Walking While Black
November 19th, 2007

Heres a thought-provoking statistic from yesterdays New York Times City. Donna Lieberman and Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union analyzed stop and frisk statistics released by the police department earlier this month. They found stops of white New Yorkers amounted to 2.6 percent of the citys white population. But for blacks, the number of stops was equivalent to 21.1 percent of the population. Since the police probably stop few elderly black women or very young children, the effect of police actions on one part of the population presumably young black males becomes glaringly apparent.

For both groups the overwhelming majority of stops about 89 percent did not result in an arrest.

(To view Andy Pressmans entire graphic with the data, click here.)

By on November 19, 2007, 12:47 pm
In category: Civil Rights,Crime & Safety,Demographics | 6 Comments »

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6 Responses to “Walking While Black”

  1. J.M. Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    21.1%— NOW! No doubt that this number will rise as the latest mugging stats stir the pot of racist fears. Not to mention the need to address all of that lost revenue due to a strike on Broadway. Gotta keep those tourists confident–no matter how uncomfortable the highly taxed citizens of NYC are made to feel. My final assessment: Racism is a mental disorder that should be addressed as systematically as road rage, or anger management.

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