You Don’t Call the Police on Poverty – Spectacular Magazine


The Watch Dog response: This is an awesome article and should be read by everyone that can read.

“You don’t call the police on poverty…that’s exactly how Black lives become hashtags.”

I arrived at the Durham Co-op Market Monday morning January 02, 2017 for coffee and to finish some writing. As I approached the market’s front door, a middle-aged Black man standing on the side of the building, stopped me and asked for “spare change.”

Little did he know, I was four days from ‘pay day’ and had absolutely no money. I was living on a credit card for the next four days. I told him I was “out of cash” and kept walking.

As I entered the sliding glass doors, one of the cashiers asked, “Is that man still out there asking for money?” I said “Yes. But he’s not posing a threat to anyone. He’s just standing on the side and asking for spare change.” She then informed me that she had already spoken with him once that morning and that the manager had instructed her to call the police. (Read more)

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