Meet Homa Bash, a reporter for NBC5 in Dallas, Texas. Bash recently relocated from Cleveland, and it wasn't long before she received a warm Texas welcome by having the cops called on her because of her skin color.
Bash, who clearly has a great sense of humor, tweeted about the incident. Even though Bash seems to find the situation funny, her tweet quickly sparked outrage in the Twitterverse due to the current racial tensions in the country.
Her tweet initiated a conversation about ethnic minorities and racial profiling, and users were quick to share their two cents. Bash's tweet has since been liked more than 150,000 times and has been shared more than 74,000 times.
Homa Bash was the victim of racial profiling, and the incident encouraged others to share their own stories of racial profiling. A number of ethnic minorities joined in on the conversation to reveal just how bad (read: flagrantly racist) racial profiling can be.
When officer Laurie Hunter responded to the call, she instantly realized that the two journalists were not a threat. Bash later gave Hunter a shout-out on Twitter for "being so cool & letting us do our jobs."
(For the record, this is a photo of Beyonce, not Laurie Hunter. Obviously.)
Plano police spokesperson David Tilley said that cops have been called on journalists before in Plano, and it even happened twice to a white reporter. He also claims that the caller didn't immediately offer racial information about Bash and Johnson but did so when asked to describe the two "suspicious" people.
"We always ask, 'Can you give us a description of the vehicle, of the people if you can see them?'" Tilley said. "That way, when our officers arrive on scene, they know what they're looking for."