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Ving Rhames Confronted By Police In His Own Home After Neighbor Assumes He Broke In

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Ving Rhames, a widely known celebrity was recently harassed by police in his own home. After a neighbor assumed Rhames broke into the home, the unidentified woman called the police. They arrived with guns drawn while Rhames was sitting in his living room watching ESPN. When the actor opened the front door, Rhames found himself staring down the barrel of a nine-millimeter pistol and a group of police officers. Fortunately, the situation was de-escalated before Rhames was harassed further.

 

Rhames gave a complete telling of his experience to Clay Kane on SiriusXM News and Issues, explaining that a neighbor accused him of breaking into his own home. Rhames wasn’t doing anything suspicious nor was he stalking the house but his neighbor insisted that “a large black man broke in”.

Once the police were at Rhames’ Santa Monica home, they took him outside with the intent of questioning him. Outside, a Captain from the Santa Monica Police Department recognized Rhames and explained why they were there. Rhames then asked who’d made the call. The officers on the scene had the caller’s address and accompanied Rhames over to her house across the street. When the woman answered the door, she denied ever making such a call despite giving her information to the dispatcher.

After things were settled, Rhames biggest gripe with the police was the possibility of his son opening the door. Had Rhames not been home and his son opened the door with a video game controller in his hand, as he was known to do, the situation could’ve ended much worse. Rhames and Cane then went on to namedrop several victims who became casualties of unnecessary shootings. And the truth is, their fears are justified.

With so many incidents of black men being gunned down by police, they’re right to be scared for their safety. All it takes is one split-second lapse in judgment and a person’s life can end. We’ve seen it happen countless times before and the trend doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon.

Until police stop immediately coming to the conclusion that black people are always up to no good, these dangers will continue to exist. What’s worse is that this is America in 2018.

What once was the land of the free and the home of the brave is now the land you can be killed in for simply existing. This isn’t every American’s reality but it’s the one we all live in. And if you’re a person of color, well, your chances of surviving are much lower. That being said, our country is continually evolving and change will hopefully move us past racial discrimination by the people who are supposed to protect and serve us. Some progress has already been made but a lot of work still needs to be done.

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Calling Out Cat-Callers

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DSC_0209In the Fall of 2012, illustrator/artist, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, began an art series in an attempt to address street harassment by plastering the faces and voices of harassed women around Brooklyn, New York. With the combination of her portraiture and the stories of those who have been harassed by cat callers, Stop Telling Women to Smile was born and has thus grown into a traveling series.

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Tatyana started out by personally sitting down with a friend or colleague to discuss their story, draw their portrait and then create a poster with text that embodied their story. The posters were then randomly distributed and pasted to any barren surfaces in the city area that would allow the pedestrian public to see and read their messages. Today, Tatyana is traveling across the United States to meet, photograph, draw and talk with women from different regions, cities and neighborhoods about their experiences with harassment. The point is not only to make this series a wide-spread movement, but to also learn of the different experiences and ways in which street harassment is both perceived and enacted.

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Let’s face it ladies, whether it’s a boy slyly touching your waist as you walk through a night club or a man “hey baby”-ing you at a bus stop, you’re fed up. You can throw a drink in his face or simply walk away but does it always get the message across? There’s no guarantee that cat calling and sexual harassment will ever end, but if numbers grow, so may results. You shouldn’t have to be afraid of men. You shouldn’t have to be conscious of what you’re wearing. You shouldn’t be objectified and degraded whenever you simply go out for a walk. And fellas, this is to you to. You may approach a women with good intentions and the utmost respect, but her negative association with your gender will leave you rejected, and that’s not fair. You may even have a girlfriend/wife/sister/etc. who has experienced street harassment when you weren’t around to protect them. This is why I encourage you all, women AND men, to join Tatyana’s Stop Telling Women to Smile project.
 
To participate, visit: http://stoptellingwomentosmile.com/Participate

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