stop-n-frisk

I remember just hitting 18 when I got my first stop and frisk, barely had any facial hair, voice was still cracking. Me and my boys just left a party up my block to go get some food. On the way back, two cop cars stop right on our side and pop out like they just saw who they were looking for.

They were all white, 3 males one female. They tell us “GET ON THE FUCKING WALL RIGHT NOW”. Some of us hesitate cause we were kinda tipsy and confused about the situation, the others comply. I didn’t know how to react when they started asking what we had in our pockets. I didn’t have anything on me and I wasn’t even smoking weed at that time (I started smoking weed 3 years later, when I hit 21). So me being gullible as fuck thinking I could reason with a white cop I go “nah man we weren’t doing anything we don’t have anything look all I got is this chapstick” and he goes “shut the fuck up if you don’t want to get sent to the precinct. put your hands on the fucking wall where I can see em”.

Following it up by patting us down and asking about the contents in our pockets. They realized we didn’t have shit they could take one of us in for and fill their daily poc quota after all the abusive language and treatment and tried to diffuse the situation with “we were just looking for some guys that had robbed someone down the block” (but the funny thing is that incident never really happened, we know about what goes on here better than these pigs do). About an hour later we find out they did that to like 3 other groups of people in the neighborhood and switch the story around each time; “oh we were just looking for someone who had hit someone down the block” – anything but the reality “oh we were just looking to racially profile some latino youth by stopping n frisking them and see if we can meet our encouraged daily quota of minorities we should be striking fear into and making them feel unsafe in their own spaces.”

For years I thought we were in the wrong for being outside and “looking suspicious” without realizing that this was the real intent, to make us feel like criminals before we even reach adulthood. So that we can get used to that sort of profiling and mistreatment and be complacent towards it since “that’s just the way things are” and the way things are, for authority, is that minorities are usually up to no good. And for that, for fucking with my head at an age where I was dealing with so much conflict, where I was already doubtful of myself and who I could be, I will forever hate cops because that’s exactly what they do everywhere else to all poc youths and adults.

That was one stop n frisk out of many more to come in my life, and I don’t see it stopping any time soon.

The “uncut bond” of black exploitation and trauma under white supremacy meant a folding of black female trauma into the black male frame, from which it receded from common view, typically emerging as spectacle only and not as spectrum. Thus common perceptions of black suffering became embodied in and represented by male trauma—emanating from the lash, shackle, the brand, convict lease, lynch mob, death row, mass imprisonment, and “stop-n-frisk.” With the norm and apex of black suffering centered on violence in the public realm and the public spaces of the private realm (cloistered plantations and prisons), racial rape became subsumed under racial capital.

The official chronology of and narratives about violence and terror that constitute U.S. democracy’s borders—chattel slavery, the convict prison lease system, Jim Crow segregation, mass incarceration, “stop-n-frisk”— crowd out the black matrix, displacing it from philosophical inquiries into subjugation. The interiority of this trauma zone has paltry public record and memory. Racial rape, the dominant threat, appears in black women’s writings, memoirs, fiction, and art, but in these forms may be categorized as emotive performance, mere illustrations for rather than inherently forms of critical philosophy.
—  Joy James, “Afrarealism and the Black Matrix: Maroon Philosophy at Democracy’s Border.” The Black Scholar, Vol. 43, No. 4; p. 126

anonymous asked:

You do realize that the muslim survellience program was designed to protect NYC from muslim terrorist groups. Did you forget what has happened to NYC with Muslim terrorist groups? Its not about black or brown. Throwing paint at a police chief in NY that has nothing to do with Ferguson is sickening and you should not be condoning this.

LMFAOOOOOOOOOO. Yeah right just like the stop-n-frisk program was created to simply spot out the baddies but somehow ended up with mostly Black and Brown folk in their quotas. the program bratton created was advertised as such but was meant to spy on, infiltrate, agitate and look for would-be terrorists within the Muslim community (ONLY TO FIND OUT THEY JUST CHILLIN) on some islamophobic shit and has nothing to do with lookin out for any ones well-being so get your lyin ass out my inbox with this. you the sick one who’s protecting tyrants and empathizing with their coat’s well-being rather than actual lives, whoever sent this is garbage.

anonymous asked:

Your statement about there being no racism against whites is actually racist. So are you saying that if there was some white hate group formed that it wouldn't be racist. Black and hispanic jokes are not okay, but stupid white girl jokes are? Are you telling me that stereotyping whites as not being able to dance &loving Starbucks isn't? You make white jokes, but call yourself anti racism. All races experience racism. If you can't see this and stop making white jokes then ur a racist & hypacrite

Anonymous said: There's definitely racism against white people. You’re actually ridiculous. Here’s the definition of racism: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.” ANY RACE CAN EXPERIENCE RACISM. your statement is in fact racist.


You are both wrong. Here are some definitions to start us off:

Privilege is the sociological concept that some groups of people have advantages relative to other groups. The term is commonly used in the context of social inequality, particularly with regards to race, gender,age, sexual orientation, disability and social class. (source)

Racism refers to a host of practices, beliefs, social relations and phenomena that work to reproduce a racial hierarchy and social structure that yields superiority and privilege for some, and discrimination and oppression for others. Racism takes representational, ideological, discursive, interactional, institutional, structural, and systemic forms. (source)

Honestly, this article gives a great rundown so I’m going to copy paste the highlights and add on a bit of my own commentary as well.

Racism can be…

  • Representational: depictions of essentialized racial stereotypes are common in popular culture and media, like the tendency to cast people of color as criminals and as victims of crime, or as background characters rather than leads, in film and television; also common are racial caricatures that are racist in their representations, like “mascots” for the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and the Washington R******* (name redacted because it is a racial slur).
  • Ideological: racism is manifest in world views, beliefs and common sense ways of thinking that are premised on essentialist notions of racial categories, and the idea that white or light skinned people are superior, in a variety of ways, to dark skinned people. Historically, ideological racism supported and justified the building of European colonial empires and U.S. imperialism through unjust acquisition of land, people, and resources around the world. Today, some common ideological forms of racism include the belief that black women are sexually promiscuous, that Latina women are “fiery” or “hot tempered,” and that black men and boys are criminally oriented.
  • Discursive: racism is often expressed linguistically, in the discourse we use to talk about the world and people in it, and manifests in racial slurs and hate speech, and in code words that have racialized meanings embedded in them, like “ghetto,” “thug,” or “gansta.”
  • Interactional: racism takes an interactional form such as a white woman crossing a street to avoid walking past a black or Latino man, a person of color being verbally or physically assaulted because of their race, or when, someone assumes a person of color working at an establishment to be a low-level employee, though they might be a manager, executive, or owner.
  • Institutional: racism can take institutional form in the way policies and laws are crafted and put into practice, such as the decades-long set of policing and legal policies known as “The War on Drugs,” which has disproportionately targeted neighborhoods and communities that are composed predominantly of people of color, New York City’s Stop-N-Frisk policy that overwhelmingly targets black and Latino males, and educational tracking policies that funnel children of color into remedial classes and trades programs.
  • Structural: racism takes structural form in the ongoing, historical, and longterm reproduction of the racialized structure of our society through a combination of all of the above forms. Structural racism manifests in widespread racial segregation and stratification, recurrent displacement of people of color from neighborhoods that go through processes of gentrification, and the overwhelming burden of environmental pollution born by people of color given its proximity to their communities.
  • Systemic: racism within the U.S. can be described as systemic because the country was founded on racist beliefs with racist policies and practices, and because that legacy lives today in the racism that courses throughout the entirety of our social system.

(source)

Because white people benefit from privilege and perpetuate the system of inequality that POC suffer from, we cannot suffer from racism. POC can hold prejudices against white people (that IMO are completely justified), but it’s not called racism because those prejudices are individual and do not effect white people’s daily lives like racism does.

If you’re white you benefit from privilege every single day of your life, and to be educated on that privilege is the LEAST you can do. Both of you are examples of people who are ignorant to the reality of racism and how it can effect the daily lives of POC.

You will never fear for your life walking down the streets because of your skin color, you will never be racially profiled, you will never have to worry that a workplace won’t hire you because of name, you will never have to worry about someone using racial slurs and hate speech because of your race. The system is behind you, it will defend you and keep you safe from those things. 

Black people worry about being murdered by people sworn to protect them, and POC Muslims have to worry about being pulled aside disproportionately in airport security, or being called a terrorist while living their day to day life, Mexican immigrants were just recently called criminals, drug dealers, and rapists by Donald Trump, a candidate for President of the United States. White people don’t suffer from this same discrimination and prejudice in the media and in our day to day lives.

I’m sorry that your feelings are hurt because people say that white people go to Starbucks too much, and that we can’t dance, but no one on any major media outlet is going to perpetuate those stereotypes, if anything they’d dismiss them, and say “Oh it’s so awful that people stereotype white people like this” when just minutes before they’re calling a peaceful black protest of police brutality a band of gangsters and thugs.

WHITE PEOPLE DO NOT SUFFER FROM SYSTEMIC PREJUDICE AND INEQUALITY THEREFORE RACISM TOWARDS WHITE PEOPLE DOESN’T EXIST.