100%. I would also add that this is a very defeatist line of thinking that doesn't solve anything. "Well, that's just how it is, so act accordingly."
I'd ALSO add that people that have totally complied have had awful, awful things happen to them outside of the view of a camera. Policemen have raped, murdered and extorted people simply because they could, even if these individuals have complied. Black people have been saying this since policing has become a thing.
BTW, didn't know you were in Portland. How is it over there, given the goings on from yesterday?
Exactly. No one should have to interact differently with law enforcement solely because of their color, because they shouldn't be judged solely by their color in the first place. Like racism itself, I don't think it's something we can ever really eliminate, at least not in our lifetimes. But we have to do much better, or at least try much harder.
I asked Steve a question at the start of this conversation when he talked about what he was taught as a kid when interacting with police, as to whether he was taught at that time that police automatically treat certain people differently. I certainly wasn't. For the longest time I assumed they primarily judged you by your actions, because that's how I thought it was supposed to work. I don't remember exactly when it finally dawned on me that was far from the case, but it was probably Rodney King, and I was in my early 20's by then.
As for here in Portland, the unrest is pretty localized, primarily downtown. And it pretty much only occurs at night when I'm typically home. Right at this moment downtown probably looks like a boarded up ghost town. I feel for the people who have/had businesses there. Between the pandemic and social unrest, their customers have been gone for months and many of them couldn't make it. Anyway, because of that I rarely have a need to go downtown, so if it weren't for the news I'd barely notice here in the NE section of the city.
It is concerning, though unsurprising, that the right-wing groups are getting involved now. Right and left demonstrators have had clashes here for the past few years that have escalated to violence. But last night was the first time I can recall that someone ended up dead. I hope that's not a sign of what's to come.