The dangers of coming home from school while black:
Stacy Tyler said she had left her home unlocked because she knew her foster son, DeShawn Currie, would be arriving home from school. When neighbors spotted Currie, who is black, entering the Tyler residence, they immediately called police.
When they arrived, they ordered Currie to put his hands on the door. “For what?” he said he replied. “This is my house. Why are y’all here?” Officers then pointed to a photograph on the mantel of the Tyler’s natural born children, all of whom are white, at which point Currie became angry. After a brief argument, officers pepper-sprayed Currie in the face.
This story makes me angry for several reasons: First off, either the neighbors who called the police didn't know the family had a black foster child, which makes me angry the foster parents hadn't taken steps to shield DeShawn from possible (likely?) confusion like this. Or the neighbors did know, and they did this out of malice towards a family who brought a black kid into the neighborhood. Of course I'm angry at the cops for pepper-spraying the kid, but I'm also a little angry at DeShawn himself for not reacting calmly, and maybe showing the cops his bedroom (which should have proven he was supposed to be there). But above all, I'm angry that we live in a society where all these elements come into play.