Mass Demonstration against Voter Suppression in Benton Harbor

Voter suppression led by Whirlpool Corporation and Berrien County Sheriff Department. Protest all injustices being forced on our town, your town and all around the country! It is not one thing it is everything. The murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool, Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager dictatorship. Find it on the ActivateHub community calendar!

May 24, 2014 11:00am - City Hall, 200 Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI, 49022 (11:30am - press conference)


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nothing Ever Changes for People of Color in Benton Harbor

Racial profiling a problem for area commuter

Editor, (HP 9/24)

When will police officers stop with the racial profiling? I am a 30-year-old Benton Harbor native. I’ve been working in New Buffalo for 16 months now, and I’ve been stopped over 10 times.

Is it because I am an African American driving a Chevy Caprice? Never once have I been given a ticket or an adequate reason for being pulled over. They run my name, check my information, and then it’s, “Have a nice day.”

I eventually moved to New Buffalo to be closer to my job.

Wrong move there. The New Buffalo Police Department was pulling me over and providing me with escorts home about once a month. Black man + Chevy Caprice + getting off at midnight = a free escort home by the men in blue. I solved that problem by moving out of New Buffalo!

Now I’m living back in Benton Harbor, and I have to deal with police on I-94. I also have a Pontiac G6 that I drive from Benton Harbor because it’s good on gas. It’s only been a month since I’ve been commuting from Benton Harbor to New Buffalo. During the first week of commuting, I passed an officer at exit 6. He comes out, rides my bumper and then turns around. I know he ran my plates before he was uninterested and backed off. I let that incident go.

Three weeks later, same thing. I pass an officer posted in the median at exit 6. He comes out, rides my bumper (runs my plates) and follows me off the my exit before getting back on I-94. This time I called Berrien County to complain.

Question: When will African-American men and other men of color get the benefit of the doubt, like the next man?

Reggie D. York Benton Harbor

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If that is what happens then that is absolutely wrong. On the other hand I find it hard to believe that a cop can even tell what color you are when you pass by at 70mph in the dark on I-94.

HC.