Posts Tagged ‘stop and frisk’

Let’s Stop And Frisk the New York Police Department

March 26, 2012 1 comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usBy Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton

The controversial ‘program’, Stop and Frisk is a legal reason for law enforcement to harass, er, stop mostly minorities in the hopes of catching some infraction (Firearms, drugs, etc.) in the name of preventative measures to stop alleged criminal activities before they happen.  I’m sure this was put in place because before this ‘program’ was instituted, it was illegal to do this without just cause (and mind you, in New York City, just cause is being Black and any other non-white race. As we know it, the police stopped us ‘just cause’ we’re minorities.) This has been controversial since its inception because it usually happens in minority neighborhoods (or as law enforcement likes to say, ‘high crime areas’. That is cop speak for any neighborhood that houses mostly Blacks and Latinos).

Nearly 90% of the ‘victims’ of the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program (Stop and Frisk- New York Civil Liberties Union’s stats) were ‘innocent’ of any infractions, yet, this continues in the name of ‘preventing crime’, yet, there are crimes in other areas of the city, yet, the ‘citizens’ of those neighborhoods aren’t subjected to this method. What I don’t understand is how can this practice be justified when only 10% of the people harassed, er, stopped, may have weapons, drugs or anything illegal on them? Law enforcement claims it is preventing crime by doing this but how come they aren’t on the Upper East Side frisking white kids who deal drugs, carry weapons and commit other crimes as well? Or down in Chelsea or any other ‘non-minority’ area of the city? Read more…


How Obama and Black Politicians Have Reinvented the Negro

March 22, 2012 1 comment

 By Torrance Stephens
Politicians of African descent in America, in concert with the non-concern of their voting constituency have reinvented the Negro, or better yet made the Negro retro chic. What do I mean by this? Well from an etymological perspective, the word Negro is Spanish for black. The Spanish language comes from Latin, which has its origins in Classical Greek. The word Negro is derived from the Greek root word necro, meaning dead. It was a reference to the state of mind for millions of Africans. Politicians thrive and live on the fact that folk are negro as opposed to self determined individuals with the ability to reason and problem solve, thus ensuring their hold in politics. But what they fail to understand that if they truly want to deal with the economic plight of African Americans, they need to face the fact that economic improvement cannot be accomplished within the context of mass incarceration and the environment of the criminal justice arena that foster incessant Jim Crow-like practices. For the same dynamic that led to Jim Crow after the Civil war and emancipation proclamation has led to the present day mass incarceration of African Americans.
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