Posted By Levi
President Obama speaking about the death of Trayvon Martin today:
“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store,” Obama said. “That includes me. And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator.”
The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws,” Obama said, “everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.”
Here is the reality of what the President means.
1. New York City Stop and Frisk policy.
This is the name of the policy under which New York City police officers stop people they deem suspicious, to question them and, if there is adequate reason to suspect illegal activities, to pat them down for things like drugs and weapons. The problem with the policy is that Blacks and Latinos are stopped disproportionately.
2. Blacks and Whites use marijuana at the same rate but Blacks are arrested at a higher rate.
The war on marijuana has largely been a war on people of color. Despite the fact that marijuana is used at comparable rates by whites and Blacks, state and local governments have aggressively enforced marijuana laws selectively against Black people and communities.
3. The Death Penalty.
In the states that have the death penalty, Blacks are more likely to be put to the death for killing whites than vice versa.