Here’s a different point of view of what happen last Friday during the art walk from Mo Karn and her fellow Wingnuts (Their term, not mine). After an initial confrontation with the cops, here’s some of what they reported.
Trailing various pairs of piggies (Cops), we watched as they told almost every group of black teens they encountered that they had to keep moving on the sidewalk so that people could get by. I had a hard time distinguishing how those teens were any more of an obstruction than the various booths, vendors, or other people (stationary or mobile) on the sidewalk. Or how the groups of white teens who they let stay were any more important, had any more right to the sidewalk. What was easy to distinguish was the difference between who was being harassed and who wasn’t. I saw not one white person (besides copwatchers) being told by police to move, bothered about where they were standing, asked what they were doing.
It was very clear that the function of police at this point was to facilitate white people’s enjoyment of the art walk by isolating them in their own privileged culture, from the culture of people who comprise the majority of inhabitants of the area, and for that matter, of Richmond.
There’s lots more where this came from.