Mike Brown’s ‘Driving While Black’ Police Encounter No Laughing Matter

We often use humor in the most peculiar ways. Indeed, the term “laugh in the face of danger” isn’t as much a sign of bravery as it is self defense mechanism.

Last night Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown was late to a pregame press conference before his team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. He is a consummate professional. So, he felt it necessary to explain what went down.

As I watched this, I was a bit nauseated as Brown explained how police accosted him with laughter and a smile. But what was even more nauseating is all the laughter that came from the peanut gallery. Brown has a right to laugh, he went through it. But all the supplementary laughter was tasteless.