Which is why some of Obama’s earnest comments about racial profiling remain at critical odds with his potential decision to tap the New York Police Department’s Ray Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. Under Kelly, stop-and-frisk has disproportionately targeted New York’s black and brown residents, the vast majority of whom are neither carrying drugs nor arms. Despite its futile consequences in an era of low crimes rates that are only decreasing, Kelly continues to defend racial profiling under stop-and-frisk. Obama’s powerful words lose meaning when he muses about appointing leaders that perpetuate the type of racism that thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest. -COLORLINES
There is an understanding, like the instinct that tells birds where and when to migrate, which tells white people that they ought to rule black people. They profit from white supremacy quite literally and it is part of their natural order. It is accepted and it continues like mass psychosis. It isn’t questioned and keeps black people locked up in jail, and unemployed, and every year it kills more than 300 black people at the hands of cops, security guards and Zimmerman-like vigilantes.
Race matters. Hoping, praying and marching alone won’t change the immutable fact that Black life has little value in this country. It won’t change the fact that if Trayvon Martin, the Black teenager, had shot and killed unarmed George Zimmerman, there would not have been any questions and no debate. Trayvon would have been locked up and quickly branded a cold-blooded murderer. It won’t change the fact that there can never be justice under the law when the system itself is unjust—Blacks are stopped more, arrested more, charged more and sentenced to tougher charges than Whites for the same crimes.
A peer-reviewed University of Michigan study involving mock criminal trials found that “white jurors (and by extension white police officers, white judges, white lawyers, etc.) still demonstrate bias in cases where racial issues are not emphasized….” But when race is declared a salient issue, white jurors aren’t negatively influenced by the race of a defendant. In other words, talking about the possibility of prejudice helps individuals inhibit their racial biases.Also watch: