White Americans might want to keep it cool when traveling aboard. If not, they could be locked up or much worse. One recent, glaring example is Julian Adame from Sacramento, California. He is reportedly incarcerated in a Japanese prison because he broke a lamp at a bar in Tokyo.
According to Fox 40, Adame, who was traveling after studying aboard, was bar hopping and ended up breaking a lamp. He is now in prison for nine months with the charge of “obstruction of the performance of official duties.” He pleaded guilty and was ready to pay a fine, but his mother claims the case keeps getting pushed back.
Wow. Sounds like being Black in America.
“I’m losing it now at this point too. I just want him home. This is ridiculous, he’s not a criminal… He’s being woken up in another bar that he doesn’t remember going to and being told that he broke a lamp and he has to pay $1,000,” his mother, Leah Smith, said. “At one point the police officer grabbed his arm and it snapped back and hit the officer in his chin.”
A spokesperson for the University of Redlands, where Julian is a student, released the following statement:
“We are aware that Julian Adame remains detained in Japan. We have been in contact with local and international law enforcement agencies in Japan to ask for status, express our concern, and offer our assistance.”
The State Department also released the following statement:
“We can confirm that U.S. citizen Julian Adame was arrested in Tokyo on May 22, 2018. The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities. We are providing all appropriate consular assistance to Mr. Adame. Consular officers are in contact with Mr. Adame’s family and friends, and visit him at the Tokyo Detention Center regularly.”
Julian’s mother reportedly received a letter from him that read, “I love you so much and think about you all the time.” He also said, “I’m scared and want to come home.”
Everyone needs to be careful traveling aboard. Countries like Japan do not have time for white privilege games. Nonetheless, we hope Julian Adame is released sooner than later. See the news clip below: