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The Constant Fear of Driving While Black | National Geographic

The Constant Fear of Driving While Black | National Geographic



Across the country, law-abiding black and Hispanic drivers are left frightened and humiliated after being stopped by police, who too often see them as criminals. Listen as individuals across the country share their stories.
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A disproportionate share of the estimated 20 million police traffic stops in the United States each year involve black drivers, even though they are no more likely to break traffic laws than whites. And black and Hispanic motorists are more likely than whites to be searched by police, although they are no more likely to be carrying contraband. Across the country, law-abiding black and Hispanic drivers are left frightened and humiliated after being stopped by police, who too often see them as criminals. Such treatment leaves minorities feeling violated, angry, and wary of police and their motives. Listen as individuals across the country share their stories.

Read the full April 2018 article on traffic stops, “For Black Motorists, a Never-Ending Fear of Being Stopped,” and check out the full National Geographic special issue on race.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/04/the-stop-race-police-traffic/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/04/

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28 comments

  1. For these black and Hispanic drivers across the U.S., driving comes with a certain risk as they never know when a police officer may stop them on the road. What do you think are some ways we can help change these attitudes and mitigate this fear?

  2. Wow they stop to Robert Smith

  3. The Hispanic looking people are a bogus inclusion in this. He doesn't look black at all and certainly isnt all black or black enough to have the problem like real black people. Equating the Hispanics experience to the black experience in America is the biggest social lie in the world

  4. Clearly, blacks have a reputation problem.

  5. Black and guilty upon birth justice system not written for blacks people anyway it was written to keep us enslaved

  6. Driving while black while black in usa is the same as driving while asian in canada.

  7. Can you imagine just having a conversation about someone’s lived experience can trigger so many people. No one asked you to live it or experience it…you chose to listen to this conversation.

  8. All Edomite officers are cowards and a few jakes as well.

  9. I got a solution,,,, wait for it, its super crazy. What if blacks became cops and policed there own neighborhoods . Oh ya because there to busy glorifying violence .

  10. Sees like most of the people on this post just don't get that its wrong for the cops to just pull people over with a reason

  11. Honestly I do believe that profiling exist, but age, how a person is dressed and other factors are also profiled.

  12. Jahmal – if a cop is behind me I'M NERVOUS TOO 🙂

  13. New subbie well done nat geo loooove the video" driving while black"☺

  14. You can expect that in Texas after those 5 Dallas cops were gunned down.There is now a police shortage in Dallas,and crime is up.

  15. They stop you looking for that child support

  16. Dear National Geographic, unfortunately no one cares. Which in part is the problem in America. They just see us as animals, and if we complain, crybaby, sjw, animals. It's deeply rooted in American history and culture.

  17. Thank you for covering this very important issue in our society. The negative reactions here serve as an example of how serious and widespread racism is.

  18. I see a tremendous amount of disrespect to police officers in the USA.
    People talk to the authority like they are talking to a waitress.
    – Please step out of the car sir.
    – No! Why! No!

    In my country we talk to police officers with respect, and comply when told. Not arguing, you want to argue, do it with a judge.

    By the way, if guns were ilegal and hard to find, you wouldn't have that problem of police shootings and mass shootings by some disturbed persons… instead of building guns, build more teslas!

  19. The answer to the question at the end "So what are they afraid of?" is obvious. They are afraid of the atypical situation where the person they are stopping is armed or able to physically or over power them.

    Whether they are justified in that is another question, but the answer to the rhetorical question at the end is obvious.

  20. WOW THERES MORE DISLIKES THAN LIKES. Shows that people don’t care about this situation smh

  21. “I stay calm”
    “I turn on the inside lights”
    “I don’t get out of the car”
    “I keep my hands on the wheel”
    “I don’t dig through the glove compartment”
    “I speak to them in a respectful manner”

    I swear the last time I took defensive driving they covered this stuff? I’m not convinced this is having to go beyond what anyone should do when pulled over.

    “I make sure my seatbelt is on”
    “I’m conscious of my speed”

    Isn’t this called obeying traffic laws?

  22. I subscribed for nature and geography, not CNN news.

  23. Don't worry Nat Geo, Wakanda Knuckles will sho y'all dee wae!

  24. comments just validate that this country will never be united and it's time for black n brown to arm themselves

  25. best thing for black and brown to do is arm themselves. then the gov will create stricter gun reforms. two birds one stone

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