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GEORGE THE POET ‘CUFFED & DRAGGED’ BY POLICE OUTSIDE PARENTS HOME

Social commentator and spoken-word artist George the Poet was given a harsh reminder of how the police force in the UK continues to racially profiled young black men.  The 27-year-old performer, shared footage of an ordeal that took place outside his parents home on Friday, where George states he was strip-searched in the back of a van on suspicion of carrying firearms.

Posting a video of himself in handcuffs on Instagram, flanked by two officers, he said that ‘police rolled up in that big van asking questions about my car.’ ‘Out of nowhere they cuffed me and searched my car for weapons. After the car it was the first issue. They put me in the van and did a strip search. They then took 20 mins to write my search slip, being rude to my parents and neighbours the whole time.”

Last night after a beautiful sold out show I was chilling outside my parents’ house when police rolled up in that big van asking questions about my car. I answered and verified. Then they told me to move my hand from my waistband. Out of nowhere they cuffed me and searched my car for weapons. After the car itself was the first issue 🤔. They put me in the van and did a strip search. They then took 20 mins to write my search slip, being rude to my parents and neighbours the whole time • This week I’ve done talks on diversity in Cambridge and Cardiff. Both were amazing experiences. Last night I delivered a show about all aspects of English life – school, relationships, politics, colonialism. Police didn’t get a mention once cos as a grown man I’m sick of talking about them. They will never change and they don’t deserve my energy. But to be cuffed and dragged around in front of my parents while they make up lies about me being aggressive and having weapons…it’s a reminder that we don’t fight on our own terms, we fight on theirs. To all my young boys who are locked in conflict with each other, please wake up and realise who your real enemies are. Realise how much harder you’re making it for your children. These people don’t wanna see us up, but still like dust we’ll rise • I don’t like sharing images of me being handled like a second class citizen by public servants whose salaries we pay taxes for. This is not how I see myself, and it’s not what I invite into my life. But these images should be an education for anyone who doesn’t understand the toxic energies that are quietly spread throughout our community by state actors. Imagine if my nephews woke up and saw their big famous uncle getting handled like this. What seeds would that sow in them? Writing this post was boring, I’ve got better things to do. Sorry to anyone who was woken up by the noise.

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Despite, studying at Cambridge University, introducing coverage of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on BBC, amongst many other achievements, the police failed to treat him with the dignity he deserves as a positive and influential young professional who has already contributed much to society. Instead the officers saw him as a perceived threat and subjected him to the same racial bias faced by many black men daily. When is this going to stop?

‘This week I’ve done talks on diversity in Cambridge and Cardiff. Both were amazing experiences. Last night I delivered a show about all aspects of English life – school, relationships, politics, and colonialism. ‘I don’t like sharing images of me being handled like a second class citizen by public servants whose salaries we pay taxes for. This is not how I see myself, and it’s not what I invite into my life. But these images should be an education for anyone who doesn’t understand the toxic energies that are quietly spread throughout our community by state actors. Imagine if my nephews woke up and saw their big famous uncle getting handled like this. What seeds would that sow in them?’

George’s closing plea to all young boys will hopefully give them new perspective on the bigger fight at hand:

‘Please wake up and realise who your real enemies are. Realise how much harder you’re making it for your children. These people don’t wanna see us up, but still like dust we’ll rise.’’

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