Esteban’s Story

In 1994 I was working at the University. This is a story about an experience one technician working in my lab had. Her name was Elizabeth. She was a white very Christian woman. One time she was involved in a car accident. The occupants of the other car were a black family. This happened in Providence, RI. The police came and started treating the black family really bad and blaming them for the accident without doing the proper investigation. They immediately assumed the fault was with the other family and Elizabeth was the victim. Elizabeth actually felt really bad about it and what surprised her the most was that the family had young children. It wasn’t just a single young black man (the stereotyped “bad” person) and the police treated them very badly despite the fact that there were children around. For me it was the first time I heard a story from someone I knew about open racism.

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