March 8, 2010

Who Profits From Promoting Racism?

YouTube video posted by ibiabou89 of It Was a Good Day

It's simple really. When someone is feeding you a whole lot of hate and hogwash, just ask yourself "Who profits from the promotion of racism?" Because money, power, and perceived hierarchies are always what's at stake in the endgame. Our American society creates the "monsters" it wants to see and then acts surprised when "monsters" appear.

"From 2004 through 2009, in a policy that has gotten completely out of control, New York City police officers stopped people on the street and checked them out nearly three million times, frisking and otherwise humiliating many of them.

Upward of 90 percent of the people stopped are completely innocent of any wrongdoing. And yet the New York Police Department is compounding this intolerable indignity by compiling an enormous and permanent computerized database of these encounters between innocent New Yorkers and the police.

Not only are most of the people innocent, but a vast majority are either black or Hispanic. There is no defense for this policy. It's a gruesome, racist practice that should offend all New Yorkers, and it should cease.

Police Department statistics show that 2,798,461 stops were made in that six-year period. In 2,467,150 of those instances, the people stopped had done nothing wrong. That's 88.2 percent of all stops over six years. Black people were stopped during that period a staggering 1,444,559 times. Hispanics accounted for 843,817 of the stops and whites 287,218.

... If the police officers were treating white middle-class or wealthy individuals this way, the movers and shakers in this town would be apoplectic. The mayor would be called to account in an atmosphere of thunderous outrage, and the police commissioner would be gone."

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"Because when you strip away all of the rage, all of the nonsensical loud noises and all of the contradictions, all that's left is race. The tea party is almost entirely about race, and there's no comparative group on the left that's similarly motivated by bigotry, ignorance and racial hatred."

YouTube video posted by sk8ingro of Nike SB's
2009 commercial Today was a Good Day
with Paul Rodriguez (P-Rod) and Eric Koston

I know, I know. It's old school Ice Cube, and Nike Skateboarding, and shoes. But maybe one day, we can all wake up, chill, and have the simple right to a good day.

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