Well add standing in front of a hotel and texting while black even if you are famous.