Now that they have them all worked up and they have a few beers in them, it’s time for “Hot Topics”. Once again, I must apologize, I didn’t get the choices ORI gave us to vote on for which current event we wanted the contestants to discuss. After 4+ hours of watching Glass House, I had stopped taking notes. The viewers picked “The death of Rodney King at age 47″. ORI gave them the details of the event and then it was open for discussion.
It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to the racial issues of the times and how things really haven’t changed all that much. This was pointed out by Jeffrey. He seemed to think that no matter how much education there is, it’s still a part of our lives. Hollywood stated that he’s been stopped by police over 300 times since he’s had his license. He’s never gotten a ticket though. That alone says something. He and his friend would go out on the weekend and he could always depend on being stopped, not once, but twice every single weekend. Mike chimes in, talking about how cops get away with these things because there is no way to stop them from doing it. One of the girls. I think it was Ashley, says cops are getting caught only because they aren’t aware of these security cameras mounted in places they aren’t expecting them to be. All the while the GH camera keeps going back to Kevin. He just keeps bouncing that ball, not saying a word. The cop talk and race talk keep going and that camera keeps zooming in on Kevin. Finally Erica asks Kevin what training he’s had to prevent racial profiling. DAMN! Now he’s gotta say something…..
Listen up people! I don’t know what they do anywhere else, but where I work, we don’t do things that way. I try really hard not to be that kind of cop. I really do. I take my job very seriously. Let me tell you about this one guy I pulled over. He had expired plates, a cracked windshield, he was swerving all over the road, so I pulled him over. The first thing out of his mouth was, “You pulled me over because I’m Black!” I said “Dude, your plates are expired!” Erica jumped in and said that isn’t what she meant, she wanted to know what they were doing to stop the racial profiling thing. He then explained that every race has a number now, so they can keep track on the database just how many of each race gets pulled over and why. Whites are 23, Blacks are 11, Hispanics are some other number… you get the idea. It’s a start, he says. He says there are a lot of really good cops in his district, but it only takes one to make them all look bad.
Robin and Erica get into a disagreement that I didn’t catch, just as ORI decides that the viewers should vote to change the subject. The choices are something about Obama and immigration or a dog-friendly beer. This is when Robin gets up and leaves the room. Kevin follows her. Mike is next to go. Shockingly the cameras follow too!!! Too bad the hour is almost up and feeds are going to end. Robin tells Kevin that she made a promise to herself, that if she found herself in a situation that might turn into an argument, that she would just walk away. That is what she did tonight. She felt that Erica has had too much to drink and it wasn’t worth an argument with her. It was simply a difference of opinion.
Kevin was feeling ambushed by the Rodney King thing. He felt “set-up” by the question. He thinks that the producers were looking to start some drama in the house now that Alex and Jacob are gone. Combining racism with beer, knowing his job, was a good way to do it, in his opinion. Mike and Jeffrey joined them in the bedroom and they agreed that the discussion was handled in an adult way and everyone was able to express themselves without anyone getting angry or upset. I agree. I thought it was a really great conversation and the BEST part of the whole night. Too bad I had to sit through four and half hours of “what’s your favorite color?” bullshit to get there.