Black state rep in Oregon gets the police called on her for looking suspicious while canvassing homes in her own district.
Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Democrat who is running for a second term this fall in the state House of Representatives, said she was knocking on doors and talking to residents for two hours along Southeast 125th Avenue in Clackamas. She was taking notes on her cellphone from the conversation she'd had with someone at the second to last of about 30 homes on her list around 5:10 p.m. when a Clackamas County deputy pulled up to her.
She looked over at the deputy in his patrol car and thought, "I don't believe this." He asked if she was selling something. She introduced herself as a state legislator and said that she was out canvassing and that she guessed someone called him.
The deputy said someone called and reported Bynum appearing to spend a long time at houses in the area and appearing to be casing the neighborhood while on her phone.
"Fuckin' white people," he muttered as he re-re-reapplied his sunscreen.
Like, okay, I get what it's like to be scared all the time. I rehearse what I have to say before I make a call or talk to someone important. I look for exits when I go someplace new. I never look drivers in the eye. I do this because everything frightens me. All that being said, you need to get a fucking grip.