Yesha Callahan

If This Suspected Car Thief Were Black, She’d Probably Be Dead

dancing car thief

Wednesday night, a suspected car thief led police on a crazy car chase through downtown Los Angles, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, and endangering the public.

The wild scene finally came to an end after the suspect ran over a spike strip, blew out a tire, and surrendered to police….but not before doing a little victory dance to Future’s music.

Despite the comical scene, I can’t help but wonder how things would have been different if this woman were Black.

Putting her hands in her pockets? Advancing toward cops? Reaching back into her car? Ignoring police orders?

Each of those things could have easily gotten her killed if she were Black as evident by the scores of unarmed folks gunned down over the past few years for much less.

Though she was arrested, this woman is still alive. And that’s more than we can say for Miriam Carey, Sam Dubose, Walter Scott, Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice, Shantel Davis, and so many others who are no longer here.

  1. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    Must be nice. LAPD of all trigger happy departments were able to contain themselves long enough to let her rock out, but couldn’t detain a mentally ill grandmother on the side of a road without beating her down like a wrestler.

  2. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    Great Article. It is definitely true that if she was black, she would probably be dead or seriously injured. There are many stories of white people showing guns, cursing, and acting belligerent towards officers, yet they aren’t killed. One example is when Joseph Houseman had a gun, he cursed at the police, waved his gun, and the conflict ended peacefully. He was not killed by the police. Yet, we see so countless stories of unarmed black people being assaulted and killed worldwide.

  3. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    So they don’t even have to be cute.

  4. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    i understand where you are coming from but this was too funny!! 😀

  5. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    prepare for the troll onslaught

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply


      yep- their new fave is “well that white person didn’t resist arrest”.

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  6. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    This is a ‘water is wet’ moment. Of course she wasn’t shot up with holes like swiss cheese–her whiteness protects her. For a white person to be shot by police officers, s/he has to basically attack them and draw blood–and even then there’s a good chance s/he will be handled with care.This sh*t runs deep.

  7. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    She’s got the complexion for the protection.

  8. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    wow!! talk about double standard and white privilege!!!

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply


      Preach Sister.

  9. August 29, 2015 - Reply

    A perfect example of white privilege. SMH

  10. August 30, 2015 - Reply

    The only REAL criminals are black! ( sarcasm) this was obviously just a nice lady having fun.

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