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

We often use humor in the most peculiar ways.

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.


Ricardo A Hazell has served as Senior Contributor with The Shadow League since coming to the company in 2013. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the South China Sea Post, the Root and many other publications. At TSL he is charged with exploring re black cultural angles of where they intersect with the mainstream.