Stickup Kids

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Randol Contreras, assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton, talks about his new book, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, in which he explores the complexity of the drug trade through research in the South Bronx neighborhood where he grew up.


Randol Contreras

Comments [8]

Tony from Queens

Brian is really trying to drill that assault rifle issue into our heads. Confusing a Bushmaster Ar 15 with an advanced shotgun points to the fact that most people don't know enough about these guns.
If we don't know the differences between one gun and another why are we so quick to ban them all?

Jan. 08 2013 09:12 PM

i tried to post that link twice but it don't take :(

Jan. 08 2013 11:28 AM
fuva from harlemworld

That recent Lopate segment on Tetraethyl Lead and Crime is here:

Jan. 08 2013 11:17 AM
MrD from NYC

Regarding lower crime rates, I heard an interesting interview with Kevin Drum who wrote a Mother Jones article that suggests the phasing out of lead products is what reduced crimes rates in the 90s. Sounds odd, but the research is compelling. Probably would make a good segment.

Jan. 08 2013 11:08 AM
Kat from Astoria

Some of your guests comments are hard to believe. He mentioned "Crime went down during the Dinkins administration." Who is he kidding? Was he riding the graffitied subway then? How often did he get held up in midtown? Did he have to put up with the squeegie guys coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel? The crack years were a terrible time in NY. Saying crime went down is revisionist apologist nonsense. I don't believe Dinkins was at fault, but the city buckled under him to his appeasement and policies of previous city administration. I'm glad those years are over.
I also don't believe he truly felt other options than becoming a crack dealer. The working-class people from his neighborhood that worked minimum wage jobs were the ones who kept his neighborhood together. Not the crack dealers, they were tearing is apart. Those working people were likely glad to see an increased police presence.

Jan. 08 2013 11:00 AM

Removing lead from gas and paint lowered crime rates 20 years later.
Heard on WNYC (maybe Leonard Lopate show?)

Jan. 08 2013 10:57 AM
Jennifer from Westchester

Does Mr. Contreras think legalizing marijuana could help alleviate the crime? Would new legitimate pot businesses help the violence go down in these neighborhoods?

Jan. 08 2013 10:56 AM

Does Professor Contreras see the targeting of illegal drugs in underprivileged neighborhoods as a way to exploit racism and control voting eligibility?

Jan. 08 2013 10:53 AM

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