Isaiah Washington

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Chris Rock has been taking selfies each time he gets pulled over by the police and then posting them on Instagram. While it’s a new sort of way to document racism and discrimination, actor Isaiah Washington had some better advice for the comedian.

Washington got on his Twitter account to tell Rock that maybe he should buy a less expensive car to ward off the police.

This wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

He then went on to channel Miss Raven-Symone and say that he’s not Black, but a human being. Alright.

Washington later appeared on CNN and spoke to Don Lemon about driving while Black and clarified his tweets.

From People:

“At night, if [the police] don’t recognize me, I’m vulnerable like everyone else,” he said. “I will say this. Once I got out of my G500 and have been driving the Prius for the last four years, with windows that are tinted darker than the windows that were tinted in my $90,000 vehicle, I have not been pulled over one time.”

“He needs to look at the area that he’s in, and maybe even visit with the local police officers in that community,” he said. “Because I got pulled over so many times, they should have memorized my driver’s license.”

Of course, Washington was met with criticism, including celebrities.

The type of car one drives doesn’t protect them from being pulled over. You can change your car, but not your race. And that shouldn’t be a factor in being pulled over – especially if it’s the only factor. But good luck to not being pulled over in your three Prius cars, Isaiah.


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