(DWB) Driving While Black is the Underside of "Stop and Frisk."
I've written before how DWB is a fact of life in the African-American community. I've talked about how a number of my students have been pulled over for simply driving a new car and having skin darker than mine.
The number of times this happened to people I knew is uncountable. The assumptions policemen make about skin color is evident in whom they pull over on the roads in Los Angeles. Now a federal judge has denied New York City officials the seemingly effective tool of "Stop and Frisk."
There seems to be no question that it works and it's a vital part of reducing crime in the Big Apple. However, I've seen the personal toll it takes on people just like me who were born a different color.
If I'd never seen the personal pain of a good person mistreated by a system stacked against him or her, I'd probably be 100% behind Bloomberg. The question is: how many bad experiences should a part of our society experience so that others can feel safer?