Woman Says She's Repeatedly Pulled Over Because Her Dog Gets Mistaken for a Black Man | 22 Words

A woman's blog post has gone viral after it highlights racism in the most shocking way - revealing that she repeatedly gets pulled over because her dog is mistaken for a black man.

Keep scrolling to read this alarming story and just how shocking her encounters with the cops were...

People are finally waking up to the systematic racism that is rife in our nation.

And one woman's blog post has highlighted this racism in the most shocking way.

The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.

Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Many protests turned violent...

But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

It has also taken over our streets...

For instance, a group of people painted large yellow letters saying "Black Lives Matter" down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C - a two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.

Protests have been happening across the pond too...

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

We are witnessing history in the making...

And people are continuing to demand justice.

One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.

Just last week, across the pond in the UK, a video went viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into a nearby river.

Colston was a slave trader.

Colston was Conservative MP for Bristol following his tenure as deputy governor of the Royal African Company. He is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced. 

The statue was ninety-three-years-old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.

Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...

His transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.

It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...

And this is when things turned ugly.

The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...

And protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.

But this week, something shocking has come to light.

A woman has revealed that she frequently gets pulled over as her poodle gets mistaken for a black man.

She wrote about her experience in a blog post titled "A White Woman, Racism, and a Poodle."

Award-winning playwright and children's television writer Cynthia Franks wrote about how she noticed the different treatment by law enforcement when she moved back to her hometown after living in New York City for fifteen years.

Franks explains how in at least 3 traffic stops for offenses such as impeding traffic when there were no other cars on the road...

Cops were quick to reach for their gun holster. She revealed prior to her time in New York she only got pulled over 3 times in fifteen years, but every time she got stopped with her poodle, Merlin, in the passenger seat, she never received a ticket and was left confused.

In the first incident, Franks got stopped while driving and a Monroe County Sheriff unfastened the top of the holster of his gun.

"He looked in the window and flashed his light on Merlin and his demeanor changed. The stern look on his face disappeared, but he seemed… annoyed," she wrote. "I thought I was going to get a ticket for Merlin being in the front seat. He didn't ask if I'd been drinking or had any weapons."

The cop then checked her license told her she was going 3 miles under the speed limit, was impeding traffic, and let her off.

"There were no other cars on the road," she wrote.

Franks describes the second time she got pulled over as the "oddest one."

This time, Merlin was in the backseat of her car. "When the officer got to my window he asked, 'Who's in the back?' I said, 'No one. Just my dogs.' He asked me 2 more times. 'Who's in the back?' And I said, 'It's a dog.' He asked me to take the dog out of the vehicle. "The officer seemed annoyed as he said, 'Is that a Poodle?' I said yes and put Merlin back in the van. The officer seemed mad as he explained impeding traffic law, like I tricked him somehow and was wasting his time."

At this point, having been pulled over twice, Franks began to question whether her speedometer was broken.

Although she says it's in "good shape."

Things got really scary, however, during the third incident.

While driving home from her sister's house after 10 pm, 2 Huron Township cars followed her for half a mile before turning on its lights. Franks then said she checked her speedometer to confirm she was driving at the speed limit.

Despite not speeding...

She was still pulled over. "One cop walked up on the passenger side of my van. I saw him in the sideview mirror unholstering his gun as he sidled up to the window where Merlin was sitting. "I rolled down my window and was asked to roll down the passenger window… He asked me if I'd been drinking and if I had any weapons… He took my license and examined it with his flashlight. He handed it back and asked where I was going. ..The whole time the other cop is still standing on the passenger side with his hand on his holstered gun," Franks explained.

Things continued to get more bizarre...

"The first officer explained I was driving erratically and going 5 miles under the speed limit and went through the impeding traffic law as if I was 5 years old. I didn't get a ticket."

Franks couldn't figure out why she kept getting pulled over...

But, while she was in a restaurant, an old neighbor came in and told her: 'There's a black man stealing your van. He's behind the wheel right now. "I paused a minute and realized he was referring to Merlin. Bells went off," she wrote.

That's when the realization hit.

"I was furious... I wasn't impeding traffic, it's not my van, it's not my driving–they thought Merlin was a black man! "That's why I kept getting pulled over."

Franks was furious...

"How could I be so stupid! "This happened to me 5 times in the span of about a year. I cannot imagine having it happen several times a week my entire life. As a white woman, getting stopped by the police is scary; it makes my heart race and my stomach hurt. "I'm sure a black person's fear and rage is a hundred times greater."

Franks revealed that Merlin has now sadly died...

And since his passing, she hasn't been pulled over once.

Since her shocking post went viral...

She says that many more people who have been racist in the past, are now supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. You can read the full post here.