Tales: The BET Series That Give White People A Taste of Police Brutality


Tales premiered tonight on BET and its first episode, F*ck The Police is everything White people need to see. The show begins with an act of police brutality committed against a white teen who was fatally shot by two Black cops. Regardless of the witnesses and evidence that prove the teen's innocence, the two police officers walk free.

Sounds familiar? I bet it does. Tales alludes to the plight Black Americans experience in regards to police relations. Since genesis, Blacks had to endure mistreatment from police officers in where they are harassed, unlawfully detained (jailed), and fatally shot. Using the art of storytelling, producer Irv Gotti reverse roles in where White people are challenged give up their privilege and tie the shoestrings of Black Americans.

Tales Is The Black Experience In America Experienced By Whites

In F*ck The Police there are numerous scenes that expose the mistreatment Black receive from police.

The Police Shooting. A white teen is fatally shot even after complying with police. Regardless, the teen was slammed to the ground and then fatally shot. This scene is familiar to the stories of Black men (Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, etc) who were brutally policed by White police officers.

Harassment. In various scenes Black cops freely harass White men. Any Black person who watches this scene can relate due to the harassment we receive in where cops try their best to find fault in us; example, stop and frisk.

Nothing Happens. White people complain about the system and how it will allow the Black cops to walk freely; they are strangers to justice.

The Good Cop Silenced. The District Attorney who is Black, know the Black cops are guilty for shooting the teen. Due to the brotherhood created by the Black cops, it is challenging for the D.A. to prove that the cops are guilty. The cops are acquitted setting off a series of protests. And guess how they got away? "I feared for my life." A tune Black people are not immune to.

Image destroyed. Black people especially one wealthy Black man, uses the urban situation of Whites to justify the harsh policing in the White community which resembles the hood. This is no different than the media and cop apologists who blame victims of police brutality on their lifestyle.

By "making" it happen to white people, hopefully Tales will raise awareness— that will hit home—about the social issues Black face in America, and initiate a dialogue that encourages people of all race and ethnicities to discuss police brutality in America.
Catch an all new episode of Tales next Tuesday on BET at 9/8C.

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