Jrue Holiday’s wife, Lauren Holiday describes shocking incidents of how her husband has been subject o racism all through.
Lauren Holiday and Jrue Holiday who plays for the Pelicans, will have a boy later this year. The Holidays’ announcement came toward the bottom of a piece about racial injustice that Lauren penned in The Players’ Tribune.
Lauren Holiday describes racist incident against Jrue Holiday
Lauren revealed an anecdote that fully encompasses what racism is all about and how she learned the extent of her white privilege as a white woman at the ribs of her own husband.
— Pelicans Nation (@PelsNationCP) June 29, 2020
Lauren was going out for a quick post-workout trip to Starbucks when she was stopped by a police officer on her way back home. When asked for a license and registration, neither Lauren nor Jrue’s sister (also named Lauren) had their licenses at hand.
Jrue’s sister called him to come to the rescue, but the following was something Lauren (the wife) could not expect:
“They handcuffed him,” she wrote on The Players’ Tribune. “No, seriously: Even though the officer knew in advance that Jrue was my husband, and that he was coming to the scene, and why. Even though no one had explained to us why we had even been pulled over in the first place. And even though Jrue could not have been more careful, or more deferential, in how he made his approach. All the cop saw was this large black man getting out of a car.
I was so hesitant to share because I know our experience pales in comparison to the countless families that have lost innocent lives because of the color of their skin. I’m here to listen. I’m here to sacrifice. And… https://t.co/dHNDyMvlWI
— Lauren Holiday (@laurenholiday12) June 29, 2020
That was it — apparently that was enough. He came at Jrue and slapped handcuffs on him.”
How Jrue Holiday’s sister reacted
Lauren was angry, but Jrue Holiday was calm — though his sister had a completely different look on her face — one of complete terror that resonates with her to this day:
“The image that most stays with me is the look I saw on Lauren’s — Jrue’s sister’s — face. I think it was seeing her react that made me actually register the danger Jrue was in,” she wrote. “Lauren wasn’t staying calm like her brother, or getting angry like me.
She was just….. terrified.
Her face was completely paralyzed with dread. It was the face of something that, as a white person, I’d never experienced before: the feeling — no, the knowledge — that any interaction you have with the police could potentially be fatal. That any breath you take in the presence of a cop could potentially be your last.
We got lucky.”
Jrue was one of the many cases of racial profiling in the United States, a sad situation that too many African Americans fall victim to every day, some not-so-lucky to get out unscathed.