MC Hammer Fights Back Against Racial Profiling
MC Hammer defended himself vigorously via Twitter this week after California cops accused him of being ‘very argumentative’ when they arrested him driving a car supposedly with ‘expired registration’.
The 90s rap legend, who is nowadays a web mogul and hugely respected political activist with over 3 million Twitter follows, responded philosophically. However, quoting Albert Einstein’s 1940 maxim.
“Greater Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” … So true,” said Hammer, soon afterwards adding ‘ ‘Instead of being bitter, I’m taking the opportunity to make this a “teachable moment” and “eye opener” for my many friends & colleagues.”
Explaining in detail what happened, he described how a ‘chubby elvis looking dude was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said’” Are you on parole or probation?” (http://bit.ly/Yv6KRR )
“While I was handing him my ID he reached in my car and tried to pull me out the car but forgot he was on a steady donut diet,” Hammer continued, “It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help.”
“Only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge. I was citied for obstruction, “ he added, “The harassment continued while they had me locked up in Santa Rita, they sent police to my house.”
Adding a final personal retort to the cop (‘I will now answer his question, contrary to his personal beliefs, all people of color are not on parole or probation fat boy!!!”) he also noted the irony of where he was driving when the cop pulled him over.
“I was on my way to San Quentin Friday morning to congratulate a group of inmates in “The Last Mile”.”
http://thelastmile.org (‘the Last Mile program helps bridge the gap between incarceration and freedom’.)
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