Last September, African-American actress Daniele Watts (“Django Unchained”) engaged in lewd, if non-felonious, public conduct, then exploited the tensions arising out of Ferguson to claim victim status, police harassment and race prejudice. When the police were exonerated by the recording of her arrest and she was ordered to apologize by a judge (and asked to apologize by civil rights leaders, who were embarrassed after they rallied to her support only to find that she had played the race card without justification), she failed—twice—to deliver a sincere apology. She is defiant and intoxicated by her martyrdom, another young African American who has been convinced of her entitlement to be an anti-white racist.
To appreciate the tale, we have to go back to September 11, 2014, when the actress and her white boyfriend, a “celebrity chef,” were visibly engaged in sexual conduct in their car in broad daylight on an LA street. Neighbors complained—we have not yet reached the point where rutting in public is legal and acceptable, but give progressives time—and police responded. Naturally, as this was at the height of the Ferguson controversy, the news media immediately reported the story as more police harassment of black citizens, this time for “kissing while black.” Here’s a typical account from September 14:
A black actress who played a slave in “Django Unchained” was treated if it were the 1800s South by LA cops, who cuffed her on suspicion of prostitution — after she was spotted kissing her white boyfriend in public.
Daniele Watts burst into tears as the lawmen slapped cuffs on her during the apparent mix-up Thursday on a sidewalk in the Studio City neighborhood.
The actress — who played Coco in the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film — said she felt helpless and couldn’t help but let her emotions out.
“Those cops could not stop me from expressing myself,” Watts wrote on Facebook. “They could not stop the cathartic tears and rage from flowing out of me. They could not force me to feel bad about myself.
“Yes, they had control over my physical body. But not my emotions. My feelings. My spirit was, and still is FREE.”
Watts and her boyfriend, Brian James Lucas, posted pictures of the encounter on Facebook.
Lucas, a raw-food chef, said was furious to see his girlfriend manhandled by a cop for simply sharing a loving moment with him.“From the questions that he [the officer] asked me . . . I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a H* (prostitute) & a TRICK (client),” he wrote on Facebook.
Watts was held in a police car after declining to give the cop her ID, Lucas wrote, adding, “They had no right to” ask for one.
“So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was,” he added.
Watts posted a picture of a small cut on her wrist from the cuffs. She said that she had been talking to her dad just before the cops busted her and that he had been through similarly unfair stops many times.
“As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong,” she said on Facebook.
The LAPD told The Hollywood Reporter that the person who called 911 on the couple said “a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open” and that an “internal complaint investigation” was initiated.
Watts said the experience made her stronger.
“Today I exist with courage, knowing that I am blessed to have experienced what I did today,” she wrote. “All of those feelings, no matter how uncomfortable. These feelings are what builds my internal strength, my ability to grow through WHATEVER may happen to me.”
This and other similar accounts are likely the ones most people, especially African Americans, still remember as what occurred. It was not what occurred, however, as multiple recordings of the event confirmed. This time, technology backed the cops, and revealed the actress as a racial provocateur.
Video taken by a bystander, supported by witnesses, showed that the couple was indeed having sex in public. The audio recording of the arrest revealed that the embarrassed Watts immediately went on the offensive, and accused the police of profiling.
“Do you know how many times I’ve been called, the cops have been called … just because we’re black and he’s white?” Watts asks.
“Who brought up the race card?” the officer responds.
“I’m bringing it up,” she says..
“I said nothing about you being black,” the officer replies.
Watts then plays the “Do you know who I am?” Card, saying,“You can take me down to the court office and I can make a scene about it. You know that I have a publicist and I work as an actress?”
The officer is a man after my own heart. “I’m mildly interested, I’m mildly interested that you have a publicist,” he says. “Thank you for bringing up the race card. I never hear that.”
Watts then calls her father to complain while the encounter is going on. (She somehow neglects to report the sexual intercourse feature):
“Daddy, Daddy, I can’t believe it — all the things that are happening with the cops right now. I can’t even make out with my boyfriend in front of my fucking studio without getting the cops called on me. I don’t have to give him my ID because it’s my right to sit on the fucking street corner and make out with my boyfriend! That’s my right!”
“Keep yelling, it really helps, it really helps,” the cop says. Watts tries to walk away from the encounter, and the police cuff her and place her under arrest, explaining that this action is because she is being uncooperative. (She was being extremely uncooperative.) The officer then explains to the boyfriend that the matter could be resolved painlessly if Watts would just show her ID.
“I’d already be gone [if she did], just so you know, I’d be gone,” the officer says. “I’m sorry, do you see the gentleman here in handcuffs?” says a supervisor identified as Sgt. Jim Parker, referring to Watts’ companion “No, he’s not.”
Watts then goes on a tirade:
“I bet you, you’re a little bit racist…Hey, this is your job, (dealing with) crazy bat-shit fuckers like me every day of the week, right? That’s what you signed up for, I signed up for freedom! I thought America was land of the free and home of the brave, you know. I’m pretty fucking brave, but I don’t go around putting people in handcuffs. I serve freedom and love. You guys serve detainment. That’s cool, that’s cool, that’s fine…I hope when you’re fucking your spouses you really feel alive.”
Apparently with the advice of her publicist, Watts decided to go national. She told her version of the encounter on CNN that week, describing the incident as racial profiling, and presenting herself as a civil rights warrior, saying,
I do feel that part of my role as a public figure is to raise awareness and be strong enough to say and do the things that maybe people who don’t have the advantages that I have or aren’t strong enough … to do.I still feel strongly I didn’t have to. I’m thankful for the experience, not to say I feel I have to go through it again.
Parker leaked the police recording of the episode to TMZ to rebut the false accusations. Within a week, the ACLU, NAACP and other local civil rights activists were calling on Watts to apologize for her false characterization of the episode. She refused. The Los Angeles city attorney’s office charged the couple with misdemeanor lewd conduct.
Parker, facing discipline for the unauthorized leak, retired from the force rather than go through the ordeal. His career was a now casualty of Watt’s racial bias.
In November, Watts participated in a panel on racial profiling. She told the audience that she reacted to the police in the context of her previous experiences with racial profiling, and with thoughts of Michael Brown on her mind. “If we’re going to condemn me, then we also have to look at the entire society that I am a product of,” she said.
I invite anyone to justify that statement. The actress had engaged in the infraction she was detained for. She denied it, lied about it, was disrespectful and unfair to police, and cried racism without justification. If she is saying that society made her a racist, she is excusing racism and ducking responsibility. Any white racist can argue as credibly that society is at fault. She sees no reason to express contrition or admit to wrongdoing. Because she had been profiled in the past, and because Mike Brown was shot (legally and justly, but never mind) she should be excused for accusing police of racial bias and profiling her for an offense when she knew she was guilty of the offense.
Why wasn’t she booed off the stage? Why didn’t any panelists say, “With all due respect, that’s utter bullshit”?
Watts pleaded not guilty in January. In May, she and her boyfriend pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace. In exchange for their pleas, the lewd conduct charge was dropped; the judge ordered them both to complete 40 hours of community service and write letters apologizing to the two officers, as well as the occupants of the Ventura Boulevard building who reported them to police.
Here was Watts’ first letter of apology. As you can see, there is no contrition, no acknowledgement of wrongdoing, no sincere regret. She even accuses the officers of provoking her. The judge found it to be “insincere and passive aggressive,” and gave her another chance. This was the pathetic result:
I want to acknowledge that when we met last September, I allowed fear, shame, and anxiety to prevent me from relating to you in a peaceful way. Hopefully you can forgive the fact that my heightened emotions disturbed what might have otherwise been a carefree stop on your way to a nice cup of coffee.
‘With all the recent news coverage on the issue of biased policing, we probably all have a clearer understanding of the subtle – and often bizarre – ways that racial conflict continues to haunt many people in America. Sgt. Parker, when you said sarcastically, “Thank you for bringing up the race card, I never hear that,” I felt provoked because I had previously encountered many disheartening experiences related to “being black” both in my personal life, and as reflected in society overall. Your willingness to dismiss my experience with sarcasm was hurtful, and caused me to respond defensively.
‘Looking on the brighter side, we do believe that the public discourse that surrounded our encounter was beneficial, as it provided an opportunity for the public to discuss, and more deeply understand the “taboo” subject of interracial relationships. As you may know, interracial marriage was only made legal in the United States in 1967, and for many, it is still a very sensitive issue. I am grateful for our meeting because it allowed me to examine the shame and self-hatred I had been bottling inside, and release it.
‘We truly appreciate role you’ve played in bringing awareness to so many issues.
‘With Love, Daniele Watts & Brian James Lucas.’
Both versions of the apology letters were signed with a cute little heart.
Both are also utter failures as apologies, 10’s on the Ethics Alarms Apology Scale:
10. An insincere and dishonest apology designed to allow the wrongdoer to escape accountability cheaply, and to deceive his or her victims into forgiveness and trust, so they are vulnerable to future wrongdoing.
I am especially impressed with how she re-framed the event as being about her interracial relationship, as if that , and not the fact that this particular inter-racial couple was boinking half-dressed in a car with the its door open while the sun was shining bright, precipitated the confrontation. Does she really believe that? She probably does.
She’s that self-righteous.
She’s that deluded.
Daniele Watts’ inability to recognize her own misconduct or show any genuine respect for the officers proves her complete immersion in an anti-white, racist, defiant, angry and hateful mindset, hammered into the consciousness of young African Americans by biased activists, cynical politicians, ideologically warped scholars, and journalists. She’s both a product and a victim of a relentless process promoting fear and distrust between the races. Now she’s determined to play an active role in that process as well.
Again, there is every reason for black Americans—and white Americans, of course— to resent racism and refuse to tolerate it. The kind of reflex anti-white bias and enmity being promoted in recent years, however, culture wide, is nothing less than poison for our society and our nation.
Her letters rejected as the defiant shams they were, the judge sentenced Watts and her boyfriend to 15 days of community labor and two years of probation.