I remembered the other day of a strange episode in my life. One day I had to buy a travel card for Paris public transports but the office where you had to take the photo for it was inside the station. So you had to validate you ticket to enter the station and then make your card, which doesn’t really make sense if you want my opinion.
My mum was there and passed me her card so that I could get into the station and get my card at length.
Two police officers were there, a man an a woman. They were there for security purpose and had nothing to do as to whether people paid their tickets or not. My mum passed me then her card and when the police officers saw me, the woman just lost it. I told her that I was making my card in this building but she was enraged. She took it personally, I could guess what she was thinking
How could you pass by me, haven’t you notice that I had an uniform.
Following the procedure she had to call on the man to do the search and I was searched in from of my mother.
I think she forgot about it, but as a Black man, I don’t want my mother to ever see me with the police for whatever reason it may be.
But foremost what surprised me was that woman. I thought the the need to assert one’s power was something exclusively reserved to men and they phallocracy.Had she just showed discontent (and I’m focusing on her because the man didn’t react, or didn’t care but surely did not take it as a direct attack to his person. He did search me and supported his colleague, which is a good thing in itself, but did not really show any sign of approval of disapproval,vwhich is cowardly) and talk to me I would have told her the situation (oh Actually I did, and she just didn’t listen, she was simply so furious, do you believe that). Eventually I just went through, had my card and went home. As I told you I couldn’t be fined of anything since they were there to “keep the place safe”.
Ultimately I don’t blame her to stopping me when she saw me do what could be seen as an infraction (Wait, did I travel after? No. So I didn’t travel for free, so I’m so did not commit any infraction). But in her mind it was as if I disrespected her directly, or more precisely as if I disrespect her wearing an uniform, which actually means that in her eyes I trampled the uniform underfoot. And I thus conclude,
A woman when wearing an uniform can be as stupid as a man.
Which actually make sense, in all anticipation novel we see an army of fascist man in the police oppressing people, but it doesn’t fit reality, there will be women too for the Police State.
Because the enemy isn’t the policeman or the policewoman. But the uniform.
The uniform gives them the illusion of power and to preserve the miserable symbol that it embodies they are ready to severe everyone from their liberties.
Stupidity belongs to men, and to woman who imitate them.
Stay safe, if you can.
PS: or maybe was she wearing an uniform because she wanted respect. It doesn’t matter, it’s pathetic either way.