It amazes me how people can continue to defend New York City’s “stop and frisk” policy and deny that it is nothing less than racial warfare. Virtually every person who is stopped is a minority male and nearly every stop proved to be unjustified (i.e. nothing illegal was found, and no crime had been committed). Racial deniers claim that it has resulted in a lower crime rate, but they ignore the fact that crime rates in every major urban areas Including the pre-stop and frisk New York City) have been declining for years. For example, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have lower rates of crime than New York City without any similar police policy.
If you don’t believe that “stop and frisk” is fundamentally racist, consider this: not one stop and frisk has been conducted in one of the highest crime areas in all of New York, namely Wall Street. More crimes are committed on Wall Street than any other area of the country. Granted, these are not violent crimes, but neither are the vast majority of arrests done via “stop and frisk”, which are for minor drug possession offences. As the Daily Show quipped recently, you can throw a dart down Wall Street and hit a half gram of cocaine. Yet how many white men in $3000 suits have been stopped and frisked? I heard one defender of stop and frisk remark that white collar crimes do not destroy lives the way violent crimes do. Really? Financial crimes of Wall Street “banksters” have ruined many lives and resulted in the rapid growth of poverty not just in foreign countries, but right here in the USA. As Dr. King once observed, poverty is the most insidious type of violence.
The truth is that “stop and frisk” is obviously unconstitutional and is only tolerated because it targets minorities. It is racial warfare.