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A couple of years ago, my fiancé and I went whale watching in New Jersey. The whole thing was beautiful. But I found myself wishing that the whales were…bigger. Like the humpbacks you see in movies or the killer whales at Sea World. Honestly, maybe if the boat was smaller, their size would have been put in proper perspective. But the point is, seeing these massive animals in their natural habitat is an experience, something not every one is privileged enough to enjoy.

So when you have the chance to see whales up close and personal, you should try your best to enjoy it. And more than anything, be respectful of the fact that you’re a guest in their environment.

Unfortunately, that’s not what one family did when they had the chance to see whales up close and personal. Naturally, when a mammal of this size gets this close to your boat, it’s natural to feel a little bit of fear. But the mother in the group took that fear to an irrational level when she decided to call the police on whales, doing what whales do, in their home.

Check it out in the video below.

I found this story not only ridiculous…calling the police on whales…in the ocean. But also so symbolic of White people and their issues with entitlement. There is a long and sordid history of White people criminalizing or demonizing the behavior of people of color after they [White people] made the decision to infringe upon their space that did not belong to them in the first place. We saw it with colonization and now with gentrification. We see it in the ridiculous calls White women make to police about barbecue permits, lemonade stands, pools, when Latinx people are speaking Spanish and when Black women simply checking out of an Air BnB. It’s odd that the police are the solution to every moment in which White people are inconvenienced, annoyed, or are attempting to wield some power over people…and now animals.

Y’all gotta do better.

Check out the reaction to this family and the mother’s decision to call the police on the following pages.

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