Fletcher Harris, of Rockaway Park, warms himself by a flaming oil barrel on 118th Street, October 31st. Parts of New York City outside Manhattan, including Staten Island, Coney Island in Brooklyn and The Rockaways in Queens, were completely devastated by superstorm Sandy, destroying homes, businesses and knocking gas stations offline. “No one knows we’re here,” one Coney Island resident told a reporter from WCBS 880, a local news radio station. (Photo: Adrian Fussell / Reportage by Getty Images via The New Yorker)
[Picture of a white man wearing a Andriod Gay Pride Shirt. It’s the shirt I’ll be wearing so you can find me at NYCPride. I’m not white: but uploading video takes a very long time in my hotel.]
Hi! I’m Rachel. I run thelittlekneesofbees, a microblog on tumblr and I along with Riley are having a POC/Allied meetup for NYCPride this year on Sunday June 24th 2012
MY FRIENDS ARE BEING HELD IN THE BACK OF A POLICE WAGON, SWEATING AND BEGGING FOR WATER. THE POLICE ARE REFUSING TO TURN ON THE AIR OR PROVIDE THEM WITH WATER. A MAN HAS A SERIOUS HEAD WOUND AND NEEDS IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. I QUOTE “HIS FINGERS ARE TURNING BLUE AND THEY’RE LAUGHING AT US”.
Do not let the nypd get away with this.
U.S. government studies have consistently found that young whites use marijuana at higher rates than young blacks or Latinos. Yet, in 2010, the New York Police Department arrested blacks for marijuana possession at seven times the rate of whites, and Latinos at nearly four times the rate of whites. In New York City 87% of the people arrested for marijuana possession are blacks and Latinos.
New York City’s racially-biased marijuana arrests are extreme, but they are not unusual. Large cities and counties throughout the United States arrest blacks and Latinos for marijuana possession at three, four, five, and up to ten times or more the rate of whites. Los Angeles arrests blacks at seven times the rate of whites, just as New York City does. Chicago does as well. Along with DNA collection for misdemeanors and other policing policies, this produces an institutional form of unjust discrimination that some have termed “racism without racists.” The law professor and scholar Michelle Alexander has rightly described this as “the new Jim Crow.” +
Why am I not surprised.
You could expand this data to any city. In undergrad I lived in the projects & you would see cars full of white kids pulling up every weekend to find whoever was serving that night. The kids in the cars? Never got busted even though they were buying big dumb bags of dope.