Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Levar Burton's Ritual.

Actually, this "ritual" is good advice for anyone, regardless of skin color, albeit I won't discount that if a person is younger, male, bearded, biker-looking, minority, or redneck, this kind of approach makes a lot of sense.

Actor and director LeVar Burton explained Monday on CNN that he follows a particular procedure every time he is stopped by police to avoid a potentially deadly confrontation. He removes his hat and sunglasses, rolls down his window, and puts out his hands to show he is not armed.

“I do that because I live in America,” Burton added.

He’s not exactly known for bad behavior, but even the former host of the children’s show Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek the Next Generation actor, fears he will be mistreated by police because of his skin color.

Sorry it has to be this way, but this is the way things are.

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