BET’s TJ Holmes Live Tweets While Being Stopped for Driving While Black
No one is exempt. Not even former CNN news anchor T.J. Holmes whose face was pretty common on the cable news station up until he left for a new gig with BET.
Holmes was pulled over by police on Monday in Atlanta for that infamous crime called “driving while black.”
As it was happening, the reporter took to his twitter account and gave the play-by-play of what was going on. He snapped a photo of his side-view mirror with the the police car’s flashing lights behind him as he sat on the side of the road.
“Driving while black ain’t no joke!” he tweeted, alongside the photo.
According to his tweets, Holmes was just minutes from home.
“Yep, in sitting on the side of the road 1 mile from my house with 2 cop cars behind me,” he said.
Holmes said he asked the officer why he was pulled over and the officer stumbled through an answer. That obviously didn’t sit well with the reporter. Since the officers couldn’t explained why Holmes was pulled over, this heightened his suspicions that racism played a role.
“This is a d—n shame. Officer is literally stumbling over his words trying to explain why he stopped me,” he tweeted.
Then, once the officer came up with an answer, Holmes shared it with his followers.
“Officer’s reason for pulling me over: ‘wanted to make sure you have insurance on the car.’ I kid you not,” he tweeted.
Holmes was eventually let go and promised a full-length report on the incident on his blog later. The incident reminds all of us that this kind of thing happens everywhere to millions of black people. In some cases, the incidents end deadly, with a police shooting occurring as the result of a confrontation that never would have happened without the officer’s harassment.
He ended that episode with a tweet that put things into perspective, “Still p****d beyond words right now. But Lord knows I’m not the only this will happen to today. #showmeyourpapers”
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