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A “Silent March” Against the Police Stop-and-Frisk State

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    After ten years of escalating police aggression on the streets of New York, a broad range of political actors have combined for a Silent March Against Racial Profiling, this Sunday. Under Mayor Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk regime, “every young Black and brown man in New York is treated as if he is walking contraband, and that he is ‘too hot’ to allow to walk about freely.” In practice, the policy is little different from racist South Africa’s apartheid pass system.


    A “Silent March” Against the Police Stop-and-Frisk State

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    There is little to distinguish the daily racial regime in New York City from the apartheid pass system of white ruled South Africa.”

    Before 9/11, it seemed that racial profiling was on the rocks. After years of successful litigation and agitation, it was no longer acceptable in polite white society to defend police departments that accosted Black drivers and pedestrians for no legally justifiable reason. Prominent Republican politicians denounced racial profiling in no uncertain terms. Then, the Twin Towers came down, the Constitution flew out the window, and racial profiling became the de facto law of the land, once again. Arab-looking people – whatever that means – caught hell like they had never before experienced on the streets of the United States. But, in hindsight, we now know that the return of aggressive and unapologetic racial profiling had its heaviest impact on…the usual suspects: Black people.

    The fabulously wealthy Michael Bloomberg won election as mayor of New York just two months after September 11th, and immediately declared that Black and brown pedestrians had no rights that his police were bound to respect. In 2002, Bloomberg’s cops scooped up a little less than 100,000 people. Last year, the total was almost 700,000. In practice, there is little to distinguish the daily racial regime in New York City from the apartheid pass system of white ruled South Africa, where non-whites were made to produce identification papers to justify their presence in those areas of the country designated for whites. Apparently, under Mayor Bloomberg, all of New York City is white people’s territory, because Black and brown folks are stopped for no good reason in every section of town.

    Bloomberg declared that Black and brown pedestrians had no rights that his police were bound to respect.”

    Mayor Bloomberg last Sunday delivered his first speech in ten years dedicated solely to explaining his stop-and-frisk policies. Bloomberg chose a Black Baptist Church in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Back in the early years of the 20th century, Brownsville was nearly 100 percent Jewish, and registered the highest murder rate in the city. Today, Bloomberg and his flunkies like to claim that there’s a kind of “silent majority” of Black folks, especially in high crime areas, that support routine police violations of African American civil and human rights. But there’s little evidence of that. Instead, the broad-based makeup of this coming Sunday’s Silent March Against Racial Profiling, starting in Harlem, demonstrates that even the more passive and malleable elements of the Black misleadership class – such as the NAACP and the easily bought Rev. Al Sharpton – feel compelled to raise the banner against stop-and-frisk.

    Mayor Bloomberg defended his perpetual, race-based police dragnets as a form of preventive policing, similar to preventive war. Although relatively few guns have been confiscated over the years, Bloomberg insists that’s because guns have become “too hot to carry.” What that really means, of course, is that every young Black and brown man in New York is treated as if he is walking contraband, and that he is “too hot” to allow to walk about freely. He is the crime, about to happen.

    And, isn’t that always the story, in the U.S.A. White people always claim that their crimes against Black people are defensive in nature. Who knows what chaos might break out if Black people were really free.

    For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to

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    posted by Buzzfeed Politics Jun 15, 2012

    The online liberal powerhouse MoveOn has come out against Charles Barron, a controversial New York City Council member whose candidacy has also drawn fire from everyone from Jewish groups to senior Washington Democrats.

    The move by MoveOn is surprising because Barron's opponent is a relatively moderate Democrat, Hakeem Jeffries.

    Here's the email from the group:

    Dear MoveOn member,

    There are some people who don’t belong in elected office. Charles Barron is one of those people.

    Barron is running for Congress from New York’s new 8th District, and with very few voters expected to show up for the primary on June 26, he has a legitimate chance of winning. Retiring corporate Democrat Ed Towns has endorsed Barron to spite his political enemies and Barron is furiously working to hide his inflammatory record.

    But what Barron doesn’t want you to know is that rather than actually trying to fix problems, he’s spent his career specializing in divisive, offensive, and just plain outrageous statements and behavior. Here’s just a sampling:

    “Out there, they don’t know that [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi was our brother. People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything.’”1

    When asked about the gay rights movement, Barron said, “I don’t consider it a civil rights issue of our time.”2

    “The biggest terrorist in the world is the government of Israel.”3

    “I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.”4

    Barron explained his opposition to gay marriage by saying, “I believe simply in an institution of marriage between a man and a woman. My wife and I believe that. We support every other thing regarding gay rights and we support everything but the marriage thing. We don’t want to have people impose their values or beliefs on us and we’re not imposing ours on you.”5

    Barron invited Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe to speak at City Hall despite the fact that, “Amnesty International holds President Mugabe and his government responsible for the attacks against opposition politicians, against members of civilian society, against African farm workers and for creating an environment of fear and intimidation.”6

    This is the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from the most offensive tea partier. Those tea partiers, frankly, don’t belong in Congress. And neither does Charles Barron.

    Can you pass on this email to make sure no voter in the 8th District is fooled by Barron’s recent attempts to whitewash his record?

    Thanks for all you do.

    –Daniel, Levana, and the rest of the team


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