So you may have heard about the harassment of negroes and hispanics by police officers before. In New York City they’ve given it a fancy brand name and call it “Stop and Frisk” — but ask many people of color and they’ll tell you they’ve dealt with it for years. In the current trial about the policy the sitting judge weighed in yesterday
“A lot of people are being frisked or searched on suspicion of having a gun and nobody has a gun,” Judge Scheindlin, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, said on Monday during closing arguments in the trial. “So the point is: the suspicion turns out to be wrong in most of the cases.”
You mean targeting brown and black folks and getting it wrong 90% of the time is a bad thing? That’s just madness. Between that and the recent NYPD statistics showing that the incredibly necessary practice of Stop and Frisk which keeps everyone so safe had dropped 50% and by some sort of black magic (get it?) crime also dropped.
MADNESS I say.
So in an effort to call shenanigans to all of this and raise awareness of the problematic practice I put out an open call to artists, activists, lawmakers, and anyone who agreed this is a problem. I was joined by Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X and Florida artist (who produced the track) Willie Evans Jr. and a bunch of personalities like NY Times best seller Baratunde Thurston, Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead, New York Councilman Jumaane Williams and many more. Check out the finished product and let me know what you think. And if you enjoy it please feel free to share the holy crap out of it. We’re hoping to make it clear that this sort of harassment is never okay.
It definitely gets the message across.
“Totally Biased” was talking about “Stop and Frisk” last week, have you thought of submitting this video to W. Kamau Bell?
zombie rotten mcdonald
That. Was. AWESOME.
Goofus gives extra scrutiny to groups opposed to taxes to see if they’re violating tax laws. Gallant stops and frisks young black and Hispanic men because, I mean, come on.
If Stop and Frisk was happening along Park Avenue to old blue haired ladies or Wall Street to the Finance Sector grifters the program would have been over that very first day.
But the program targeted poor minority kids so no one cared.
Thank you for not subjecting us to that horrible audio player.
Judge Scheidlin? Is that Judge Judy’s hubby? I wouldn’t fuck with him if it is.
Oh, and I’m glad to see a ‘Burgh rapper standing up for justice. I’m sharing as we speak.
Not that I want to put my lily-white ass in a holding cell (“Yeee-ouch!”), but maybe it’s time they started picking a different color.
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“suspicion of having a gun”? Should’t the NRA be all over this slur against gun-carrying patriots? Where oh where can they be?
I would go a step farther than simply not caring and say that people approved.
@MikeJ: Heh, juu!
Imagine if we mixed Texas’ (and soon to be 15-ish other states’) extremely liberal CnC and open-carry laws with solid SYG legy (like FLs) and then threw in NYC Stop All N#ggers policy. Im guessin you’d have more dead cops and confused but innocent shooters than the morgue could handle.
The Tea Party feels your pain, bro. If only.
@scav: Just, wow. So, while this Shit is going on, white people are encouraged to open carry everywhere they go. Wow.
@Dacia: Thanks for assuming I was going for friendly teasing like some of us do around here, and not being a tremendous asshat, which some of us do around here.
@‘Niques: Odd, isn’t it? Pale carriers are all “Stop and Admire” for that lot.
Alex in NYC
@geg6: Unrelated to Judge Judy, and if she were, it would be her wife — Scheindlin is a woman too.
OT Flossie and Skeeter update with video.
Elon James White
I made a similar argument on #TWiBradio that we’re posting lata today.
@‘Niques: Well, there’d be no need to frisk anyone if everybody was open carrying. As always, the answer is MOAR GUNZ.
Yup. Then the cops could just open fire without having to stop and ask questions.
Not that this edit is needed, but it came to mind.
One of the earliest clues that conservatives were really, really, really disconnected from reality I ever had was when I was watching the second Men in Black movie with my extremely Heartlandist cousin as a teenager, and actually had to explain the “it came with a black dude, but he kept getting pulled over” joke.
Bob Herbert used to write about this* ALL.THE.TIME., and he left the NYTimes at least two years ago.
*ETA: Maybe he still does. I used to admire him very much. But he used to be a regular guest on MSNBC’s “Countdown,” and then Olbermann got fired, and then Herbert quit the NYT (or maybe in the other order), and I’ve lost track of him.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@SiubhanDuinne: he’s at the liberal think tank Demos. Still sometimes appears on Maddow’s show.
I’d buy the single. Shit, you put together an album with some solid tracks like that and donate the proceeds to a social justice defense fund, I’ll be buying it up for Christmas gifts.
@Roger Moore: Feature. It’s a racist’s dream. I simply cannot express my disgust. We should have come so much farther as a species.
Elon James White
Well the single is available in all major digital music stores. The proceeds are currently going to making sure we can do stuff like that. TWiB! isn’t funded by anyone besides the listeners and my sad wallet. Apparently Indie Media is NOT where you get rich at. NOBODY TOLD ME! I’m actually working with the producer of the track (Willie Evans Jr.) on a bigger project we’ve affectionately named the “Brunch and Blackness Mixtape” Who knows what else is coming. ;-)
Itunes — http://twib.me/friskremix
@Elon James White: That’s a good place for the funds to go.
Hey, kids. Stop-and-frisk ain’t a fancy new brand name. The term goes back to at least the ’60s in Chicagoland, according to my very own memory. But, yes, it meant the same thing back then that it means today. At least back then, when I was in high school, the concept was considered controversial even by mainstream liberals.
It’s not the War On Terror or the War On Drugs or the War On Crime — it’s the War On Brown People.
Just the same old Jim Crow laws by another means.
And it’s not just me saying that. Law professor Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” made that case last year, and it’s become a bestseller since then.
Source: “Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller Galvanizes the Debate,” The New York Times, 6 March 2012.
@Elon James White: Gangstagrass has shown that a hip hop collective with heavy social justice themes can be successful. Does TWiB see itself pursuing that kind of model?