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Radio Rookies React to Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

Friday, August 16, 2013

In 2011, the New York Police Department made more than 120,000 stops of black and Latino kids between the ages of 14 and 18.  

The total number of black and Latino boys that age in the entire city isn’t much more than that – about 177,000 – which strongly suggests that most teen males with dark skin in New York City will probably get stopped and frisked by the time they are 18.  

In our continuing coverage of this week’s federal court ruling on stop-and-frisk policies,  Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle went out to talk to young people to get their reaction to the judge’s decision. 

You can also listen to a more in depth interview Temitayo did with Commissioner Ray Kelly in this Radio Rookies article, "Commissioner Ray Kelly Talks NYPD’s Relationship with High Crime Neighborhoods." 

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Sanda Htyte

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Radio Rookie Michael Brown and Temitayo Fagbenle

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Comments [5]

Sandra from New York, NY

Great job, Temitayo!

I'd like to make a point that the grammar and vocabulary being used was just fine. John needs to listen better and not assume that just because someone sounds black or latino does not mean they are using poor language.

Don't just assume that it is the intrinsic nature of black or latino cultures that prioritize music listening over education or staying up with the news. That is small-minded. Have you examined socioeconomic factors too, and compared behavior of young white males across a sample of individuals with similar socioeconomic backgrounds?

It should also be noted that "failing to raise your kids" is a pretty cruel thing to say to any parent. With the vast imbalance of wealth, many parents have to work two or three jobs just in order to feed their children (which is first priority when forced with the choice.) This makes it difficult to be able to provide face time to your children. Parents in this situation usually don't have the luxury of being "soccer moms" and such things. And many (but not all) people in the black and latino communities find themselves dealing with this challenge. Before you judge, make sure that you understand the circumstances people are living in. Go and visit some of these neighborhoods.

And try doing what Temitayo did: speak to some of the people and get to know them. You may find that, if put in their situation, you'd do exactly the same thing.

By the way, I'm a white woman with a master's degree and who has had a pretty successful career so far. I listen to rap music when I'm working and I think that Snoop Dogg is an amazing musician (oh, and my master's degree is in classical music performance.) Rap music has not affected my language skills negatively at all. On the contrary, it has expanded my understanding of the world and given me new, creative ideas.

Before you hate, investigate!

Aug. 24 2013 12:47 PM
futonrevolution from NJ

If 'john from office' saying that Blacks and Latinos are lazy, have too many children that they value less than their new-fangled hippitty-hoppitty noise and are better off in police custody, can't speak proper English without unacceptable accents, and are violently anti-establishment are "thinly veiled racist comments" then I'm legitimately frightened of whatever Modern Racists *don't* feel comfortable saying in a public forum.

Aug. 16 2013 05:32 PM
john from office

The problem is a community that fails to raise their children, leaving the courts, the police and the society in general to clean up the mess. These kids have no langauge skills because no one reads to them at home or cares if they speak well. Too busy sticking it to the man, instead of raising their kids.

Gots to get back to my lil Wayne now, bye.

Aug. 16 2013 08:53 AM
MrLigerWoods from NYC

Someone named 'John from the office' likes to leave thinly veiled racist comments. What he wanted to say was: the piece was better than I would of expected from a bunch of black kids who listen to rap music. People like John are part of the problem; rather they ARE the problem 'The Modern Racist'

Aug. 16 2013 08:06 AM
john from office

This was much more listenable then I expected. But, these kids need better language skills and the black community needs to listen or read the news, not just listen to music.

Aug. 16 2013 07:28 AM

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