[LMB] OT: Why, oh why do woman mystery story writers seem to be obsessed with clothes???

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Sat Dec 7 22:59:24 GMT 2019

A few years ago, a black professor was locked out of his house in an expensive neighborhood. When he was breaking in to his own house police detained him and made him prove that he lived there. He cried racism that the police stopped him because he was black.
I do not remember if anyone asked what would happen if the police found a white person breading into a house in the same neighborhood,

William A Wenrich
Christian, Husband, Father, Granddaddy, Son, American. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.

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A lot of police work is looking around oneself and asking "What, if anything, is wrong with this picture?"  If they spot something incongruous, they will often check it out just to see what it is.  A lot of the time,
it's nothing, or has a perfectly legitimate explanation.   It's the times
when it's something, or the explanation is not legitimate, that make police work interesting.

On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 5:05 PM Ruchira Mathur <wetair at gmail.com> wrote:

> Black people are not known for being wealthy enough to own expensive 
> cars and also have the stereotype for committing crime.
> You combine those two things and then black person driving an 
> expensive car increases their risk of being pulled over wheather they 
> done anything wrong or not, because the cop is thinking they must have 
> stolen the car because obviously they couldn't afford to buy it.
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 5:25 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 4, 2019 at 8:58 PM Aruvqan <aruvqan at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Stumptuary laws unofficially still exist - try being black and 
> > > dressing stylishly for the black neighborhood and drive a mercedes 
> > > or lexus in a predominately white area, you will get stopped for 
> > > 'driving while
> black'
> > > and investigated for possibly having stolen the car.
> >
> >
> > People say that a lot, but I am dubious.  I suspect any 
> > casually-dressed individual, who doesn't live in an expensive 
> > neighborhood, but is driving through in an expensive car, is going 
> > to attract attention.  Actual statistics would go a long way towards 
> > demonstrating (or refuting) your point.
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