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Why Don’t Black People Trust The Police?

Tragedies often rocket racial issues to the front stage for national debate, allowing them to be casually picked apart by folks who are not consistently aware of the poor quality of daily police interactions with Black residents. And no wonder those interactions are so poor and White residents are so unaware of them: police officers, and arguably our society at large, are vulnerable to giving White suspects more benefit of the doubt than we give to Black suspects….

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This is why Black people rise up in anger after police brutality.

Because there’s little hope for justice when cops only see you as a set of stereotypes.

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The Daily News ran a special on racial disparities in Broken Windows related summonses. Our favorite #NYC Pols are falling inline behind the language.Thing is that the Daily News’ data is only marginally off from data observed on everything from drug enforcement to Stop and Frisk.It’s deeper than Broken Windows, and your Councilmembers, Assemblymen, and State Senators are just as (if not more so) responsible for the shitstorm as NYPD Commissioner Bratton. They have at best sat by while laws with implicit racial and socioeconomic preferences sit on the books, or at worst indulged in creating these laws while accepting kickbacks from corporate and big money stakeholders who have no chance in hell of being caught up in the legal traps.
Don’t let the Pols fool you into thinking they’re on your side with this one. The aged blood on their hands is darker than that on Bratton’s.

geoffmullings:

The Daily News ran a special on racial disparities in Broken Windows related summonses. Our favorite #NYC Pols are falling inline behind the language.

Thing is that the Daily News’ data is only marginally off from data observed on everything from drug enforcement to Stop and Frisk.

It’s deeper than Broken Windows, and your Councilmembers, Assemblymen, and State Senators are just as (if not more so) responsible for the shitstorm as NYPD Commissioner Bratton. They have at best sat by while laws with implicit racial and socioeconomic preferences sit on the books, or at worst indulged in creating these laws while accepting kickbacks from corporate and big money stakeholders who have no chance in hell of being caught up in the legal traps.

Don’t let the Pols fool you into thinking they’re on your side with this one. The aged blood on their hands is darker than that on Bratton’s.

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In Eric Garner’s Death, Video Proof Of The Tale Of Two Policing Styles

It’s a perpetual deja vu. It always goes the same way. Cops surround a man of color. Man of color talks. Man of color sometimes gets upset, but not always. Cops begin an arrest. Man of color gets jumped by a ridiculous amount of blue. Man of color may or may not die. Usually, nothing happens to the officers.

What’s sad is that, yes, there will be vigils. Maybe a march or two. But in a couple of weeks traditional and social media will have forgotten about it. They will have moved on to some celebrity fiasco or a new stupid dance with song accompaniment. Until another man of color is killed. And the cycle repeats….

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Good read!

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Why Affordable Housing At The Atlantic Yards Matters

What does more “affordable” housing matter in a rapidly gentrifying part of Brooklyn, and after prior initiatives turned out to actually be unaffordable to most residents? As much harm and controversy as the project has already caused, the Atlantic Yards development’s future could be a guide for how to make affordable housing work for NYC’s most unemployed and underemployed residents.

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A Rent Freeze Wasn’t The Solution

While the sudden mass vacancy of land, only to have it overrun by drug-pushing gang bangers, is a gross exaggeration, there’s few reasons to believe a rent freeze would help NYC’s housing affordability crisis. Rent stabilized apartments are, generally, already unaffordable. This is especially true of rent-stabilized units in The Bronx. While a freeze would add less burden than a hike, it’s in no way a solution….
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Just because it sounds good, doesn’t mean it’s good.
Just because the “progressive” politicians support it, doesn’t mean its good.
And just because your advocates jumped on the bandwagon doesn’t mean it’s good either.
The downside of a rent freeze is far worse than the upside. Not because the downside is particularly deep, but because there’s virtually no upside. Apartments aren’t made more affordable. More affordable apartments aren’t made (indeed, an unlikely long-term rent freeze could take affordable units off the market). Incomes don’t rise. People don’t become more socially mobile.
All that happens is that politicians now have an excuse to claim that they’ve taken real initiative against the affordable housing crisis, while sidelining the harder to fight issues like stagnant wages, social stagnation, unemployment that contribute a lot to why our City is becoming less affordable.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

A Rent Freeze Wasn’t The Solution

While the sudden mass vacancy of land, only to have it overrun by drug-pushing gang bangers, is a gross exaggeration, there’s few reasons to believe a rent freeze would help NYC’s housing affordability crisis. Rent stabilized apartments are, generally, already unaffordable. This is especially true of rent-stabilized units in The Bronx. While a freeze would add less burden than a hike, it’s in no way a solution….

Read More

Just because it sounds good, doesn’t mean it’s good.

Just because the “progressive” politicians support it, doesn’t mean its good.

And just because your advocates jumped on the bandwagon doesn’t mean it’s good either.

The downside of a rent freeze is far worse than the upside. Not because the downside is particularly deep, but because there’s virtually no upside. Apartments aren’t made more affordable. More affordable apartments aren’t made (indeed, an unlikely long-term rent freeze could take affordable units off the market). Incomes don’t rise. People don’t become more socially mobile.

All that happens is that politicians now have an excuse to claim that they’ve taken real initiative against the affordable housing crisis, while sidelining the harder to fight issues like stagnant wages, social stagnation, unemployment that contribute a lot to why our City is becoming less affordable.

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blinkernyc:

What Catcalling in NYC Is Really Hiding

Street harassment may be the most under-explored topic in urban social problems. One might find several reasons why that may be the case, from science’s general hesitation to investigate problems affecting women, to a male socioeconomic majority that dominates policy discussions. In any case, I would bet that the behavior stems from a general normalization of objectifying women in our culture, especially as it’s presented by America’s universal parent: video media. Combined with the typically American value that people get what they deserve, this presents for women a uniquely dangerous environment.

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How violence against women seems to always start with dehumanization, and how systemic that dehumanization can be…

Ft. video from Project Bronx’s Street Harassment interviews

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How Many Homeless Moms And Kids Could Be Saved By Affordable Housing?

This year Mayor Bill de Blasio released his 10-year affordable housing plan only about a week before Mother’s Day. What better reminder that homelessness can be especially dangerous to young women and their children, considering that NYC’s homeless population has reached a three decade high.
A 2011 study notes serious concerns for a population of children born into homelessness. Homeless mothers were less likely to receive vital prenatal care and supplements, and more likely to be underweight or obese.
And being someone’s homeless offspring doesn’t exclude you from being a parent as well….
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Know who’s the face of homelessness in this City.

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How Many Homeless Moms And Kids Could Be Saved By Affordable Housing?

This year Mayor Bill de Blasio released his 10-year affordable housing plan only about a week before Mother’s Day. What better reminder that homelessness can be especially dangerous to young women and their children, considering that NYC’s homeless population has reached a three decade high.

A 2011 study notes serious concerns for a population of children born into homelessness. Homeless mothers were less likely to receive vital prenatal care and supplements, and more likely to be underweight or obese.

And being someone’s homeless offspring doesn’t exclude you from being a parent as well….

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Know who’s the face of homelessness in this City.

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These Are The Culprits Everyone Is After For Polluting Your Air With Sulfur

For anyone who has had to clean unknown black particles from a window sill in their apartment more than once a week, New York City’s trumpeted progress on air quality only means so much.

Who or what is putting sulfur into the air consumed by residents of those neighborhoods? Local and Federal officials agree, the polluting culprits may be hiding in our basements and garages.

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Don’t sleep on NYC’s environmental problems. They’re just as crucial to the system of racism as the NYPD or Education.

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Why The World Shot Down The Scientific Racism of Pot Brain Damage

For how long has science been trying to empirically justify our prejudicial feelings? Perhaps since Georges Cuvier suggested that Blacks had compressed craniums and were therefore less intelligent, or as far back as Hippocrates, who suggested that dark people were naturally cowards, and had his theories reaffirmed later by Roman scientists? Clearly this is nothing new, it’s just that today’s racism justifiers need to use proxy items like marijuana to be politically and legally correct.
There’s a slippery slope ahead for drug policy informed by prejudicial researchers. Dr. Breiter admits he sought to prove that marijuana had bad effects, not that he sought to provide more information on marijuana’s effects on the brain. Indirectly though Dr. Breiter sought to reaffirm aged racist stereotypes, and to derail our society’s progress toward evidence-based drug policy ironically enough.
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This is why folks need a crash course in reading scientific studies, or a healthy dose of skepticism. In any case, it’ll be hard to avoid oppressive lies through science as long as it’s a market of elite “professionals” vs. laymen.

geoffmullings:

blinkernyc:

Why The World Shot Down The Scientific Racism of Pot Brain Damage

For how long has science been trying to empirically justify our prejudicial feelings? Perhaps since Georges Cuvier suggested that Blacks had compressed craniums and were therefore less intelligent, or as far back as Hippocrates, who suggested that dark people were naturally cowards, and had his theories reaffirmed later by Roman scientists? Clearly this is nothing new, it’s just that today’s racism justifiers need to use proxy items like marijuana to be politically and legally correct.

There’s a slippery slope ahead for drug policy informed by prejudicial researchers. Dr. Breiter admits he sought to prove that marijuana had bad effects, not that he sought to provide more information on marijuana’s effects on the brain. Indirectly though Dr. Breiter sought to reaffirm aged racist stereotypes, and to derail our society’s progress toward evidence-based drug policy ironically enough.

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This is why folks need a crash course in reading scientific studies, or a healthy dose of skepticism. In any case, it’ll be hard to avoid oppressive lies through science as long as it’s a market of elite “professionals” vs. laymen.