Thank you…. It was by far the most difficult, but amazing project I have ever worked on… SLP :D
Let me preface this by saying I am extremely biased. I have been personally affected by the stop and frisk movement and I have two younger brothers that I am constantly in fear for. Being a black man in America makes you the enemy. Especially when it is an enemy that you aren’t sure you are fighting. There is a system in place where a black and latino males age 18-25 are more likely to go to prison than to any college. Women of color are the fastest growing group to be sent to prison. This is a flawed system, that in a post racial society is more dangerous now than it has ever been for one huge reason…. it isn’t talked about. A policeman is able to say that you look suspicious, stop you, and frisk you without repercussion. A counter argument that I have heard to this is that if you aren’t doing anything wrong then it should be ok. This is so problematic on so many levels. Having been stopped before, I will say that is humiliating and stressful to be involved in. Whether or not I was doing something wrong, my basic right as a citizen felt violated. I am not a criminal and should therefore not be treated as one just because I am walking home with a couple of tall black males. This is discrimination. The fact that minorities are overwhelmingly more often stopped than white people means this is a systematic and racist problem. This is even more problematic because a lot of youth in jail are in jail for possession. As I’ve previously said on this blog, if there were actually to be a war on drugs, going into any college campus would change the demographic breakdown of who is in prison. Once one becomes a felon in many states (11 in the south alone) one loses the right to vote.
This is part one of a thought I’ve been having… I’ll finish later.