Daniele Watts Has Nothing To Apologize For
According to NewsOne, Djano Unchained actress, Daniele Watts, has issued a statement, via her publicist, rightfully telling detractors, who feel she should denounce her claims that she was both racially and gender profiled by an LAPD officer, that basically, it ain’t gonna happen.
The statement was issued in response to a demand made last week by a trio of Black “civil rights activists” from California who called on the actress to apologize. To whom and for what exactly she should apologize for?
Well as reported by the website Shine (For Harriet):
“In a news conference in Inglewood, California, local civil rights activists called on Daniele Watts to apologize to the LAPD for, what they believe are, erroneous claims of racial profiling.
Daniele’s story spread quickly across the Internet last week. She says police detained her wrongfully under the suspicion that she was a sex worker when she refused to show ID.
Police say they were responding to a call that alleged Watts and her partner were committing “lewd” acts in a vehicle. Watts maintains that is not true, but many who came to her defense early now believe that she was not profiled.
“We took her word that she had been a victim, but now we know it’s not true,” said Najee Ali with Project Islam Hope. “So we feel that she has done a disservice to the community and especially those in the civil rights community who backed her claim initially.”
Author and activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Urban Policy Roundtable continued, “We cannot stand for just anyone to just scream and shout “racial profiling,” “I have been victimized,” “I have been targeted” if that’s not the case.”
Hutchison believes the LAPD acted appropriately.
“Don’t make us look dumb,” he said. “Don’t make yourself look stupid. Because when you do that, you totally do a disservice to what we consider is still a compelling, major, deadly issue, and that’s racial profiling.”
Yeah, it’s Watts, who is making you look dumb here.
Because Lord knows alleged civil rights activists would be concerned about actual violations of an individual’s civil liberties as well as profiling based upon race as well as gender. And let me be clear: I have no reason to disbelieve Watts’ story. And in my honest and blatant of opinions, neither do most people.
I mean, what exactly have we heard, seen or read thus far in this case, which would offer a shred of doubt that she isn’t telling the truth? I hope it is not because she was sitting on her boyfriend’s lap, making-out and doing something classified as unladylike? Whatever your personal respectability politics, that alone is not suspicious behavior – especially since you were not there to witness it, officer.
And I hope it is not because of the bogus pictures from TMZ, which report to show inconclusive proof that she was making this up and was in fact having sexual intercourse in a car? Even the though the picture does not: 1. show that and 2. remotely show that. Seriously, what about the guy in the mint green shirt? While a couple supposedly and allegedly had sex with the door open in broad daylight,just mere feet away, he walks, casually and seemingly undisturbed, past the whole scene. I suppose we can argue that he didn’t see it, but if he didn’t know or see it, how the freak did an alleged eyewitness working in a nearby office make proper authentication that sex was indeed going on?
Likewise, I know the officer in this case swears that “People don’t make this shit up,” but actually they kind of do. In particular, suspicious, paranoid and flat out bigoted people have been known to fudge urgency to the police all the time. It was true of George Zimmerman as well as Ronald Ritchie, the “witness” who phoned police and told them that John Crawford III was waving a gun around an Ohio Walmart, moments before Crawford was shot in the back. The suspicious Black man and woman has long been a trope in the American social conscious, so excuse me if like Watts, I too believe that people will and do make shit up, particularly on Black people.