Thursday, August 04, 2005
It isn't for everyone.
My husband awoke at 4:30 this morning by the Chicago Police Department. Somebody had stolen our car. Not just our car, several cars from our parking lot across the street. Pretty easy, it was, some guy just broke in the valet shack and grabbed 4 rings of keys. He was caught in a nearby parking lot in the act of moving his things from a stolen Saab into my car. Apparently, he was going to keep mine for himself. I'm flattered.
George asked how they even knew the car was stolen. "Well," stammered the police officer, "he just didn't look like the kind of guy who would be driving a Lexus." To be more frank, he didn't think the African American male (clean shaven and decently dressed, by the way) should be climbing into a new Lexus at 2:00 in the morning. It turns out guy has a rap sheet a mile long, in fact he is currently on probation from his last auto theft.
On any other day, I'd be all over this. I live in a somewhat diverse neighborhood - well that's not accurate. This is Chicago and there are very few diverse neighborhoods. I live in an area where two neighborhoods come together and are beginning to blend. They are both middle class with some affluence on both ends. So, I know several African-American folk who drive cars way nicer than mine. Except I just received my first, truly beautiful, luxurious car (thank you, thank you, thank you George), so their cars are now only somewhat nicer than mine. Anyway, it shouldn't be unusual for a black guy to get into a Lexus or Saab or Mercedes or BMW or whatever at any time of the night. But, well, I guess if you're black, the Chicago Police Department thinks that it is unusual.
Is this an example of racial profiling? Or was the officer moved by the Holy Spirit?
I shouldn't complain. Thanks guys for getting my car back, whatever it was.
Posted by Dominique at 10:32 PM