Posts Tagged ‘young black men’

More black men in prison than college? Not so!

February 12, 2015

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I admit I always accepted the statement that there are more young black men in prisons and jails without ever checking the source.  Evidently a lot of other people did, too.

Source: The myth that there are more black men in prison than in college, debunked in one chart by Jenee Desmond-Harris for Vox.  (Hat tip to Bill Elwell).

The decline of ‘stop and frisk’ in NYC

September 23, 2014

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I’ve written posts about the injustice (and also the uselessness) of singling out young black men for police harassment, often leading to arrests for trivial or arbitrary reasons.   So I’m pleased to read a report in the New York Times, illustrated by many fine graphics such as the one above, that this practice is on the decline.

Of course there can be reasonable grounds why a police officer might regard someone as a suspicious character.  But those grounds should consist of more than being young, black and scruffy-looking.

The decline in stop-and-frisk has NOT resulted in a rise in crime.   Violent crime continues to decline in New York City, as it does almost everywhere else in the United States.   The chart below is based on national figures.

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LINKS

‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Is All But Gone From New York by Mike Bostock and Ford Fessenden for the New York Times.

Crime isn’t up by Peter Moskos for Cop in the Hood.  (And a hat tip to Moskos for the New York Times link)

[Added 10/2/14]  Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to end stop-and-frisk in New York City.  He deserves credit for a promise kept.