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What Michael Bennet’s Encounter with the Police Tells Us About the Reality of Power We All Face Every Day
The Michael Bennett incident in which the Seattle Seahawks’ Defense End was arrested after the Mayweather/McGregor fight reveals something far more troubling than whether Bennet was targeted for being black. Don’t get me wrong, being targeted by police for being black would be a major problem in and of itself, but so often these cases of potential abuse of blacks by police end up producing conversations and debates that fail to go to the root of an issue that affects not just blacks, but everyone and anyone that might come up against a police officer who has decided he or she is the absolute authority and you are the absolute slave who MUST obey, without question, or else you will face potentially lethal force in response.
Now, before I dive deep into this whole case, let me throw out a few caveats here. First, when it comes to incidents that may reveal police abuse, the information coming out is often not reliable, be it the story the cops tell or the story the alleged victims tell. While I will cover what is known about this case, I won’t be taking a definitive stance on what actually happened. Rather, I will be using this incident to highlight the ROOT ISSUE that is constantly being missed EVERY TIME one of these incidents comes to the fore.
Let’s go over what we know so far, as well as what the parties involved in this incident are saying or not saying. First of all, let’s go back in time, just a little, to a recent move made by Bennett in connection to the Colin Kaepernick protest.
On August 13th, 2017, just two weeks before the incident that occurred the night (early morning) of the Mayweather/McGregor fight on August 267h, Michael Bennet made headlines when he decided to sit during the national anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Bennet stated, in part, “I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve and I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message and keep finding out how unselfish we can be in society, how we can continuously love one another and understand that people are different.”
In his statement, he even went out of his way to validate the state, the military. He said, “I want to make sure people understand I love the military — my father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American.”
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