WASHINGTON—In a discovery that has sent shockwaves through law enforcement communities nationwide, local white police officer Todd McGinty reportedly uncovered the pervasive reality of institutional racism in America after adopting a hands-and-knees position on the concrete beside an apprehended African American man.
Sources revealed that McGinty, a seven-year veteran of the force known for his love of glazed doughnuts and commitment to law and order, made this startling discovery during a routine traffic stop. The moment of epiphany reportedly occurred while he was demonstrating the proper "comply or die" position to 22-year-old black man DeShawn Jackson, who was stopped for a reported tail light violation.
"I was just showing DeShawn the universally recognized posture for non-resistance when it hit me," said the stunned officer, whose previous understanding of systemic racism extended solely to acknowledging that it was a bad thing that happened a long time ago.
While kneeling on the pavement, McGinty experienced a sudden, unanticipated comprehension of the racial dynamics at play in his daily work. "Wait a minute, why don't I ever show this position to white guys I pull over?" McGinty asked aloud, prompting Jackson to respond, "Exactly, man. Exactly."
The incident, which took place under a glaring streetlight in a working-class neighborhood, resulted in the revelation that not all communities experience police intervention in the same way.
McGinty, whose previous encounters with racism had largely been limited to watching three episodes of "The Wire" and "The Help," pledged to share his newfound insights with his department. "This kind of enlightenment should not be confined to the gritty streets of this humble community," he said, dusting off his uniform.
At press time, the newly enlightened McGinty was seen offering to "share the weight of history" by volunteering to lie belly-down on the pavement next to Jackson, while recommending his fellow officers to experience this profound “Ground-Level Perspective” on racism during their coffee breaks.
In related news, the police department's sensitivity training manual has been reportedly updated to include a new chapter titled, “Down on All Fours: A Fresh Perspective on Institutional Racism." The chapter recommends officers "experience firsthand the profound enlightenment that can occur when viewing life from a different physical and metaphorical vantage point." Critics, however, suggest this may miss the point entirely.