“There is nothing you can do.”
Last June Saturday night live Alumni Jay Pharoah revealed that he was stopped by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers and put on cuffs. One of the officers put his knee on his neck.
“I called my mother and she was on the phone,” Farua recalled. “Of course my father is in the background. But my mother just-I can hear it in her voice. I can hear the trembling,’If…’.”
She said: “If the situation is different, we might lose you today.” She thought, “You really need to thank God.” I said, “I do thank God. But mom, I’m just angry now. My state is I have never been angry because I have never experienced it.”
Pharaoh described his mother’s reaction as “[feeling] Completely helpless”, then praised his parents’ upbringing experience: “They both got out of the hood. But they tried to protect me in a way that I didn’t need to deal with. “
“Finally, I dealt with it. There was nothing to do. So I knew they had to be moved at that moment.”
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