Driving near UCLA, Romeo Miller – the actor and rapper formerly known as Lil’ Romeo – was pulled over at gunpoint on suspicion that he was driving a stolen car. As a frightened Miller started to get his license and registration, the officer recognized him – he was safe. So why is he still scared?
“It’s scary for me because my brothers ain’t famous,” he said. “They bigger than me at 6’4, 6’5. These guys are intimidated by Black men.” He was saved by his celebrity status – but it shouldn’t have to be that way!
He also wasn’t surprised that the officer was Black. Even Black cops are a part of an anti-Black system.
As much as we acquire wealth, success, or celebrity, the system will always see us as a target. In other words, our tax dollars are feeding into a white supremacist system that aims to break us. This system has GOT to go.