criminalization of black youth

*people call a system of mass incarceration that treats black youth as criminals by default and works to legally enslave them via prison labor violent*

Racists: Lol how is that violence?

*protester kicks a car*

Racists: Omg violence is wrong, what would MLK say if he were alive today

There Are No Sanctuaries

by Kesi Foster, Urban Youth Collaborative (NYC)
December 16, 2016

Black and Brown youth have never received sanctuary in this country, its cities, our communities, or in the institutions that are supposed to provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment, including our schools. Despite Mayor’s and municipal governments from New York to Philadelphia and Los Angeles to the Bay Area cities, reaffirming their commitments to be “Sanctuary Cities,” Black and Brown youth are entangled in a web of oppressive, discriminatory, and dehumanizing policing and criminal justice systems weaved on the local level around their communities and schools.

The Sanctuary Cities movement emerged in the 1980’s when communities worked with churches to provide sanctuary for people leaving Central America due to political instability fostered by US involvement. The churches promised a safe haven free from the clutches of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As the Obama Administration aggressively moved to break-up immigrant families, deporting more people than the 2.5 million people, the Sanctuary City movement began to redefine sanctuary to address the new conditions. This has included varying levels of commitment by Municipal governments to not cooperate with ICE. Some Sanctuary Cities have passed policies to not share local law enforcement information with ICE and not to detain individuals for minor crimes based on their status. Other districts have passed mostly symbolic commitments to limit interactions between local law enforcement and ICE. Certain districts provide legal and social supports for undocumented communities. Today, close to 50 cities across the country claim to be sanctuaries by providing protections from an unjust, unforgiving, and discriminatory federal criminal legal system.

Unfortunately, Black and Brown young people and their families in these same cities are not protected from unjust, unforgiving and discriminatory local criminal legal systems. From “broken windows” policing, to Stop and Frisk, to criminalizing the poor to the school-to-prison pipeline, the systems that Black and Brown youth are forced to navigate everyday make finding sanctuaries an impossible task.

Even if local officials don’t let ICE walk in the front door of our schools to take our children, local militarized police forces are taking Black and Brown youth out of the back door in handcuffs. This is not a sanctuary for Black and brown who are targeted and it’s not a safe place for them to learn. Black students are more than two times as likely to be referred to law enforcement than their white peers, and Latina and Indigenous students are similarly disproportionately criminalized and pushed into the criminal legal system by their schools. As the incoming Administration begins to expand on plans to expand its use of criminal to target undocumented communities, and push Stop and Frisk as a national strategy to increase law and order in Black communities, school-policing policies will do little to provide sanctuaries for any community.

State and local funding priorities facilitate putting young people in front of police, prosecutors, and judges when they need guidance counselors, mental health workers, and restorative justice practitioners. There is no evidence police in schools creates safer environments or helps improve academic outcomes, but for many Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth, police are more prevalent in their schools than guidance counselors and more empowered than school administrators. Police were never put in schools with Black and Brown youth to keep them safe. They are there to police them and that will always end in their criminalization and incarceration. If Black and Brown youth are ever going to be free from the clutches of the local and federal criminal legal systems that stalk them in their communities and schools, we must respond to the new conditions created by the infrastructure put in place by the Obama administration and those that preceded him and by the explicit intentions of the incoming Administration to oppress, deport, and incarcerate Black, Latina, Muslim and Indigenous communities. We have to respond collectively across struggles.

Our resistance must keep all undocumented communities – Latina, Black, Asian, Muslim free from the federal criminal legal system and dismantle the local criminal legal system that has denied Black communities from ever finding sanctuary in this country. As communities, we have an opportunity to connect our struggles, to expand ideas and strategies to go beyond protection from one system because these systems are all interconnected. We need to come together and collectively transform our institutions, communities, and cities into sites of resistance and protection for everyone.

There’s a tidbit of a talk I did not too long ago in which I talked about Sikh allyship to the Black Lives Matter movement. I feel the need to share with you folks.

Just a few days ago, KPS Gill passed away and while Sikhs remembered the atrocities he committed through the Punjab police, people across India praised the man in their tearful obituaries for a “job well done.”

Sikhs activists across the globe speak out against the blatant genocidal murder at the hands of the Punjab police, but why do they speak out against (or worse, stay silent about) Black Lives Matter?

You would think that the manner in which we were dehumanized and our very identity was criminalized would teach us to be allies of people who face the same thing?

You would think that hearing your innocent uncles and aunts murdered by the Punjab police, only to be labeled as terrorists post-mortem would teach us to speak up when murdered black youth are called “thugs” and criminals.

You would think that seeing over 200,000 Sikhs being murdered or disappeared by the Punjab police would teach us to speak up about the mass incarceration and murder of black people.

You would think that the manner in which it stung to hear people defend KPS Gill as a good man and not a criminal against humanity would teach us not to defend the police personnel that used excessive force and racial aggression to end a black person’s life.

You would think that we could draw parallels from our oppression and be allies to our black siblings, but such does not seem to be the case. We let our anti-blackness dehumanize their struggles, allowing us to distance ourselves- the exact same way non-Sikh Indians sat hand-on-hand as the Indian government launched a genocide against the Sikh people.

We need to do better, Sikh siblings. Rise up to the plate.


anonymous asked:

How can you even say black people are more forgiving than any other race? When you blacks are the most racist and homophobic people in the world? You want whites to accept you but you want to be racist against them. You want to always use the race card for everything if it involves another race that isn't yours. When something happens in the hood you don't want to speak...but when your race is killed by someone who isn't black you all come out speaking and protesting? Foh w/your sensitive asses.

The post you are referencing is this:


How can you even say black people are more forgiving than any other race?

He didn’t say Black folks are more forgiving, he said we are too forgiving and that the rest of the world is not like that. This is true. When other groups of people are targeted they usually fight back with an ‘eye for an eye’ as the battle cry. Black folks in this country march, protest, and pray. Repeat if necessary.

When you blacks are the most racist and homophobic people in the world?

How are Blacks the most racist in the world? Who do we oppress? No, the world is governed under Racist White Supremacy. That is why all over the world Melinated People in Israel, Haiti, Brazil, the Continent, and the U.S. are catching hell.

Black folks are not the most homophobic race; I don’t know how one would even determine that, but last time I checked White Conservative Christians were at the forefront of the homophobic movement.

You want whites to accept you but you want to be racist against them.

That is literally laughable. No one wants to be accepted by whites. That was my grandmother’s generation that wanted to integrate. Nah we just want fairness and justice. White Folks are not the benchmark for humanity. No One is caping for white approval. And just because your tender feelings are hurt because the TRUTH shatters your illusion of entitlement does not make the PoC racist.

You want to always use the race card for everything if it involves another race that isn’t yours.

Well since the system of White Supremacy is involved in oppressing most facets of my life in media, entertainment, news, history, economics, law, injustice, etc. then I will call it how I see it. You need to research more before you come at the GAWD, cuz I’m sure you have not researched Jim Crow, The Drug War, Cointelpro, the Tuskegee Experiments, Eugenics/Planned Parenthood, CIA drug trafficking scandals, or just the past 400 years of history.

When something happens in the hood you don’t want to speak…but when your race is killed by someone who isn’t black you all come out speaking and protesting?

When something happens in the hood, it usually gets handled. That is the culprits usually if they’re Black are apprehended and sentenced in the courts. If a white person violates, injures, or even kills a Black Person their is a high percentage especially if they are the police that they will get away scott-free. And the only time white civilians get sentenced in courts is when the acts are overly egregious or if the evidence is overwhelmingly in the favor of the Black victim.

And I speak to the ills of violence within our community. But I go deeper and look at the root causes of why “crime” is rampant in our lower economic areas: because it was designed that way. The system takes resources like jobs, adequate housing and education out of our areas then want the youth to fend for themselves. Black Criminality is the end result of Economic Apartheid. White folks play Dr. Frankenstein and fear and ridicule the dysfunctional creation of planned impoverished communities.



Q- What experiences do you have with being stereotyped?

A- In the past, I’ve been harassed by police, threatened by police, I’ve been stereotyped at school as far as my hair and certain associations with people. And it ranges, all of that.

Q- Is there something about your label that other people should know?

A- That my efforts for change might be something that isn’t present in your life, and that’s why there needs to be a change. Because in your eyes, things may seem beneficial for you and your life, but for me and other people of color, that’s not necessarily the case. That’s why they need to know what my purpose is.

Q- Are there any positive stereotypes that go along with your label?

A- I don’t think there are any positive interpretations of a criminal. As far as just standing up for black youth, just being a criminal towards the corrupt police system, I feel like that’s something that I take pride in because I don’t really trust the police to protect and serve; I don’t believe in anything they have to say and offer. And so  in that way, I do take pride in being a member of the black youth and standing up against police brutality.

A few years ago, when I was waiting in line at Chipotle, there was a white male cop walking through the restaurant with his food to go. When he passed by a table with three young black children (they were around 5-7 years, they looked very young) that were laughing and enjoying dinner with their family, he stopped, stuck his finger in their faces, and said, “I’ll definitely see you guys later in life”.

He then left, smiling and holding himself up like he had just won something. The children were no longer laughing, and their mother looked like she wanted to cry. It was so disgusting, what he did. These people were just trying to have a nice dinner with their children. The children were just laughing and playing together. They weren’t doing anything different from any other family sitting down eating in that Chipotle.

For a cop come up to A FIVE, SIX, SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD and basically tell them in so many words that he’ll be taking them to jail someday is just so fucking wrong on so many levels, and it was all because they were black.

Cops don’t go around pointing their fingers in five year old white children’s faces, criminalizing them because of their appearance. The racial bias that cops have against black children is very, disturbingly real.
—  A comment by insaneteacup added to this post about ingrained racial bias and how the police and corporate media routinely criminalize black youths

The School to Prison Pipeline: Criminalizing Black Youth in the Classroom

anonymous asked:

No matter which side you are on in regard to Mike Brown's death - can we all agree that the looters/rioters (not peaceful protestors) are being fucking ridiculous? Looting isn't going to bring about change - it's going to lead to more racism probably.

I support the people of Ferguson regardless of what tactics they end up taking in response to their own oppression.  They have a better idea of the situation than you or me.  Furthermore the ‘white liberal who is oh so concerned about the situation and yet talks down to black people on the ground’ shtick is bullshit

From “In Defense of Looting

“in trying to correct this media image—in making a strong division between Good Protesters and Bad Rioters, or between ethical non-violence practitioners and supposedly violent looters—the narrative of the criminalization of black youth is reproduced. This time it delineates certain kinds of black youth—those who loot versus those who protest…It reproduces racist and white supremacist ideologies (including the tactic of divide-and-conquer), deeming some unworthy of our solidarity and protection, marking them, subtly, as legitimate targets of police violence. ”

Mod R

Now if the few looters in Ferguson can make the thousands of peaceful protesters (or black people as a whole many have claimed, as if it’s only black people protesting) look bad, how come the millions of racist white people supporting Darren Wilson and others that have gunned down unarmed black youth or other white criminals can’t make white people as a whole look bad? 

It just baffles me to see how much energy is put into attacking white rappers such as Iggy Azalea and Macklemore (who do no actual harm to the black community) yet we praise and even reward black rappers that promote and even boast about taking the life of another black person. The same rappers that influence the black youth to partake in violent and criminal activity, who do ACTUAL harm to the black community doesn’t get as nearly as much shit as “Igloo Azalea”. Where is the outrage?

anonymous asked:

I was just scrolling through netflix, & I noticed that (obviously) every movie where a rich person is helping a poor person/criminal, it's the white person who is the 'savior' & the black one who needs the help. Every. Single. Time. I cannot even imagine how america would react if suddenly it was the other way around. Wealthy black lawyer helps white criminal.. wealthy black family takes in homeless white youth. How would white people even react? confusion? Anger? They would sure as hell notice

The Rza needs to be “D.R.O.P’d"…

As long as I can remember Hip Hop has been the counter culture. The way we spoke, dressed, simply existed in society based on our experience defied societal norms. These same renunciations, the defiant, radical departures from the mainstream are not only what pulled us in, but bound us to one another. We were determined to break through, tear down, and dismantle the structures that sought to sanitize us into their comfort levels with our existence. Yasiin Bey even boldly declared, “I used to spit the King’s English/ But caught a rash on my lips/ So now I chant just like this!” And, to that end, the Wu was no exception. Fast forward over 20 years, 6.5 million albums domestically, 40 million worldwide, and one Quentin Tarantino later, one of our own has dissented into rationalizing the denial of our humanity and respectability politics. “How, Sway?”

There is no justification for the assumption that attire presupposes one’s morality or propensity for violent behavior. If that were true, surely I’d be right in assuming my life were in danger every time I cross paths with a police officer. Oh wait, that last part is true. Sadly in 2016, perhaps now more than ever I am acutely aware the only thing stopping me from being the hashtag is space and opportunity, because well…I’m black in America.

But isn’t that what it’s NOT supposed to be? Moreover, aren’t such allegations the very antithesis of Rap music and Hip Hop culture. Fighting the criminalization of Black youth solely based on appearance has been a lynchpin in this experience from its inception. When, in his interview with John Heilemann for Bloomberg Politics, founding member of one of our most celebrated ensembles in all seriousness opined that a young Black male’s mere appearance (one that brought him fortune and fame) is valid justification for fear leading to the mistreatment of his own people the only fitting response I could muster was, “Rza what the fuck?

“When you think about some of the brothers who are being brutalized by the police, you also gotta have them take a look and us take a look in the mirror at the image we portray. If I’m a cop and every time I see a young Black youth whether I watch him on TV, movies or just see them hanging out and they not looking properly dressed, properly refined, carrying themselves, conducting themselves at proper hours of the day, things that a man does. You’re gonna have a certain fear or stereotype of them…I think that’s another big issue we’ve got to pay attention to is the image that we portray that could invoke a fear into a White officer or to any officer.” ~The Rza~

We currently witness, not hear about, WITNESS outright abortions of Justice where black men are concerned. They are available for infinite instant replay, and exponentially growing numbers thanks to camera phones and the Internet. I am filled with both anguish and horror daily as my consciousness is afflicted with story upon story, a growing list of hashtags, and Black mothers tears over their children at the hands of those sworn to protect them under the guise of fear.

Hip Hop is mainstream now, complete with white rappers winning Grammies for mediocre wording over exceptional emcees. It goes without saying in a world with no Tupac and a thriving Rick Ross that even if a person raps about criminal activity it often simply isn’t true. Instead of actually being in the trap many are merely trap adjacent, only witnesses, but spectacular ghetto griots. In truth what exists are poetic fabrications of real life experience so vivid you just might believe them.

Black men shouldn’t be compelled to dress strategically as a means of survival. There shouldn’t exist a time where any person should fear fashion. The Rza’s assertion that there is validity to white police officers’ claims, and thusly their brutality and over policing of Black people is somehow justified is beyond insulting and disrespectful. It’s downright vexing. Especially when we consider he is a significant inspiration for the very fashion he condemns. The only logical conclusion is the Rza needs to be “D.R.O.P.‘d”. Never thought I’d say this about one of my own, much less a cultural vanguard from the Wu, but hey! Money changes people.

See his full interview here:

P.S. Come get Don Lemon too while you’re at it.


Maryland lawmaker suggests no more food stamps for parents of protesting Baltimore teens

“Maryland state Del. Patrick McDonough (R-Baltimore County) entertained the idea this week of taking away food stamps from the parents of protesting youth in Baltimore.

In the radio clip from WCBM’s conservative Tom Marr Show — which First Look Media’s The Intercept first spotted — a caller asked the Republican delegate why the government can’t take welfare benefits away from the parents of Baltimore teens protesting in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

“That’s an idea and that could be legislation,” McDonough said. “I think that if you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?”

McDonough did, however, concede that such legislation is a “bit harsh” and would probably have a tough time getting passed in the Maryland legislature, both chambers of which have solid Democratic majorities.

“It’ll never get past the legislature because it seems a little bit harsh,” he continued. “But I think the principle that you’re talking about … there has got to be some way to connect to the lack of parenting.”

These sort of incendiary remarks from the conservative politician aren’t all too surprising. Back in 2012, he suggested the government send the Maryland State Police to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to control “roving mobs of black youths.”

When his colleagues pushed back, he said, according to the Baltimore Sun, that police told him crowds involved in the recent incidents there were all black. Not mentioning their race, he argued, would be “political correctness on steroids.”

McDonough doubled down on the “roving mobs” statement in his newsletter this week and said you “you never apologize for the truth.””

From his newsletter:

“Now in 2015, here we go again. A criminal riot, mostly generated by black youths using the excuse of the Freddie Gray incident as a premise for their reckless lawlessness, unfolded in full furry. Unlike Ferguson, where the excuse is white oppression that demanded violence, Baltimore has a large African American Leadership. Baltimore has a black mayor, states attorney, police chief, and a super majority of political power.

Once again, the Mayor’s misguided leadership restrained law enforcement and allowed the thugs to take control and destroy Baltimore’s image around the world. The problem of young thugs getting away with lawlessness in our area is nothing new. From a lack of discipline in the family and neighborhoods, plus swimming in an ocean of drugs, gangs and crime, generation after generation is consumed. “Thug Town” is not a geographical area but a mindset.”