Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thousands March Silently to Protest Stop-and-Frisk Policies -

This mass march down 5th Avenue is one of the most important developments in the City of New York in many, many years.  The dilemma of the situation of Black people in the United States is that white Americans who long found ways to rationalize the inferior position of Black people are intolerant of corrective measures.  The Supreme Court for forty years now has blocked with increasing rigor any race-conscious remedy.
Meanwhile minorities fill the jails, drop out of school, and are unemployed at dreadful rates.  All this under regimes facially-neutral but disparate in impact.  Black youth drink no more alcohol and smoke no more marijuana than whites - but suffer hundreds of thousands of searches and arrests in New York.  White voters are comfortable with this.  The declining crime rate is seen as the result of this regime of stop and frisk, arrest, and incarceration.  Finally the tide seems to be running against the police state tactics of the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg. - GWC
Thousands March Silently to Protest Stop-and-Frisk Policies -
 "In a slow, somber procession led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders, several thousand demonstrators began a silent march on Sunday down Fifth Avenue from 110th Street to protest the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies, which the organizers say single out minority groups and create an atmosphere of martial law for the city’s black and Latino residents"...
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