The black star of the new Mission Impossible film came home one night. Then, a neighbor called the cops…

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The epidemic of white people calling the police on black Americans is getting out of control.

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It seems that every single week we hear a new story of how a person of color was just minding their own business before suddenly having guns pulled on them because their nosy neighbors were so intimidated by the very sight of them they felt the need to call an institution that has a long reputation of murdering African-Americans at the slightest provocation.

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Not even fame and fortune is enough to keep the racists away. Actor Ving Rhames, the star of the upcoming Mission Impossible: Fallout film, told a radio show on Friday that earlier this year, he had opened his front door to find police guns trained on him.

“This is the God’s honest truth. This happened this year. I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9mm, and they say ‘put up your hands,’ literally” said Rhames.

A neighbor had called the police because they had seen a “large black man” who they thought was “breaking in” to the house, when it was really just Rhames coming home to his house.

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Once he was recognized, the police apologized and even told him who had called it in. When the woman was confronted, she didn’t even have the decency to admit to doing it.

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Rhames wasn’t happy about the police visit — but his biggest concern was for his kids. “What if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and you thought it was a gun? I don’t know, just like Trayvon [Martin] had a bag of Skittles” said Rhames.

Martin had his Skittles. Michael Brown had cigarillos. Tamir Rice had a toy gun. Stephon Clark had a cellphone. Calling the cops on black people is a potential death sentence, and it’s disgusting to see people doing it with such frequency.

Listen to the interview here:

 

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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