The double-bind of being Black and an immigrant in working-class predominantly Black neighborhoods places you at an added risk of being churned through both the criminal and immigration court system without much of an escape route. Despite this, immigrants continue to fight for the future they believe Blacks in America deserve.
The figures have been parsed through ad-nauseam in recent years, proving the failure of the program to successfully meet its stated objectives throughout Bloomberg’s mayoral tenure. An exegesis of the program, however, will show that it was actually quite successful, and worked exactly as designed. With every stop, New York’s gilded class was able to imprint a painful reminder that no matter how hard you may fight, the city does not — and will never — actually belong to you.
Originally published for the Daily Intelligencer at NYMag. On March 18, Stephon Clark’s life was brutally taken by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard. Body-cam footage shows police, who were responding to a report of break-ins in the neighborhood, opening fire seconds after one of the officers yells, “gun!” All that was found on Clark’s […]