LARRY RANKIN - DETECTIVE
Larry Rankin had been a cop for seven years before his partner was fired from the department for use of excessive force on a Black robbery suspect. After a thorough investigation of Larry by the internal affairs bureau, they found that Larry had not been involved in the incident and had no history of such. This rendered Larry Rankin very cautious of his actions and expressions. He knew he was not a racist; however, he was hasty to pre-empt any notions that he might be. He had an acute commitment to political correctness. This posture worked well until he was partnered with the Black Detective Ken Madison, who was radical in his mainstream perspectives. Madison wasn’t rude when he rejected Rankin’s high five attempts, he just ignored them, leaving Rankin’s hand awkwardly hanging in the air. Equally awkward was how Madison, changed the subject abruptly when Rankin would refer to Madison as “Bro’”. Virtually, every effort Rankin made to demonstrate is sensitivity to Madison’s Blackness was dismissed abruptly. It was as though Rankin had been enrolled in an advanced crash course of “How to Treat a Black Man as a Man Without Exposing That You Are Uncomfortable About Being Around Him.” It was a tough course, but he found that Madison was truly a good and fun friend as well as a dedicated and thorough cop. Another class he was learning from Madison was how being a man wasn’t about constant female conquests. He was learning, howbeit slowly, that all men were not cock hounds and that those that were not cock hounds could also be cool, funny, attractive and successful in their careers. Rankin, so desperately wanting to not be seen as racist, identified himself with the Democrat party. He really didn’t know what all it stood for, but it seemed soothing to his bleeding heart after the investigation into his possible connection to the excessive force case.
It was confusing to him that his Black partner was a Republican. He had great respect for his partner, Madison, which caused Rankin to reexamine what he thought about the entire Black perspective and experience.