HI-UY 3034Professor SofferDecember 21st, 2015Take Home Final: Problems with the Color LineEven now in 2015, the most modernist era, racism should be non-existent because of the abolishment of slavery and the equal rights movement, it still is happening today. Why? Everything and everyone seems to be against African Americans and even other minorities because of many laws, government and even real estate. Many things such as the law enforcement, housing market and the delivery of municipal services have created class and racialdifferences in New York. Today what has caused much uproar from the African American community is what the police have been doing with racial profiling and police brutality. Now many people are talking about “Black Lives Matters”, which has always been an issue. The media covers what it wants to cover and points of views can always be skewed.As seen in the “The Hunted and Hated” documentary, the stop-and-frisk procedure is a numbers game, meaning a police officer has a quota of people he has to stop and search for them to move up to the next rank. Many times, police officers stop “suspicious” looking people1and even some police officers have been quoted saying picking on the people with “pants that were down past their butts” (The Nation, 2012). But also, another thing that is problematic from these procedures is the treatment of the people who the police stop. Many times vulgar and discriminatory language is used.2It’s unfair for citizens to have to deal with this fear as they go on with their lives. What the police are doing now is hunting the people who they’re supposed to 1 Very judgmental. How can that be justice if you’re just going by the looks of a person in a hood, sagging pants or whatever fashion trend?2 I suppose the police do this to show they have power and control over the situation by using derogatory words to dehumanize people.
protect. Now yes, the NYPD does a great job protecting the city from terrorist attacks since 2001. They are on high alert. But what’s to protect New Yorkers from the police officers that abuse their badge? Obviously not all police officers are like the ones mentioned above, but the thing is once some bad seeds are highlighted, the whole organization can be painted in a bad light.And so, how did the NYPD even begin to look down upon African Americans? It all started with the culture of the NYPD. There are multiple ideas that make the NYPD and impenetrable force, such as the “Blue Wall of Silence”, which has allowed horrendous acts of corruption and brutality to occur and just the general corruption that happened within this department (Levitt, 2010). The corruption within the NYPD allowed for many cover-ups to happen regarding the mistreatment or incidents with African Americans. One of these incidents happened in the Bronx, which involved Amadou Diallo. He was a recent immigrant to America from Guinea and he was out late at night, which looked suspicious and he would not properly respond to the police. A miscommunication happened between Diallo and the policemen on duty