I've known this person for years and would be one of the first to say that he doesn't have racist bone in his body. That being said it goes to show how misinformed many people are and how little they know about what it really means to be an African American. His comments to me sounded like something I could have heard by watching FOX News.
So now all of a sudden there's a concern about the lives of African American youth? Is that really the case? I don't need to share the statistics. It's a well known fact that Stop and Frisk did not yield the results that it's proponents touted. When looking at the broader picture Stop and Frisk did accomplish something, it instilled fear. The same fear that the overseer used to control the master's slaves. The fear of control. The fear among many youths that they better stay in line or else they'll end up becoming part of the system.
While we're on the subject let's have an honest discussion about Black on Black crime. If you listen to the media you would think that there's no other crime going on. Jamelle Boule's writes in his article in The Daily Beast:
"But there’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no such thing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime—86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other".
It's time for us to stop talking about Black on Black crime and start talking about crime period. While we're at it let's talk about all of the socio-economic conditions that put our youths at risk also.