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  •  It already feels like it's one hell of a week. (11+ / 0-)

    Peace be with you all.

    Here's a higher quality version of that infographic.

    Having lived in areas where I've spent time with the poor whites who get hassled by the police - areas where there really are almost no people of color - it was a shock to me to see white people on the streets of New York City smoking marijuana like it was nothing.

    Cars drive by and you smell it. The subway doors open and you smell it on someone's clothes. A young woman opens her purse and a bag or vial of it comes tumbling out.

    It was shocking to me. If I anyone ever displayed that kind of disregard for the law in the rural south, local police  would have beaten the hell out of them, hauled them to jail, and charged them with resisting arrest. I know some good ol' boy retired police who would laugh about doing just that. "No one would believe them, after all, they're drug users."

    But they don't care about it here, unless you're a person of color. And then you can expect to have your children gunned down by the NYPD in your living room on the suspicion of Marijuana Possession.

    Among people I know well, I know more white people who use Marijuana on a regular basis than white people who abstain.

    I do not know of a single incident of any of my white friends being hassled for what is illegal drug use. Yet every day, we hear about stop and frisk being used to target people of color, most especially children, in order to charge them with Marijuana Possession.

    Any one of those poor white kids I know can move some place like New York City and find that as long as they don't have much Melanin in their skin, they can break the law all they want and not worry much.

    And that's the thing, the NYPD is targeting children here. Even if the case is dismissed, they end up in the NYPD's computer system. They're documenting every person of color they can find who's ever put their toe out of line and putting their data into an electronic database.

    I know that Occupy activists faced massively increased Bail prices if they didn't submit to retinal scans. Occupy can afford it. But how many poor families of color can afford to say "No thanks, we don't want you to store biometric information on our children."

    I've seen this sort of thing happen.

    A while ago, I was walking back from a swanky event that I had free access to, I was wearing a suit and tie, and I walked through Carl Shurz park. I should say we. There were two of us, and we were both dressed in swanky clothing.

    We watched an NYPD vehicle drive past us to go hassle the Latinos who were walking along behind us. Stop and frisk, hands on the vehicle, all of that. I insisted on waiting to make sure that the two young men were okay. I wanted to stay and speak to them, but my friend, also white, got really agitated.

    She had "stuff" in her purse, she said.

    I let myself get dragged off, wondering what would have happened if either of those young men had been walking around with "stuff" in their pockets.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:19:40 PM PST

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