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THREAD: 1. I've been railing against Bloomberg's racist stop and frisk since 2009, almost as long as I have been writing my column. When the judge ruled it unconstitutional in 2013, she quoted one my column as the last lines of her decision...
2. I conclude with a particularly apt quote: “The idea of universal suspicion without individual evidence is what Americans find abhorrent and what black men in America must constantly fight. It is pervasive in policing policies — like stop-and-frisk, and . . .
3. "...neighborhood watch - regardless of the collateral damage done to the majority of innocents. It's like burning down a house to rid it of mice."
4. This is not a new fight for me. This is not a new fight for others warring against this policy, like the @aclu. We yelling that it was wrong. Bloomberg mocked us and continue.
@ACLU 5. Bloomberg: "I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say. I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”
@ACLU 6. I went to @Grambling1901, and I took a math class. It allowed me to calculate this...
@ACLU @Grambling1901 7. There were "580,000 stop-and-frisks in the city in 2009. Most of those stopped (55 %) were black...most were yng and almost all were male. For reference, according to the Census Bureau, there were abt only 300k blk men btw the ages of 13 & 34 living in the city that year."
@ACLU @Grambling1901 8. Bloomberg knew these numbers was well as I did, and yet he persisted, with zeal. There young black and brown men were just collateral damage, the components of a criminal class.
@ACLU @Grambling1901 9. So, when he says he didn't know, or that he recently became aware, or whatever, it is ALL BS. And, it's insulting. Say what you will about me, but I simply won't be able to get over his callousness towards black bodies and black pain. Some of these were CHILDREN!!!
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