|The article “In 2011, NYPD Made More Stops Of Young Black Men Than The Total Number Of Young Black Men In New York” by Ali Gharib is about the disproportionate rates for stopping black and Latino compared to white people. This article calls to mind readings such as Scripting the Black Masculine Body and “Voices from the Margins” by Tricia Rose. Gharib illuminates how the increased stops were said to be related to a decrease in the murder rate. I would say that this has to do with scripting and profiling, as Rose indicates, Hip-hop seems to create a monolithic representation of blackness. Jackson adds to the discourse, “Hyperfascination with the monolithic industry-driven inscription of blackness exposes many negatively scripted Black stereotypes” (117). Resultantly, a script of violence becomes popularized and internalized in society.
English: NYPD Dodge Charger #2909 in midtown Manhattan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)