Traffic Stop

Traffic Stop
The moment they touch our bodies.
They figure they own us.
The moment they touch our bodies.
We feel that our bodies no longer belonged to us.
The moment they touch our bodies.
We lose our sense of self.
The moment they touch our bodies.
We begin to hear the voices of our ancestors.
The moment they touch our bodies.
We smell the burning flesh from the branding irons.
The moment they touch our bodies.
We hear millions of ancestors, screaming all at once.
The moment they touch our bodies.
We start singing negro spirituals.
And as I was thrown to the ground, lying face down. Not knowing why or being told what I had done wrong. I realized that this traffic stop had nothing to do with justice. It had to do with who was in control. And that is why the cops harass us. That is why the police have to continue to profile us. Over and over again. They need a tool of control. The traffic stop is that tool.
Like Pavlov’s Law states, ” that for associations to be made, the two stimuli had to be presented close together in time (such as a bell). He called this the law of temporal contiguity. If the time between the conditioned stimulus (bell) and unconditioned stimulus (food) is too great, then learning will not occur.
The only difference between Pavlov’s Law, and the Traffic stop, is that instead of using a bell, the cops just pull us over, ” presented close together in time, as their conditioned stimulus”. To remind us; of not only our place in society. But also, our lack of freedom.
The moment they touch our bodies.
by Lynel Gardner
lynelgardner.com
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