Scottie Scheffler walks onto the 10th tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club. Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been over 24 hours since news hit that the Louisville Police Department had arrested Scottie Scheffler. The No. 1 golfer in the world was hit with four charges including reckless driving and second-degree assault of a police officer.

A lot of people were outraged that this would happen to the No. 1 player in the world and thought the LPD was too aggressive in their pursuit of the golf star, but people like me have one question: Why didn’t he comply?

As an African-American, anytime we are in a situation with the police and something bad happens to us, the first thing out of some people’s mouths is why didn’t they comply?

Funny, that wasn’t asked of Scottie Scheffler. People around the country were having fits that this thing would happen to a guy like him.

But as Black America looked on, we just shook our heads and kind of laughed and said this is what we’ve been telling you this whole time America.

Sometimes compliance doesn’t work and sounds like in this case, Scheffler didn’t comply. From reports, when the police asked him to wait to get into Valhalla, he refused and tried to barge his way in there anyway despite the fact they were handling a major crime scene.

Imagine if this was a black golfer not named Tiger Woods or a black person period minding their own business. Shoot, Scheffler should be glad he is still alive, because who knows what could have happened given the seriousness of the situation

Breonna Taylor wasn’t so lucky. Some people may have forgotten or don’t know that this same police department ended her life years ago. The LPD entered her home without notice and shot and killed her. What made that situation worse was they tried to cover it up and almost got away with it.

They would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the fed’s involvement. The officers in that case were charged with several different things including civil rights violations. One of the officers involved in that tragic incident will be back on trial later this year.

But seeing people outraged over Scheffler even though it appears he was wrong in this situation, just proves once again we live in two different Americas.

Where was this outrage when Breonna Taylor was shot and killed? The police murdered her in her home, yet there are more people upset that a rich golfer got handcuffed than a black woman being murdered in her own bed.

Scottie Scheffler is lucky on two fronts: lucky that he is a rich guy who could probably get the best reputation and get out of this situation and lucky that he is a white man, because as most black people know, had it been one of us who didn’t comply with the police, it may have been a far different result.

The mindset of this country has to change. One thing that has always bothered Black America is how we are treated differently by the police, that’s why Colin Kaepernick tried to call attention to the injustice suffered by people of color at the hands of the police and was punished for it by not being allowed to play in the NFL again.

If we are supposed to be one nation under God, then we need to start acting like it and seek justice for all.

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.