Of those stopped last year, 92% were male and 87% were African American or Latino. In essence, we are demonizing and criminalizing an entire generation of black and Latino teen boys and young men – many of them already mired in poverty, sub-par schools, and limited employment possibilities – for the rest of their lives. And before they even know what hit them.
This is not just a New York problem. This is an American epidemic, a national crisis, where it has become acceptable by local police forces to view black and Latino males in inner cities as criminals first, and as citizens maybe. Politicians who say stop-and-frisk has decreased crime are dead wrong. The New York Civil Liberties Union has been documenting the opposite for years; as has the Center for Constitutional Rights.
I have lived in urban America my entire life and there have always been high levels of crime, in spite of this particular police practice. Better schools, job opportunities, mentorship programs, and a rapport with these young men that looks first for the best in them, not the worst, is what will decrease anti-social behavior. That's what kept me from a life of crime.
The lucky ones don't get a criminal record, don't get beat up by the police as many have told me occurs (it happened to me in my youth, too), or become so hardened by the nonstop cop encounters that their already-low self-expectations become frozen in time. Yes, in that way, there is a direct correlation between the staggering high-school drop-out and incarceration rates of black and Latino young males and the systemic perceptions and reactions to them as menaces to society.
You know what keeps you from a life a crime? Not doing a crime.
You know who are the ones who don't get a criminal record? The ones who don't do a crime. Its the same liberal claptrap of excusing the victim on his environment and not understanding their social standing and why they are antisocial..blah...blah..blah.
Stop and Frisk is used to create a presence out in the community and to deter crime. Here is the last full report of crime stats for 2010 in NYC.
Taken from the Guardian comments.
Before commenting on this article I decided to have a quick look at the violent crime by race statistics for New York. The last full year to be published is 2010.
Blacks make up around 60% of all murder suspects, Hispanics are around 30%, whites around 5%. For rape, Blacks account for 50% of all suspects, Hispanics around 33%. whites 9%. For robbery, Blacks account for 70% of all suspects, Hispanics around 25%, whites around 5%. For felonious assault, blacks make up 55% of suspects, Hispanics 33%, whites around 8%. For shootings blacks make up 75% of all suspects, Hispanics 23%, whites 1.5%.
For "stop and frisk" by police, blacks make up around 60%, Hispanics around 30%, whites around 8%.
It seems the police in New York are absolutely correct in their proportions.
Thats why you have a stop and frisk. To say Powell doesn't connect the dots is being kind. Look at these statements in the above piece.
"I have lived in urban America my entire life and there have always been high levels of crime"
"This is an American epidemic, a national crisis, where it has become acceptable by local police forces to view black and Latino males in inner cities as criminals first"
Take those two statements and then reread the crime stats where blacks and hispanics are the victims and perpertrators of crime then ask why stop and frisk is being used. It would be done if there was a high crime element in the inner city caused mostly by blacks and hispanics.
And lets drop the race card because its not about race its about class and in this case the lower class where the breakdown of community, family, lack of father figures and lack of common values and morals have helped to create such a dangerous environment. The police are not the cause, they are being used as a solution to the problem.
Unless of course Kevin Powell wants to go back to shitty 70s and 80s NYC which was a pathetic warzone that earned its reputation dead body by dead body.
You want to fix this inner city problem? Start looking at the people themselves. It has never been about skin color that causes poor areas or lack of common decent values, its always been the people.