A lot of people have criticized San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick for his national anthem protest against racial injustice in the United States.
For those critics, who essentially believe the country doesn’t have a race problem, here’s a case to consider: Tristan Riddell, a video editor at Northwestern University, recently tweeted that one of his students, a 17-year-old black male was allegedly arrested by the police for reporting his stolen car.
One of my favorite students had his car stolen last night. He's a 17 year old black male. Thought it would be a good idea to call the cops.— Tristan Riddell (@TheInsaneRobin) September 28, 2016
Riddell went on to explain how the teen, who has not been named, had “groceries in hand” when he checked his LoJack app. As soon as the cops arrived, they “frisked” him.
The officers asked him if he was on drugs — when all he wanted was to get his car back. The rest of the story goes like this:
Riddell suggested the only reason the teenager was apprehended because he was “black and could afford a fancy car,” adding the situation would’ve been different for him had his car got stolen because he was white.
Although the Riddell’s account of the teenager was shared by thousands of people on Twitter, he left out his name and location on purpose.
Riddell said he has asked the teenager to contact American Civil Liberties Union for help.