Michael Bloomberg’s Brand of Racism

Michael Bloomberg recently displayed is more, shall we say, colorful side when he complained that the New York Police Department (NYPD) was stopping too many white people and not enough minorities. No, I’m not making this up:

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that police “disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little” as compared to murder suspects’ descriptions, sparking criticism from activists and some politicians in a city that has been immersed in a debate about law enforcement and discrimination.

Thanks to a previous lawsuit the NYPD was forced to release its numbers for its “stop and frisk” program. As it turns out many precincts were focusing almost exclusively on minority groups. Of all the persons stopped and frisked by the 73rd precinct, 98% were either Black of Hispanic.

I guess Bloomberg wants a city where minorities are stopped exclusively.

2 thoughts on “Michael Bloomberg’s Brand of Racism”

  1. Combine that with the proposed City ordinance that would prevent the use of Race, age, or disability as a descriptor for APBs and you have a very fucked up system when it comes to race.

    1. Bloomberg sure likes to send mixed signals.

      Also, how are you supposed to find a guy if you can’t know his race, age, or any disabilities? All those things are defining factors that can be identified, at least to a usable point, through quick visual inspection.

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