Archive for November, 2010

The Real Pat-Down Outrage

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Cord Jefferson at The Root points out that the frisk procedures that whites are now going through at the airport are not entirely unlike the daily stop and frisk that Black people experience every day, whether we fly or not. 

One significant difference I see is that whites know they will be friskes at the airport, while New York's Blacks can be stopped and frisked at any time, in any public place, with no notice or opportunity to prepare for the dehumanizing process.


Cord Jefferson says at The Root:
"If the media want to focus on embarrassing frisks, they should look at what black and Hispanic Americans routinely deal with, courtesy of the police department.
If the media want to focus on embarrassing frisks, they should look at what black and Hispanic Americans routinely deal with, courtesy of the police department.
 
As the fevered pitch around the Transportation Security Administration screenings gets even more fevered on the busiest travel days of the year, it's worth noting that, for some Americans, embarrassing frisks are de rigueur.


The man who first pointed this out to me is New York Times reporter David Carr, who tweeted, "White people aren't used to having the hands of state on them. Black folks know all about stop and frisk."
Carr is right about that, at least as far as New York City goes. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactic, in which officers stop citizens on the street and search their bodies and bags, was used on 149,753 New Yorkers in the first three months of 2010. Of those frisked, 85 percent were black or Latino. Even more shocking is that 87 percent of those stopped were completely innocent.
More at the Root.
I felt sorry for whites who got this treatment at the airport, until I realized that Blacks suffer this everyday, everywhere, and whites don't raise their voices in unison against these frisks of Blacks.  Maybe we can chalk this up to "sensitivity training" in which whites suddenly realize some aspect of what Blacks experience evert day, except that these pat-downs are unlikely to result in police beat downs and false charges of criminal behavior.

Tuesday Links

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Busy day today. Here’s a link dump to keep you occupied…

Arrested for Filming Police – Charged with Disorderly Conduct

Monday, November 29th, 2010
While on the road doing a project called Motorhome Diaries I was arrested for filming a traffic stop by the Jones County Sheriffs Department, an act that is perfectly legal and that Alex Hodge, the sheriff of Jones Co, even verified himself the following day. Still, Wayne Thompson, the district attorney, and the Jones County [...]

Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are “terrorists”

Monday, November 29th, 2010
In this video clip, a few women of The View accuse the founders of We Won’t Fly, James Babb and George Donnelly of being terrorists. Specifically, Whoopi Goldberg says these two men are similar to terrorists because they are disrupting airport procedures. Hasselbeck goes on to say that Mr. Babb and Mr. Donelly should be [...]

Sunday Links

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Excellent Column . . .

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

...critical of the TSA from the NY Times' Roger Cohen:

Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s notorious secret police chief, once said, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

The T.S.A. seems to operate on the basis of an adapted maxim: “Show me the security check and I’ll find you the excuse.” Anyone who has watched T.S.A. agents spending 10 minutes patting down 80-year-old grandmothers, or seen dismayed youths being ordered back into the scanner booth by agents connected wirelessly to other invisible agents gazing at images of these people in a state of near-nakedness, has to ask: What form of group madness is it that forsakes judgment and discernment for process run amok?

I don’t doubt the patriotism of the Americans involved in keeping the country safe, nor do I discount the threat, but I am sure of this: The unfettered growth of the Department of Homeland Security and the T.S.A. represent a greater long-term threat to the prosperity, character and wellbeing of the United States than a few madmen in the valleys of Waziristan or the voids of Yemen.

America is a nation of openness, boldness and risk-taking. Close this nation, cow it, constrict it and you unravel its magic.

Morning Links

Friday, November 26th, 2010

That’s a Thorough Search

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Kathy Parker was flying out of Philadelphia National Airport, and when she got through security, she found Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents had poured out the contents of her carry-on bags. One of them also emptied out her wallet and started going through its contents. TSA then called Philadelphia police officers. One officer said they were concerned because she had several checks in her wallet made out to her and her husband and accused her of embezzling money. She gave them her husband's number to confirm why she had those checks. They called him and, 30 minutes later, allowed her to board her plane. Her husband said they told him they believed she was going to clean out their bank account and leave him.

That’s a Thorough Search

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Kathy Parker was flying out of Philadelphia National Airport, and when she got through security, she found Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents had poured out the contents of her carry-on bags. One of them also emptied out her wallet and started going through its contents. TSA then called Philadelphia police officers. One officer said they were concerned because she had several checks in her wallet made out to her and her husband and accused her of embezzling money. She gave them her husband's number to confirm why she had those checks. They called him and, 30 minutes later, allowed her to board her plane. Her husband said they told him they believed she was going to clean out their bank account and leave him.

Let Us Give Thanks

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
It is easy to feel disheartened when one faces the reality of the modern American police state, from border checkpoints, to TSA nudie-scanners and gonad gropes, to the never-ending War on Drugs which erodes nearly every single liberty supposedly enshrined in the Bill of Rights...