Donald Trump: Stop and Frisk Wasn’t Effective and yes…You’re a Racist.

1. On the debate tonight Donald Trump alluded to the fact that stop and frisk was an effective deterrent against crime in N.Y.C. Next, he alluded to the fact that “stop and frisk,” would somehow bring the crime rate down in “the African-American inner city.”
Studies don’t agree with him…

“In analyzing close to 150,000 arrests that resulted from approximately 2.4 million stops between 2009 and 2012, the report concludes that roughly half of those arrests, or just three percent of stops, led to guilty pleas or convictions at trial. In addition, just 0.3 percent of stops led to jail sentences of more than 30 days, and 0.1 percent led to convictions for a violent crime. The report also finds widespread consequences for arrestees and criminal justice institutions, including litigation costs incurred by the city, and various harms even to individuals arrested for misdemeanors.” 

Source: Stop and Frisk report finds practice less effective way of combating crime. (2013, November). New York Beacon.

Sounds like Donald Trump is full of shit…as usual.

I’ll tell you what stop and frisk does do though:

1. Violate the constitution.

I don’t want a president who violates the constitution.

Oh well, bigot is as bigot does…

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Donald Trump: Stop and Frisk Wasn’t Effective and yes…You’re a Racist.

Living with White Men! Token Black Girls, American University & Racism.


If you haven’t heard, a couple of weeks ago, some Black women at American University were pelted with bananas by some white men students. One Black woman was asleep in her dorm, when some white male students came into her room and pelted her with rotten bananas. The other Black woman had penises scribbled onto her white board, which hung outside her door.
Although I never had bananas pelted at me, I understand how the black women must be feeling.
I attended  a predominately white, private school and later a predominately white college.  My whole life, my skin color has made me into an “other.”  Being an other means you must contend with stereotypes and isolation. Resultingly, most of my undergraduate years were spent, challenging stereotypes and enduring isolation.
What was it like?..
My experience as a college student at predominately white institution (PWI), was probably very similar to the experiences of many Black women.
I had very few friends, I never got invited to any parties, I never got asked to join study groups and I seldom had the emotional and social support that anyone would need to thrive. In addition, I was made to feel ugly and unwanted.
 I remember during my sophomore year, I lived with two white, party girls. I didn’t particularly care for their personalities. They were not very considerate, they never spoke to me and they never cleaned up after themselves. The dishes would pile up for days on end, to the point that there was no room in the sink. The trash was seldom taken out. At first, I tried to ignore it and just wash my own dishes, but eventually it got to the point where the apartment was squalid.
 I tried reminding them to clean up, but it was in vain. Thus, I was left with doing the dishes and trying to clean the floors, while they partied and laid out in their rooms.
I remember one night, one of the girls came home drunk and threw up in the kitchen sink. I had to clean the sink out with bleach and no one even said thank you. It was as if, I was the maid or mammy.
Looking back, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t stand up for myself. I’m embarrassed that I actually cleaned up after them and allowed myself to be treated that way. I partially blame myself. Knowing what I do now, I would have talked to them more sternly and come to some sort of compromise and if that didn’t work, I would have gone to the RA or whomever.
I just didn’t understand how two supposed to be adults could behave in such an inconsiderate way. In retrospect, I think it goes back to the mentality of expecting someone else to always take care of you. As Black women, we don’t have the luxury of expecting to be taken care of.
I am not going to generalize all white students because I know people are individuals, but living with those two girls was miserable. From that point on, I decided that I could not live with someone like that again.
In addition to being mammified, there were double standards on campus. My white female roommates frequently got the benefit of the doubt. It was okay for them to go out and get drunk and they would still be respected and valued by the wider society.  Black women didn’t get that privilege. If we got drunk and slept around, there was a good chance that we’d be seen as hoes… or as Don Imus would say “nappy-headed hoes.”
This is not to say that white women don’t face problems on campus, there is a well-known problem with rape on campus, but there is an extra element that Black women have to deal with. We don’t just deal with sexism, but we deal with racism too.
Any way, it wasn’t usual for my white female roommates to bring white frat guys back to the dorm. All I wanted to do was sleep, but instead I had to listen to my roommates and their white male friends carousing and (in my opinion) making a fool of themselves. I remember one night, it was the week before finals, and my roommates decided to bring some frat boys back to the dorm. I could hear them outside my door drinking and partying.
I’d finally had enough, so I went to open my door to tell them to keep it down and out of the blue, a white male frat guy, busts open my door and gets in my face. He held onto the door, so I couldn’t close it.
There I was in my pajamas, with my night scarf on and this white frat guy was in my face. I didn’t know what to think. He stared at me for a moment, then he drunkenly muttered “you’re so cute,” and walked away. I did talk to my roommates the next day, but at that point, I’d had enough.
I moved out of the dorm as soon as I could.
It’s worth noting that racism wasn’t confined to dorms or apartments. The previous year,  someone hung a noose from the cultural center.
It’s hard attending a PWI and I really sympathize with the Black women at American U. If I could go back, I would’ve attended an HBCU for my undergrad.
Being at a predominately white institution made me feel like…
1. I didn’t belong.
2. I was ugly.
3. I was undeserving of being there.
I know many Black people are pressured by parents and society to attend PWIs. The reason being that PWI are seen as “more prestigious.” We’re told that they will lead us to a better life. The reality is that years ago, many PWI’s turned their nose up at Black people and it was the HBCU’s that allowed Black people to attend.
Not saying HBCU’s are perfect, some HBCU’s have a known history of colorism. Yet, many HBCU’s allowed Black people of all colors to attend. Additionally, today, only 17% of Black college students attend HBCU’s, yet HBCU’s produce 42% of Black Science/ Math graduates. In HBCU’s Black people don’t have to deal with the stereotypes and we don’t have to feel like we don’t belong in our classes, so more Black people are willing to pursue the B.S degrees. So, if you want a B.S degree, go for an HBCU.
Any way, back to American U. Jada Bell, a black female student at American U. said the following:
“[ I’m] sick and tired of having to do this fight.”
Another Black female student, who was racially victimized said that “she won’t be run out [of school].”
My response to both of these young ladies is this, why continue to pay money, only to be abused? It’s not about being run out, it’s about being treated with decency and respect.
I think, as Black people, it’s time we wake up and realize that we cannot keep giving money to white institutions, just to be mistreated and miseducated.
We need to start investing in ourselves.
Living with White Men! Token Black Girls, American University & Racism.

Black Lives Matter Isn’t Working.

Black Lives Matter Isn’t Working.

If you haven’t heard already, two more Black people were killed by the police. On Tuesday, 9/20/2016, Keith Lamont Scott was shot in Charlotte, North Carolina. On 9/16/16, Terence Crutcher was shot and killed in Tulsa. Tulsa is the same city where the historic Tulsa Riots occurred.
In the wake of both of these events, I pause to wonder whether or not Black Lives Matter is effective. Are the efforts of all the protesters in vain?
The U.S has the history of casting aside the concerns of Black Americans and to my knowledge, since the inception of Black Lives Matter, there has been NO systemic change to end police brutality against Black people. Additionally, there has been no widespread effort to address the disproportionate wealth or poverty gap experienced by black people. There has been no effort  to address the inequality in schooling and no effort to compensate the millions of Black Americans who have been targeted and unjustly incarcerated and criminalized because of poor, discriminatory drug policies (.i.e crack cocaine policy, war on drugs, mass incarceration).
The time has come for Black people to truly question whether or not our efforts are in vain. We’ve been protesting for many decades and every time we address one problem, another problem arises. When slavery was removed, it was replaced by sharecropping and Jim Crow. Jim Crow was removed, we got mass incarceration and the war on drugs. It seems like for every step forward that we take, we also take a step back. So we’re constantly in a stagnate situation.
Please don’t misunderstand. I will not say that nothing has changed over the past 150 years. We can no longer LEGALLY be enslaved, that is something that I’m grateful for. Nor am I saying Black Lives Matter has accomplished nothing.
Black lives matter has made accomplishments, which include:
1. Increasing youth activism
2. Calling attention to the issue of police brutality against people of color
3. Bringing corrupt policing  policies, such as criminalization for minor traffic violations, into the public eye
4. Changing how we view and use social media
5. Petitioning to have Anita Alvarez, former State Attorney of Cook County Illinois, removed because of her failure to address systemic police abuse of Black people.
6. Encouraging people like Bruce Franks of Ferguson to run for City Council.
7. Calling attention to injustices in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson and Stanford, FL. As a result, in some of these cities, notably Baltimore,  funding has been allocated to nonprofits that aim to address social justice in predominately minority communities.
Black Lives Matter has had some minor victories and I applaud all those who have peacefully protested and challenged the power structure within the United States. However, the question is…is it enough?
Will it ever be enough? I fear that the federal government will never take the concerns of Black people seriously. If they did, we would see some serious legislation to address the imbalance in policing, the disparity in wealth and the inequality in education. The government is moving slowly and it is very clear that Black people are not a priority.
When I see President Obama make speeches, with all due respect, I see a lot of lip service, but at the end of the day, it seems that nothing changes. It’s as though the government knows that if they throw Black people a bone every so often, we’ll shut up long enough for them to go back to the status quo.
It’s the same game that’s always been played.
Perhaps, it’s time that Black people consider alternatives. Why put your lives on the line when it’s likely nothing will change on the structural level?
Why pay taxes to support a police force that is not doing their job. Why pay taxes for schools that don’t educate Black children, why pay taxes for a government that won’t take our concerns seriously?
When people don’t do their jobs, they shouldn’t get paid.
Instead, Black dollars could be invested in things like supporting our own businesses, creating Independent Black schools and creating more Black media outlets.
I think an alternative to the current method would be to focus on economic independence. The only way Black people will ever have freedom is if we control our own economy.
For example, years ago Tulsa, Oklahoma was a prominent, wealthy and completely independent Black community. Black people controlled their own economy and business. As a matter of fact, Black people were doing so well that racist white people became resentful…and what happened? Racist white people got together and destroyed Black Tulsa and murdered some Black people and raped some Black women.
Nearly 100 years later, Black people are still being killed in Tulsa.
Despite the tragic end to Tulsa, it is a lesson for Black people. When we control our own economy, we have far more power than when we are dependent on others. I think Black people need to get back to economic empowerment and focus on developing our own sustainable, communities.
What do you think? Is Black Lives Matter Working?
Black Lives Matter Isn’t Working.

Korryn Gaines: My Thoughts


Korryn Gaines was a 23 year old from Baltimore County, who was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police Officers on Monday, August 1, 2016. The News reports that the police came to Gaines house with a warrant for her (for a traffic violation) and a warrant for another man whom she lived with.

When police knocked on the door, there was no answer, so they obtained a key and entered. Gaines was sitting with her child with a shotgun. The police “negotiated” with her for several hours before Gaines reportedly (allegedly) pointed the shot gun and threatened to shoot the officers, at which time she was shot and killed. Her 5 year old child was also wounded, but not killed.

Here are my thoughts. I believe that Korryn Gaines had a mental disability of some sort and what police should have been trained to do was call in conflict negotiators, who were trained in psychology. I also think that shooting someone to kill should be an absolute last resort. For example, police could be trained better to use a taser or another non-lethal weapon to disarm people.

I feel that police are much too quick, sometimes, to shoot people, particularly people of color. There was an incident where a white man, William Bruce Ray shot at police, but he was not shot and killed. He was taken into custody. So obviously, police are capable of disarming and arresting people with guns, without killing them. In addition, I am not clear on why the child was shot.

if the officers account of events is true, I blame the Criminal Justice System and the poor training the policy makers give to their officers. I also feel that mental health care needs to be made more readily available to people.

It’s unfortunate and sad because a young woman is gone now and her children have lost a mother when all of this could’ve been prevented. Edit: as more details emerge, I may modify my opinion. We don’t know whether police were truthful or not and we don’t know why they didn’t want her posting her account on Facebook either.

Korryn Gaines: My Thoughts