Hey everybody, Cara here. Welcome to the first WTF Wednesday, where I’ll be talking about the recent stories that made me say WTF.
To start things off:
Let’s talk about the NYPD’s epic fail of a hashtag: #myNYPD. The NYPD Twitter account asked people to submit photos of officers using the hashtag and boy, was that a mistake. Instead of images of positive and helpful interactions, the hashtag was used to show tons of pictures of police brutality, most of which happened during Occupy Wall Street. Oops. Should have seen that one coming.
A new neighborhood watch has made its presence known in Fairview Township, PA, and they are staffed by none other than the local chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. That’s right. The KKK is protecting community members from a recent slew of break-ins in the area and I, for one, feel safer already.
For those who might be concerned about how this impacts African American community members and other residents of color, fear not. Pennlive.com reported that Frank Ancona (uh, this guy), the organization’s imperial wizard and president, assured that people of color will not be targeted:
“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program. It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity. We would report anything we see to law enforcement,” Ancona said. “We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”
I can’t help but be reminded of another self-appointed “neighborhood watchman.” Implicit bias against people of color, and black men in particular, can be deadly. Here’s hoping this story doesn’t end with more even violence against innocent people of color under the pretense of protection.
Alright y’all, that’s it for this week. Comment below and let me know what’s got you saying WTF.