If you were watching MSNBC last Sunday, you may have seen Imani Perry, professor of African-American studies at Princeton University, and wondered, as I did, Why do I know that name?

Professor Perry’s delightfully original point was that we need to “think in serious contemplative ways about the depth of American inequality.”

So perhaps we know her from her incisive commentary! I certainly haven’t heard anyone talk about American inequality. It really made me think.

But then I suddenly realized it’s that Imani Perry! The one who nearly destroyed a policeman’s life by falsely accusing him of racism!

Back in February 2016, Perry launched a series of tweets, alleging the following:

• She was “arrested in Princeton Township for a single parking ticket three years ago.”

• She was cuffed -- FOR A PARKING TICKET -- and not allowed to make a phone call “so that someone would know where I was.”

• “I was afraid,” she wrote. “Many women who look like me have a much more frightening end to such arrests.”

Oh my gosh, she could have been killed!

• She was “working to move from being shaken to renewing my commitment to the struggle against racism & carcerality.”

Naturally, her story became instant international news. The president of Princeton leapt to her defense, firing off a letter to the chief of police, demanding an investigation. (I know Perry is a professor, but you’d think that, by now, more people would say, Let’s wait for the facts.)

Perry attributed the universal acceptance of her story to her “small build” and her association with “elite universities” such as Princeton.

Just a thought, but it might also be because she’s black.

The Princeton police spent several days investigating before finally releasing the dashcam footage. I’m hoping they dragged it out to allow public outrage to reach maximum velocity.

Perry wasn’t arrested “for a single parking ticket three years ago.” After being stopped for going 67 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, officers ran her name and discovered her license had been suspended. She was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The officer was almost comically polite to the professor. He gently explained to Perry that because of her suspended license, “What you’re going to have to do is come with us, it’s $130, so if you have that money we’ll be able to post and we’ll be able to get you right back out.” He offered to drop her at the university, saying, “You really shouldn’t be driving because of your suspended license.”

He informed her that police are required to cuff anyone being transported to the station and assured her that no one would have to know. As for not being allowed to make a phone call, he clearly told her that once they got to the station, “You can make as many phone calls and texts as you want.”

A policeman was kind to her, so Perry turned around and accused him of racism, secure in the knowledge that no one would dare challenge whatever she said.

It would have been firing offense for him, but not for her. She is still gainfully employed as a Princeton professor -- and a sought-after guest on MSNBC and NPR! (It must be because of her “small build.”)

There are dozens of these cases. Tweet me your favorites!

Here’s another, from one of our blessed immigrants, Minati Roychoudhuri, professor at Capital Community College in Connecticut. (Really! That’s not one of my proposed new names for Yale, currently named for a slave trader.)

In 2015, Roychoudhuri (B.A., M.A., Utkal University, India) wrote a letter to the commissioner of public safety, as well as “the Senator and Legislator of my constituency” (she teaches English), claiming a policeman had racially profiled her.

Her letter said: “The officer did not give me any reason as to why had stopped me. His asking if I could speak English shows that he had racially profiled me and was not able to give me a concrete reason for stopping me. Further, the officer had checked ‘Hispanic’ in the race category in the infraction ticket.”

The professor also noted that, “I teach about diversity and the negative impact of racial profiling, I have now become a target of the same insidious behavior! It is easy to connect the dots with the nationwide racial profiling which has led to serious consequences.”

(It’s such a boon to have immigrants teaching about the horrors of “racial profiling” in America because we can’t get anyone to do that!)

Then police released the dashcam footage.

Below are relevant portions from the transcript. I didn’t include the part where the officer asked Roychoudhuri if she spoke English because he never did that. It was a bald-faced lie.

Officer: Hi ma’am, do you know why I’m stopping you today?

Roychoudhuri: No.

Officer: OK. There’s that big gore area with white lines painted across it and you cut in front of it, in front of me, thinking it’s a lane or something. You have to wait until it’s a dotted white line. License and registration.

...

Officer: Ma’am. So I wrote you the infraction for that improper lane change that you did.

Roychoudhuri: Please, you know, I probably crossed over there, and that’s why I did it. ... Obviously I did that. ... My (record) is absolutely clean.

Officer: OK. So I wrote you an infraction for that improper lane change that you did.

Roychoudhuri: OK.

Officer: The answer date is on the front of it and the instructions are on the back of it.

Roychoudhuri: Wait, what?

Officer: It’s a mail-in infraction. All you have to do is mail in, either a check or money order, and mail it in.

Roychoudhuri: OK.

Officer: All right.

Roychoudhuri: Thank you.

Guess who’s still teaching at Capital Community College and paid by Connecticut taxpayers? Our sacramental immigrant!

(NOTE TO MSNBC: Roychoudhuri would make another excellent guest to discuss racism in America.)

After the 2014 killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- a justified killing according to everyone, including Obama’s Department of Justice -- the big demand was that police be required to wear bodycams.

OOPS!

That was a miscalculation. Turns out body cameras are the best thing that ever happened to cops. Which reminds me: The public has still not seen the bodycam footage from the officers arresting George Floyd, explaining how he ended up on the ground.

Maybe we should wait for the facts.

Ann Coulter is a regular contributor to conservative news sites Human Events and Breitbart.

She is a native of New Canaan, Conn.

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Cooldan

Davel I don't know what statues torn down have much to do with helping minorities. I do find it hard to believe that some want Mount Rushmore torn down

Davel2

Cooldan, I'm just talking about the Confederate Statues and how they are presented in town squares, etc. I can understand how they can be offensive to the black community and agree they should be removed. I actually think putting them in museums or locating them at battlefields like Gettysburg would serve history and be a win-win for everyone. And yes, I do agree Mount Rushmore would be pushing the envelope. There never seems to be a shortage of excesses on either side of an issue does there. Even I have been to Mount Rushmore and found it amazing, especially knowing it was created in part using dynamite. In fact, Crazy Horse just a few miles away was also amazing. The size is breath-taking.

Cooldan

Davel. If you want to vote Democrat because you like their policies go right ahead. Just don't say that republicans are racists and their policies hurt minorities, because it just isn't true.

Cooldan

Davel. Are you talking about defunding the police bill that Democrats have passed at some local levels that republicans oppose along with an overwhelming amount of Americans including African Americans. Senate republicans responded to protests with Senator Scott's police reform bill that democrats in congress won't even open for discussion for a bipartisan bill. I tried to go over bills and trade agreements passed over the past 3 plus years that help not just minorities but all Americans. I was timed out. Criminal Justice reform is one. USMCA is another. Democrats keep race issues alive because they can't win on their policies. And people like you get duped.

Davel2

Cooldan, Don't misunderstand, I agree that very often both Democrats and Republicans turn issues and bills into political footballs and we as citizens are left feeling nothing gets done. In reference to your first comment, In all honesty it actually started with the Southern Democrats who opposed the The Civil Rights Acts, switching to Republican back in the sixties that has given this party its racist image. I am often reminded of this point on here, but that was sixty years ago and if they are members of the Republican Party then they are Republicans if you get my meaning. Since then they have been on the wrong side of racially charged issues countless times. Even look at what's going on right now with Pelosi requesting the removal of Confederate Statues from the National Statuary Hall Collection where they are presented as a glorification of these Confederate leaders instead of being what they are, leaders of oppression. It's the Republicans that are opposed to their removal using the excuse it should be up to the states and not willing to concede that they are symbols of racism and don't belong there. History belongs in books and museums in my opinion.

In reference to Scott's bill, it appeared at first glance to address some issues, but the NAACP and other civil rights organizations were strongly opposed to it. It pushed even more funds to Police Departments, but did not cover, in my opinion, needed changes. McConnell was not going to allow debate or amendments to the bill. I don't fault the Democrats for this, but rather McConnell and the rest of his party for immediately claiming the Democrats are standing in the way of progress instead of being honest and explaining why. Once again making it about politics.

In reference to Trump from your original comment. If I remember correctly while running for office, he said he was going to change do-nothing Washington, but instead with his constant rhetoric has polarized politics and the American people to a level that is far worse than ever. It's not a case of being duped, but a case of supporting the party who's ideas and values are most in-line with your own. Think about it, given

Trump's colorful past, do any of us really believe he is religious? Of course not, but the Evangelicals vote for him because they are voting for the idea. To me that is really being duped, but what is the alternative, not voting at all? Hope we have reached a better understanding.

JVW

This is all very simple statistics don't bee fooled. You have to have numbers or its just a waste of air! Life has choices witch leads to consequences thats the truth Commonsense

https://youtu.be/XPkkjvANE10

Cooldan

You guys need to lighten up. It is sarcastic humor brought on by the left media who jumps at any chance to divide this country on the narrative that this is a racist country and the racists are republicans led by the guy in the white house. I know why they do it, and you guys do it. To win elections and it works because a lot of people believe it.

Davel2

Well Cooldan sounds like you got it all figured out. Is it possible that for years Republicans never bring bills to the floor to help minorities and when they do get there they always vote against them. Is it possible it's because they are the party putting up the most resistance to the protest and the changes that need to be made? It is possible becuase they seem fine with sticking brown babies in jail? There are countless examples over the years that make them appear racist. You need to be fair about this. It's not just elections.

Davel2

And it's Ann time again! The problem that is keeping the country from moving forward is the constant tit-for-tat. Ann writes, "There are dozens of these cases. Tweet me your favorites!" These type of syndicated articles and other assorted media platforms, do nothing except outrage people and slow the process of problem solving, that is, if the issues ever do get resolved. Now while I do support freedom of speech, I find a great deal out there that is closer to yelling fire in a crowded theater. Now everyone knows I don't like Coulter or Reagan because to me they are always yelling fire, but I will concede that the "Left" has their share of big actors too. One of the greatest examples I saw just last night of generating outrage was a link I followed to YouTube. It showed a young white woman on her knees pledging to a black BLM member on the street. Now personally, unless it was Jesus Christ in person, I don't get on my knees for anyone and I fully support the fight for equality. Now think if you viewed that and did not support BLM and its fight for police justice for whatever reason, what would you be thinking? Anyway, in keeping with my suspicious mind, I decided to investigate. Reuters did a piece on it, and it turned out to have been originally produced by a person who consistently does satire videos. The creator even stated it was satire where he originally posted it. None the less, that video was taken and incorporated into another video attacking BLM and the protest taking place today. My point is, there is so

much "noise" that when we decide to read or view almost anything, we must approach it carefully and question its purpose. That purpose is often to outrage you, to push you, often hard, to one side of the fence or the other. When we allow these things to infiltrate out thoughts, we lose site of the real issue. Just wanted to share that thought.

“Your”welcome

You continue to bring up police justice! Why not bring up crime statistics? Facts on racial profiling? Well her are just a couple because I think blacks are racists towards whites considering they commit 90% of the racial crimes!!! 25% of the killings by cop were blacks! 75% of blacks when pulled over and searched had some type of contraband, Stanford study! You claim that 95% of the protesters are peaceful , where in the world did you find that? We are seeing what happens in Seattle and Minneapolis when peaceful protesters take over!

Davel2

"Your" welcome, You're talking about crime statistics and yes they are higher among minorities and have been for a very long time. I believe it's their higher level of poverty that feeds that statistic as sadly poverty and crime seem to go hand in hand. That's unfortunate, but an issue we can discuss at another time. In any case, I am talking about the number of Police interactions with unarmed black men that result in death. Blacks account for just under 13% of the population, and in contrast to the rest of the population, the numbers of incidents are greater. The 95% figure regarding Peaceful Protestors that I have used in past comments, are taken from reports different cities have made available measuring crowd size against the number of arrests. Of course there is a margin of error, but you get the general idea. Please keep in mind most news stations prefer to cover the violence as opposed to people marching. If it bleeds it leads, but that has a tendency to amplify it in our minds. You don't have to agree, but

try not to lose site of what these protest are all about as my comment was trying to explain.

“Your”welcome

13% of the population which commits 53% of America’s violent crime. I don’t believe that it’s due to poverty. I could be mistaken but how did Obama over come them? Did he blame others? I have black family that has had no issues living in L.A with the police! I believe it’s more than that. You’re insinuating that all blacks are poor , that is by no means the case. These are unfortunately excuses that people continue to use. If one wants to become something with themselves the color of their skin does not matter! I’m tired of this racist movement! Facts show how VIOLENT blacks in these specific communities can be . Facts also show how many positive interactions their are with the police! Please do the country justice by not allowing this to continue. Whether you’re democrat or republican! Crime should never under any circumstances be allowed! Portland is America’s new peaceful protest , check it out!

HavasuGuy

I've got a great moment in racism for you, 2016 tRUMP is elected...

BigBob

HG - Spot on! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

JVW

HG, lil rovR AKA Lil Bob. You two should get a rOOm!

“Your”welcome

I’ve got one for you , 90% of racial crime is black on white!!

Cooldan

Did you hear Bubba Watson found white sheets on his bed. Just a joke that I heard.

Too old for this

THAT is hilarious!

HavasuGuy

The fact that you find that hilarious proves that you are too old for this. There was nothing funny about seeing someone trying to joke about a hate crime whether or not it really happened...

HavasuGuy

So, do you often make jokes about hate crimes? Let me guess, you over heard this at the recent local republican party meeting, right?

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